8 Best Beaches in Australia
Australia has some of the world's most amazing seaside destinations. People travel Down Under searching for great surfing conditions, fun social beach scenes, sunshine, and beautiful scenery. Part of the attractiveness is that travelers can choose the type of beach experience that they want to have in Australia. Some of the country's best beaches are located near urban areas, so they are very easy to reach and are surrounded by all the comforts that a big city can provide. Other beaches are completely remote and offer visitors the chance to get away from it all. It is possible to find great beaches all around the country, but there certainly are some standout beach destinations that attract both locals and tourists.
Here are the eight best beaches in Australia.
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Bells Beach is one of Australia's best surfing destinations. The waves are almost always impressive here, and the beach even hosts a pro surf event annually. Surfers come to Australia seeking waves, and Bells is certainly the place to find them, but there is more to Bells Beach than great breaks. A couple of popular family beaches and suntanning spots are also found in the area.
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It wouldn't be a mistake to call Fraser Island one large beach. This is because it was formed by sand. The world's largest sand island, Fraser draws people seeking something beyond the typical beach experience. Tourists come here to take 4×4 tours of the sand, trek through the wilderness and even catch sight of the island's wildlife. With a huge menu of activities and attractions, Fraser Island is a great option for people seeking a beach experience that is out of the ordinary.
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This urban beach is the most famous in Australia. It draws locals and tourists alike. Bondi is a place to sun-tan, people-watch, swim, surf, and basically, enjoy all the beach-based activities that you could ever think of. Cafes, surf and swimsuit shops, and great restaurants and nightspots give people plenty of options if they want to step away from the water and sand for a few hours.
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With over 20 kilometers of white sands, Cable is one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire Southern Hemisphere. Located near the Western Australian vacation destination of Broome, Cable is a great place for those who want to sit on the beach, swim, surf or simply stake out a section of sand where they can wait for Cable's famously stunning sunsets.
Gold Coast Beaches
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Australia's Gold Coast, located in Queensland, has numerous beach options. Surfer's Paradise is a popular spot for both domestic and international tourists and is known as one of Australia's more-glamorous beaches. In addition to great stretches of sand and good surfing conditions, this urbanized seaside area has great shopping, dining and nightlife scenes, ideal for people who want lots of excitement away from the beach.
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Australia has some really stunning white sand beaches, but Hyams Beach is often singled out for its pure white sands. Yes, this place is a good destination because of its stunning seaside landscapes, but also because it has lots of attractions and features for families. It is easy to rent a cottage or bungalow that can accommodate a family-sized group. Parks and gardens can be found near the beach, giving families some options away from the water and sand.
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Located on the nature-dominated Whitsunday Island (near the Great Barrier Reef), this pristine six-kilometer long beach is known for its white sands, clear waters, and lack of crowds. The area boasts some amazing scuba diving spots and plenty of chances to explore nature in the inland rainforests.
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Known for its surfing conditions and for the beautiful rainforests that are located just inland, Byron Bay is a good choice for nature-lovers and surf-seekers. Byron is also known for its laid-back vibe. It has cheap accommodations, a great party scene, and plenty of non-beach attractions. Backpackers and people seeking an out-of-the-mainstream destination come here to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.