Top 10 Amazing Australian Beach Destinations [Slideshow]
If you’re planning a trip to the ‘Land of Oz’, chances are you’re overwhelmed with the options available, with over 50,000 kilometres of coastline to explore.
As it can take several hours to travel between destinations, choosing one or two makes more sense for the budget, especially if you’ve found a great travel deal to your favourite location.
All of the major cities sit close to perfect stretches of white sand, surf breaks and the beach culture the country is famous for. Therefore, it’s possible to take day trips to the beach and explore the city at the same time.
For example, stay in the Sydney CBD to be close to Bondi, Tamarama and Coogee Beaches. Melbourne is the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula, Brisbane gives easy access to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and it’s just a short drive to Cottesloe Beach, from Perth.
However, if you can’t stand to be away from the sand and the sea, stay in one of these top 10 amazing Australian beach destinations.
Rottnest Island, Western Australia
A paradise located just off the coast of Perth, Rottnest Island is the place to relax in the heart of pristine nature. Here, bicycles are transport, snorkel gear is paramount and spotting wildlife is a daily occurrence. For divers, there are over 13 underwater shipwrecks to explore.
The Gold Coast, Queensland
The Gold Coast is famous as being a ‘glitter strip’ of bikinis, shops, nightclubs and parties. Branch away from the tourist mecca of Surfers Paradise, to find the local havens of Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta, to enjoy the best of both worlds along stunning stretches of coast.
Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
The Freycinet National Park is home to some of Tasmania’s most spectacular landscapes, including Wineglass Bay. Stay at a B&B or bring a caravan to kayak, fish and hike around panoramic coastal vistas.
Bondi, New South Wales
Bondi is famous the world over for it’s strip of postcard perfect coast. When you stay here, you can have your morning swim, people-watch over coffee at a trendy cafe, hit the markets and start all over again. Don’t forget to do the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, for incredible views.
Phillip Island, Victoria
Phillip Island is an international motorsport spot, but it’s also home to stunning beaches. Here, you can see the nightly penguin parade, watch a colony of fur seals, catch a glimpse of koalas curled in the trees and dine on seafood at seaside villages.
The Sunshine Coast lives up to its name, with a wealth of beaches to visit. As a base, Noose Heads offers fabulous restaurants, designer boutiques, nightclubs and a wide range of accommodation options. It’s also a hub for water sports and triathlons, if you’re feeling active.
Manly, New South Wales
A short ferry ride from the Sydney CBD, Manly is a cosmopolitan town set on the shores of a long, sparkling stretch of white sand. Surfing, swimming, shopping, wining and dining are top priorities here. Hire a bike to discover hidden coves and picnic spots.
Lord Howe Island
World-Heritage listed Lord Howe Island is a short flight away from either Sydney or Brisbane. Here, you can feed wild fish by hand, hike through lush terrain and bike around the island in peace – there are only 400 visitors allowed at any one time.
The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
The magnificent 12 Apostles await, along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. Apart from the dramatic coastal drive, beach towns along the way offer the perfect seaside break. Try Torquay, Lorne and Apollo Bay for succulent seafood dining, cafe culture and surfing.
Whitsunday Islands, Queensland
The Whitsundays sit like island gems along the Great Barrier Reef. Resorts such as Dream Island, Hamilton Island and Hayman Island offer exclusive accommodation with everything you need for a tropical break, including pools, sporting activities and seaside, sunset cocktails.