Photo: Queensland Gold Coast Surfers Paradise
Australian’s love and respect for the ocean is strong and has been from the beginning. Our beaches are accessible to everyone.
They are places where families and friends meet; where Shakespeare competes with the noise of crashing waves; where you can ride a camel at sunset; enjoy a game of cricket; laze in the sun; or cast a rod and fish for tonight’s dinner.
In fact, we have almost 10,700 beaches - in all shapes, sizes and colours. The more popular are closely watched by surf lifesavers, while others are waiting for you to revel in their remoteness, serenity and beauty.
This is, after all, the world’s largest island. And with more than 80% of our population living within 50 kms of the coast, here that you will discover what we’re best at: our love for sun and surf, our relaxed way of life, unique environment and adventures amongst the reefs, islands, wilderness and wildlife.
Feel tropical coral sand, like talc between your toes, or feast your eyes on honey-coloured crescents of gold, tiny pink inlets, boulder-strewn bays, boardwalks bustling with restaurants, cliff flanked sweeps of wild ocean and long, open beaches that stretch for kilometres. Every beach offers a unique experience.
Our beaches are not only places to enjoy the water and sun. Many are located right next to the bush, some even in World Heritage Areas and more in our National Parks, so you can have a bush adventure and beach experience in one. You’ll see native wildlife, birdlife and marine life at these beautiful spots.
Scattered along our coastline are World Heritage gems like Queensland’s Fraser Island,Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. On the western most point is Shark Bay, while offshore, Lord Howe is surely one of the world’s most beautiful islands.
You too can become part of the great Australian beach journey by joining the thousands travelling in their campervans, towing their caravans or hitching their tents along the world’s longest route - Highway One - a 24,000km road that circles the entire continent, ducking and weaving for a large part, along the coastline.
In the Sydney Australia region, you can find wonderful beaches along the beach suburbs, including Bondi, Manly, Coogee and the Sutherland Beaches. Visit:
Savour the pristine white sand beaches of Hymans Beach on the NSW South Coast, recognised as having the whitest sand in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.
Why not swim with tropical fish while marvelling at the explosion of colour hidden beneath the sea, or enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience and swim with gentle but massive whale sharks or cavort with friendly dolphins.
Those who love pristine beaches, sweeping undeveloped coast views, exploring antique shops, fishing and stunning national parks should head to the South Coast of NSW: South Coast NSW Beaches.
Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays also rated as one of the world’s most beautiful. In fact, there are beautiful, even stunning beaches stretching all the way up the Queensland Coast, from the Sunshine Coast to Mackay.
For a Fun in Sun experience located on the Gold Coast, with luxury accommodation, wide sandy beaches and an active nightlife, try Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast.
On the Great Barrier Reef there are sub-tropical islands with pristine beaches to enjoy.
Adelaide also has fabulous beaches, not far from the city centre. See Adelaide Beaches.
Tasmania may not have beaches in the stereotypical Aussie image - sunbaked and fringed with perfect surf but our island state has beaches that are wilder and more elemental, with vast pristine and deserted stretches of clean white sand.
Dive our reefs and waterways and you too will discover our hidden treasures of shipwrecks, relics and reefs.
Victoria, although a compact state, has wonderful beaches on both its East and South Coasts. Gippsland and the Great Ocean Road has thousands of kilometres of beautiful beaches waiting to be explored.
You can head to sea and cruise our coastline, dropping into secluded coves and bays that are accessible only by boat. You can catch a ride with the thousands of Sydney commuters whose ferry ride each day is on the world’s most beautiful harbour to visit .
Map shows beaches from Manly Beach to Palm Beach - See Northern Beaches Map. Also shows Whale Beach, Avalon Beach, Bilgola Beach, Newport Beach, Bungan Beach, Mona Vale Beach, Warriewood Beach, Turimetta Beach, Narrabeen Beach, Collaroy Beach, Dee Why Beach, Curl Curl Beach, and Freshwater Beach.
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Photo: Sydney Manly Beach