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9 Of The Most Beautiful Beaches Across Australia

Kangaroo hopping / jumping mid air on sand near the surf on the beach at Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Esperance, Western Australia

Is there anything more Australian than a day at the beach?

Whether you spend your day diving through the waves or stretched out on the sand, if there’s one way to spend a day in Australia, it’s on the beach. Luckily enough, Australia is a nation renowned for it’s beautiful beaches. But to help you choose your next destination, we’ve narrowed it down to a list of the 9 most beautiful Australian beaches which should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Seal Rocks, NSW
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Seal Rocks, NSW

Seal Rocks is named after the seals that lounge around the rocks at the base of the beach’s headland. Seal Rocks’ charm lies in the fact it is little more than a beach, convenience store, holiday houses and the Sugarloaf Lighthouse. This is what makes Seal Rocks ‘Number One Beach’ so stunning, it is a lesser known holiday destination, though is a noted surfing and diving destination. Seal Rocks has also featured in the film Adore which showcases its beauty.

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Mid North Coast of NSW, 3.5 hours drive Sydney CBD
Bondi Beach, NSW
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Bondi Beach, NSW

Easily the most famous and recognisable beaches in Australia, it is impossible to leave Bondi off the list. The beach is loved by swimmers and surfers, local and international alike. Although only 1 km long, it can and does pack thousands of people onto the sand. Bondi is best early in the morning to avoid the rush. The great shops and restaurants that back onto the beach are another reason to visit, and the ocean pool is stunning if you want to avoid the surf.

20 minutes from Sydney CBD, NSW
Gibson's Steps, VIC
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Gibson's Steps, VIC

Minutes away from the Twelve Apostles, Gibson’s Steps beach is a natural wonder in itself. The Beach is beautiful, where orange sand meets blue water, but it is the two jutting rocks, named Gog and Magog, that make it famous. The rocks are best viewed from the observations platforms at the top of the long staircase that leads down to the beach. The beach is very popular for fishing, however swimming can be dangerous due to rips and waves.

Along the Great Ocean Rd, VIC
Turquoise Bay, WA

Turquoise Bay, WA

Turquoise Bay is Western Australia’s most beautiful Beach, which is saying something as WA is known for its stunning coast. As it is located in a National Park it has been afforded a degree of protection, leaving it with crystal clear water and immaculate sands. Turquoise Bay has amazing snorkelling opportunities, as part of the Ningaloo Marine Park, which is home to Australia’s largest fringing coral reef. If you are lucky, you can spot octopus, stingrays or green sea turtles.

Cape Range National Park, WA
Cable Beach, WA
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Cable Beach, WA

Cable Beach is a 22km stretch of incredibly beautiful beach, with unspoilt white sand dunes, turquoise water and red cliffs, it attracts visitors from around Australia and the world. Cable Beach has famously beautiful sunsets, but is more famous for its iconic beach camel rides. Chairs, umbrellas and paddle-boards are available for hire to round out a great beach-day experience. Stay for the evening to catch a show at the Cable Beach Amphitheatre, or watch a Cable Beach Polo match.

km West of Broome CBD, WA
The Basin, WA
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The Basin, WA

The Basin has all the staples of a gorgeous beach, from the clear blue water to the clean white sands. The Basin stands out due to the natural rock formations that creates a swimming pool. A few steps along the shallow reef platform and you will be standing in a hole in the reef roughly the size and depth of a man-made swimming pool, only filled with crisp, refreshing ocean water. The Basin is accessible by ferry from four ports around Perth ($67.50 per adult).

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Rottnest Island, WA
Coral Bay, WA
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Coral Bay, WA

Coral Bay is a popular holiday destination for Australians, and it is easy to see why. The beach is protected from the elements by the Ningaloo Reef, a fringing reef, meaning the reef starts right at the waters edge, against the white sand. The beach is known for its wildlife, from the turtles that nest there, the fish that swim around the reef and the Whale Sharks which are around from March to June. Snorkelling, scuba diving and kayaking tours are available to make the most of the Beach.

Coral Bay Town, WA, 1200 km north of Perth
Noosa Main Beach, QLD
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Noosa Main Beach, QLD

Noosa is a very popular holiday destination, famed for its stunning beaches, great shops and excellent restaurants. The main beach has gorgeous clear water and gentle waves, perfect for children or those learning to surf, and is patrolled by lifesavers 365 days a year. Opportunities for swimming, snorkelling, standup paddle-boarding and surfing makes Noosa’s Main Beach a wonderful experience for everyone who loves the water.

Sunshine Coast QLD, 1.5 hours north of Brisbane CBD
Whitehaven Beach, QLD
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Whitehaven Beach, QLD

Whitehaven Beach is renowned world wide as one of the most beautiful beaches, and it’s easy to see why with its pristine, soft white sand and stunningly clear turquoise waters. Part of the beauty of Whitehaven is that it is hard to reach, accessible only by boat, seaplane or helicopter from Hamilton Island or Airlie Beach (Snorkelling day trip to Whitehaven from Hamilton $149 per adult). 7km of virtually untouched beach and crystal clear waters makes Whitehaven our number one. The untouched nature of the beach means you will have to pack your own food and drink, but few places offer such a picturesque spot for a picnic.

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Whitsunday Islands, QLD

Looking for more beachy inspiration across Australia? Dive straight into the best snorkelling spots across the country, or if you need a drink after all that sunbathing, look no further than our list of the top 10 Australian beach bars. In New South Wales, look for peace and quiet with our run down of the best secluded beaches around Sydney.

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This article was first published by Hunter and Bligh on November 23 2018. Images were checked and updated on February 17 2021.
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