Recently beach expert Brad Farmer picked Cossie’s Beach as the best in Australia and, with pristine sand, an abundance of wildlife and sparkling seas, it wasn’t hard to see why. Sadly, it also happens to be Australia’s most remote, and therefore most difficult to reach, beach – a fact which no doubt correlates to why it was chosen.
Thankfully, the results from our travel survey are in and the people (you) have spoken. Here are the real top 10 best beaches in Australia. Pens at the ready, your summer to-do list is about to get a whole lot longer.
10. Turquoise Bay, WA
One of the best beaches in WA, Turquoise Bay is in the Cape Range National Park near the town of Exmouth. With pristine, turquoise waters, it’s an ideal spot for snorkelling and swimming.
9. Hyam’s Beach, NSW
Hyam’s Beach is a quaint seaside village on the shores of Jervis Bay, which, according to The Guinness Book of Records, has the whitest sand in the world.
8. Bondi Beach, NSW
Not much explanation needed, Bondi is arguably Australia’s most iconic beach. Be prepared to be surrounded by hundreds of your closest friends here.
7. Byron Bay, NSW
Sprawled between the headlands of the northern New South Wales coast, Byron Bay’s clean, undeveloped and relatively quiet beaches are protected from cool southerly breezes and offer some of Australia’s favourite surf breaks.
6. Manly Beach, NSW
Situated among the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Manly Beach is an easy ferry ride across Sydney Harbour. The home of the Australian Open of Surfing, its smooth ocean breaks make it a great spot to try your hand at catching a wave.
5. Whitehaven Beach, Qld
An award-winning beach on Whitsunday Island, Whitehaven Beach features over seven kilometres of soft, impeccably white sand and warm turquoise water. At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a beautiful fusion of colours. Many claim Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach as the most beautiful places they’ve ever been.
4. Burleigh Heads Beach, Qld
Protected by the point to the south, this north-east facing Gold Coast beach is the perfect place for sun seekers to swim in protected waters or surf around the headland.
3. Noosa Main Beach, Qld
One of the few beaches along Australia’s coastline that faces north. With moderate waves aplenty, Noosa Main Beach is safe for swimming all year round.
2. Cable Beach, WA
A picturesque 22km strip of brilliant white sand, Cable Beach sits on the eastern Indian Ocean, six kilometres west of Broome. Ideal for swimming, sunbathing and beachcombing, you can also ride a camel along the beach at sunrise or sunset, or just marvel at the striking contrast between the red ochre cliffs and turquoise waters.
1. Wineglass Bay, Tas
Located in the Freycinet National Park on the east coast of Tasmania, Wineglass Bay is one of the most photographed places on the Apple Isle. It’s also one of the top 10 beaches in the world.
How many of our members’ favourite Australian beaches have you visited? Which is next on your bucket list?