The Most Spectacular Beaches In Australia

The Most Spectacular Beaches in Australia

Unique hues and colored sand, turquoise and clear waters, and insane waves and great surf are some of the many things you have to look forward to when visiting Australia's beaches. It's no question that this country is absolutely gorgeous, and its beaches will not disappoint.

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In addition to its beautiful beaches, Australia is known for its natural wonders. You can't visit the stunning country without exploring the famous World Heritage Site: the Great Barrier Reef. It is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, and is the only living thing on Earth visible from space.

There is also a variety of outdoor adventures to embark on while you are there. Go wildlife watching, sandboarding, camping, whitewater rafting, scuba diving, hot air ballooning, and swimming with dolphins.

Bondi Beach, Sydney

This popular beach surrounds Sydney, New South Wales. It was added to the Australian National Heritage List in 2008. The beach is only about 0.62 miles long, but it's a popular spot for sporting competitions, such as the City to Surf Fun Run, and to take surfing lessons.

Byron Bay Beach, Byron Bay

Byron Bay's beaches are among some of the best in Australia. It's a clean beach with turquoise water that offers incredible surf breaks. Head to Cape Byron for whale-watching opportunities. While you are there, visit the close by Nightcap National Park and beautiful Minyon Falls.

Cable Beach, Broome

This gorgeous beach is set against a backdrop of red ochre cliffs. It's a popular tourist destination as there is so much to see and even more to explore. Ride a camel along the beach and view the spectacular sun as it sets over the Indian Ocean. Australian Tourism says, "Cable Beach is a long, flat beach, with gentle rolling waves perfect for swimming, sunbathing and beachcombing."

Coolangatta Beach, Coolangatta

The golden sand and gentle waves make this beach perfect for swimmers of all levels, but the northern corner of Coolangatta Beach is known for its incredible waves, making it popular among surfers. Visitors like this beach because they can take beautiful walks, it is clean, there is convenient access, and there is plenty of room to play around.

Four Mile Beach, Port Douglass

Walk five minutes from the main Port Douglas district and you're at Four Mile Beach. "Great way to spend time in the surf sand and sun! Water was absolutely beautiful – just like taking a nice warm bath. Relax away in this bit of paradise," a recent review on TripAdvisor said.

Hyam’s Beach, New South Wales

This beautiful Australian beach is located on the shores of Jervis Bay. It is known for its soft, fine, and tremendously white sand. Visitors enjoy diving, snorkeling, and swimming in the beach's crystal clear waters. A review on TripAdvisor said: "Stopped off at this little hamlet on Jervis Bay, the whitest sand I have ever seen, so beautiful and tranquil."

Macushla Beach

If you are looking for a secluded beach and you're tired of the millions of tourists, look no further than Macushla Beach. Admire the unique wildlife and beautiful waterfalls, stay at the Hinchinbrook Island Wilderness Lodge, and watch some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world on the nearly empty beach.

Mandalay Beach, Walpole

At this incredible beach in Western Australia, tourists enjoy walking along the huge stretch of white sand and looking out onto the scenic beach from its unique boardwalk. Bonus: You can stay the night; campsites are available nearby.

Manly Beach, Sydney

Manly Beach is one of the most famous surfing beaches in Australia. It is home to the Australian Open of Surfing. Visitors enjoy scuba diving, paddle boarding, and cycling along the coast line. A recent review on TripAdvisor said: "Manly Beach has a special feeling which is unique. Actually it has a real tropical feeling. The shops nearby are reasonably priced and there are great restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Manly Beach is a must see if you come to Sydney."

Mooloolaba Beach, Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba is a resort town that is commonly visited by tourists. It is home to Mooloolaba Beach, a clean beach with pure white sand. Swimmers, surfers, jet skiers, body boarders, and snorkelers flock to this beach for its beautiful waters.

North Wollongong Beach, Sydney

This is an ideal beach for families; it has wading areas, rock pools, and great surf. It's also one of the best places to go skydiving in the world. Adrenaline-seekers enjoy skydiving from the Sydney drop zone – Australia's highest altitude. Enjoy spectacular scenery as you free fall over North Wollongong Beach.

Rainbow Beach, Queensland

Rainbow Beach is one of the best colored sand beaches in the world. It gets its name from its rainbow-colored sand dunes that overlook a gorgeous white sand beach. Tourists enjoy visiting the close by Great Sandy National Park for outdoor adventures.

Shelly Beach, Sydney

Located on the eastern coast of Australia is this small but beautiful beach. The beach forms part of Cabbage Tree Bay, a protected marine reserve. According to, Shelly Beach has become popular for snorkelers and scuba divers alike. It is home to a large variety of marine life, which can be viewed in relatively shallow water.

Surfer’s Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise

Surfer's Paradise Beach is just what it sounds like — paradise — and the ocean provides great surfing opportunities. A review on TripAdvisor said: "The golden beaches in Surfers Paradise are probably some of the best and most pristine in the world."

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island

This island is so secluded, it is only accessible by boat. It is well-known for its spectacular white sand and beautiful scenery. But there is one thing that makes it stand out from the rest: The sand on Whitehaven Beach does not retain heat, making it easy and comfortable to walk around barefoot.