Oceania's Top 100+ Beaches

  • Palm Beach // Australia

    Palm Beach
    Simon Morris

    Sandwiched between Burleigh Heads and Tallebudgera Creek on the north end and Currumbin Point to the south, Palm Beach is a popular patrolled beach on Queensland's glorious Gold Coast.

    The sandy beach extends for about 4km (2.5 miles) parallel to the busy Gold Coast Highway 200m to the west. Park on one of the many side streets and direct… read more »

  • Medlands Beach // New Zealand

    Medlands Beach
    being grateful journal

    Surrounded by lush forest, Medlands Beach lies on Oruawharo Bay on the east coast of Great Barrier Island, just off New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula. It is linked to the North Island by regular ferry services to Tryphena, which last approximately an hour.

    Its pristine white sand is a favourite with both swimmers and surfers, with Medlands being the closest surf… read more »

  • Hot Water Beach // New Zealand

    Hot Water Beach
    Carsten Arsten

    Not your run-of-the-mill beach by any means, Hot Water Beach gets its name, not from the waters of the Pacific Ocean it meets, but from two underground naturally heated springs that well up through the soft sand two hours either side of low tide.

    Rent a spade from the onsite café and prepare your very own private spa, relaxing in mineral… read more »

  • Koekohe Beach // New Zealand

    Koekohe Beach

    The long sandy beach at Koekohe is famous for one thing - the Moeraki Boulders. These particularly large spherical boulders are technically known as septarian concretions. Some of the rocks measure nearly 3 metres across and most have a cracks in their surfaces making them appear like some sort of giant dinosaur eggs. The fact that they are hollow

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  • New Chum Beach // New Zealand

    New Chum Beach
    © Pseudopanax / CC BY

    The 1 km long pristine white-sand of New Chum beach sits in a secluded spot on the northeastern coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. Although not far from the nearest settlement this beach retains a very unspoilt feel.

    At the northern end of the beach is the 171 m tall wooded hill of Pukenui whilst the southern end is overlooked by… read more »

  • Newport Beach // Australia

    Newport Beach
    © Maurice van Creij / CC BY

    North of Bungan Head, Newport Beach has long red-golden sands that extend north from Newport Rockpool for about 1.3 kilometres.

    At the north end of the beach the sand stops at a tumble of rocks beneath the headland known as The Peak. Newport Beach is a top spot for surfing as it is home to three-times world surf champion Tom Carroll.… read more »

  • Nielsen Park // Australia

    Nielsen Park

    Don't let the name scare you off, but Shark beach in Nielsen Park is one of Sydney's very finest beaches. Not only do you not have to worry about sharks (the beach is netted) it is also tucked away on the sheltered side of South Head meaning there are no Pacific waves to knock you off your feet. Combine this… read more »

  • Washaway Beach // Australia

    Washaway Beach
    © Doug Beckers / CC BY

    Washaway Beach faces east into Sydney Harbour with superb views across to Balmoral and the Manley Ferry coming and going. After a storm, the sand really does get washed away, exposing the rocky slab beneath! At other times it boasts a 200m stretch of sand and waves usually 0.5m or more, depending on the outside swell.

    At high tide you may… read more »

  • Gordon's Bay // Australia

    Gordon's Bay
    Martin7d2

    Something of a secret beach, if they exist in Sydney, the tiny Gordon's Bay is situated about halfway between Clovelly and Coogee beaches. The small patch of sand here is flanked by sandstone cliffs with an offshore reef providing shelter from the waves. This makes it something of a favourite spot for fishing, diving and launching small boats. This is… read more »

  • Lady Bay Beach // Australia

    Lady Bay Beach
    © bfdingo / CC BY

    Also known as Lady Jane Beach, this little beach is located just around the corner from Camp Cove in Watsons Bay. The beach here sits on the sheltered harbour-facing side of South Head making it and ideal spot for taking a dip, or just taking in the views across the harbour. And don't worry if you forget your cozzie, Lady Bay… read more »

  • Hanauma Bay // USA

    Hanauma Bay
    © Banzai Hiroaki / CC BY

    The sandy beach of Hanauma Bay is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu. Given the wealth of beautiful beaches in Hawaii, what makes this one so special?
    Well, firstly it is a bit of a stunner. The crescent of golden sand looks out onto the near circular bay formed from two sunken… read more »

  • Whareroa Beach // New Zealand

    Whareroa Beach
    © Pseudopanax

    Whareroa Beach is located within the Queen Elizabeth Park on the North Island's Kapiti Coast. Situated between Paekakariki and Raumati South the beach looks out over Kapiti Island, a nature reserve 5km off the coast.

    There are a number of wide, open lawned areas near Whareroa Beach which provide visitors with plenty of space for picnics and recreational activities. Public… read more »

  • Hahei Beach // New Zealand

    Hahei Beach
    © Luke Harries / CC BY

    Set on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, Hahei is often overlooked in favour of its better known neighbour, Cathedral Cove. Famed for its limestone rock arch, Cathedral Cove has been used a location in a number of films including the Chronicles of Narnia movies.

    But Hahei beach itself is well worth a visit. It has the same limestone cliffs and… read more »

  • Oneroa Beach // New Zealand

    Oneroa Beach
    © J.E. Mcgowan / CC BY

    This long crescent of sand is considered the main beach on Waiheke Island. Set in a wide sheltered bay on the northern side of the islands biggest village, Oneroa, it has plenty of facilities such as a free BBQ area, public toilets and a playground for children.

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  • Little Oneroa Beach // New Zealand

    Little Oneroa Beach
    © CC BY

    Little Oneroa beach is situated on Waiheke Island, around an hour's travel from Auckland. It forms the southern end of the sweeping white sands of Oneroa Bay, which is also the location of the island's main village.

    The beach here is separated from the villages main beach (Big Oneroa) by a small finger of rock which can easily be climbed… read more »