The 5 Best Beaches in Australia


Australian beaches are famous around the world thanks to their white sand, perfect waves and endless sunshine.

With over 25,000 kilometers of coastline, there is plenty to discover. Whether you're a local or come on holiday, here are the top 5 beaches you can't miss in Australia!

1 – Noosa Main Beach

Located just a few hours from Brisbane, just one visit to this beach and you'll feel like you're on vacation.

With beautiful white sands and crystal blue waters, it's a must-visit if you're visiting South East Queensland. In the city there are many restaurants where you can stop for lunch.

The 5 Best Beaches in Australia - Plus the Most Popular

Not far from the beach, moderate-sized waves break regularly, making it a good spot for surfing. This beach is a true tropical paradise.

After visiting Noosa Main Beach, take time to visit the nearby Noosa National Park, there you can go hiking and see koalas, native lizards and even whales diving into the water as they migrate up and down the coast!

2 – Main beach on North Stradbroke Island

Staying in sunny Queensland, but heading down the coast for a few hours, you'll reach North Stradbroke Island's main beach. Similar to Noosa, this is a beautiful unspoilt beach surrounded by green bushland. Perfect for a morning walk followed by a swim in the ocean.

North Stradbroke Island's main beach is suitable for camping and accessible via 4×4. With plenty of campsites right there on the sand itself, you can't get a better beach vacation than this. If you are an avid fisherman or surfer, you have come to the right place. Catch a wave, catch a fish and end the day with a relaxing break on 33 kilometers of white sand.

The 5 Best Beaches in Australia - Plus the Most Popular

If you want to swim, there is a dedicated, patrolled swimming area to ensure your safety. Enjoy the warm Queensland sun and listen to the crashing waves.

North Stradbroke Island is also a great place to enjoy some other beach activities such as sandboarding and snorkeling. There are also great hiking trails that lead directly to freshwater lakes. There's a lot to explore here, on the second largest sand island in the world!

3 – Wineglass Bay

Located just a short flight from Melbourne is the island state of Tasmania. Most importantly, this is home to Wineglass Bay, the next beach on our list.

Although this beach has beautiful white sand, it also has pink granite rocks that rise directly under the sea. Depending on which part of Wineglass Bay you are in, you can climb these rocks close to the water.

The beach itself is located within the Freycinet National Park, so you can climb one of the hills for an incredible view of the entire bay or take it a little slower and head down to the soft white sand and relax. No matter what you choose to do, you're sure to find spectacular views wherever you go.

Wineglass Bay is the most photographed and viewed location in all of Tasmania, and with one look at this beach, you'll also understand why.

If you enjoy the outdoors and nature, you'll love exploring Tasmania in general. This island is full of ancient forests as well as pristine national parks for you to explore. Do yourself a favor and visit them all while exploring Wineglass Bay.

4 – Bondi Beach

Next up is Bondi Beach, the best-known beach in all of Australia. Just a 20-minute drive from central Sydney, you'll step out of the bustling city and onto a relaxing beach. You'll find fine sand stretching around Bondi, as well as plenty of waves, popular for swimming and surfing.

The 5 Best Beaches in Australia - Plus the Most Popular

Feel safe knowing that professional lifeguards patrol the beach 365 days a year. Bondi is unfortunately known for rips (currents that can drag swimmers) so rest assured that if you get caught in one there will be someone to help you.

Just a few steps from Bondi is a restaurant district with many cafes and restaurants. Grab a coffee or something to eat after you've had your fill of the beach.

If you're looking for something else to do, why not take a walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach. This is a popular morning walk with fantastic views of the cliffs and Tasman Sea.

5 – Lucky Bay

Head to the opposite side of the continent and you'll find yourself in Western Australia, the home of Lucky Bay.

Lucky Bay has been named the whitest beach in Australia, and you'll quickly see why if you're lucky enough to visit this stunning area. Lucky Bay offers calm conditions with fewer currents, making it great for those who aren't the best swimmers.

If you bring some extra gear, you can even go snorkeling in the sparkling turquoise waters.

Now, one of this beach's most iconic Australian features is its constant visitors… and I'm not talking about tourists. Kangaroos are commonly seen at Lucky Bay. If you want to be sure to see some kangaroos here, visit the beach at dusk or dawn.

Kangaroos aside, we guarantee you'll be amazed by the serenity of Lucky Bay and may never want to leave.


Australia has many beautiful beaches but these 5 stand out for obvious reasons, with their sparkling white sands, crystal blue waters and tropical surroundings there is something enchanting for everyone. Walk to the top of Wineglass Bay for stunning views, relax on the sands of Noosa Main Beach or watch the kangaroos cavort on the white sands of Lucky Bay.

We hope this list has inspired you to pull out your bucket list and jot down some extra beach destinations, because you definitely won't want to miss these!


Louis is a big fan of all things camping and hiking in Australia. He writes about enjoying the outdoors at Outdoor Explorer. You can also follow him on YouTube and Facebook.

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