While it’s hard to narrow down the actual number of beaches in Australia due to varying definitions of the world, the University of Sydney has managed to count approximately 10,000.
10, 000 Australian beaches!
As if you didn’t need any more reason to hit the sand this summer, we’ve picked our top 10 Aussie beaches you simply have to discover this summer. It was tough to pick just 10, trust us! Covering the length of breadth of our island home, the only question is, which beach will you be heading to as the weather heats up?
A hop, skip and a jump from the heart of Sydney, Bronte Beach is slightly less congested than its world-famous neighbour, Bondi, but just as picturesque. With rocky and rugged patches, Bronte is popular with surfers and bodyboarders taking advantage of the impressive swells. It also has an array of natural rock pools for visitors wishing to take a dip, and a large park on the foreshore - the ideal location for a summer BBQ.
Perhaps Perth’s most popular beach, Cottesloe, is an oasis located a 30 minute drive from the city centre. Its conditions are perfect for swimming, boarding, surfing or snorkelling. Escape the hustle and bustle of Perth and join the crowds taking in a picture-perfect Cottesloe Beach sunset over the Indian Ocean. Cafes, surf schools and a surf club are all located here.
The beaches of Far North Queensland are some of the most beautiful in Australia, and Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas is no exception. Pure white sand and crystal clear waters await you here, on a beach that is reminiscent of a remote tropical island paradise - but only minutes in to town. A palm tree lined four mile stretch of coastal perfection, Four Mile Beach is quiet, private and the ideal destination for swimming, lazing in the sun or for envy-inducing photo ops.
If you find yourself on the north-western tip of Western Australia, your trip isn’t complete without a visit to Cable Beach. Broome’s majestic coastal hotspot, Cable Beach stretches an astounding 22km and has, thankfully, remained mostly untouched. It boasts white sand and turquoise water bordered by red cliffs and an experience you didn’t think possible in such a remote area of Australia. Cable Beach is well-suited to a range of leisure activities, including swimming, fishing, surfing and its iconic camel rides.
Nestled in the Torquay region of the unmissable Great Ocean Road, Bells Beach is perhaps most well-known for its world class surfing opportunities and the Rip Curl Pro surfing competition. Outside of its place on the world surfing stage, Bells Beach has been a mandatory pitstop on the Great Ocean Road for decades, offering unrivalled views of the Southern Ocean and a chance to get close to some of Victoria’s most breathtaking natural wonders. Surfing here is recommended only for the experienced, due to its large swells and exposed reef.
Veer away from the crowded Adelaide beaches of Glenelg and Henley and head 90 minutes down the South Australia coast to Normanville, located on the striking Fleurieu Peninsula. A small coastal town, Normanville Beach is a well-kept secret and it's easy to see why. A slice of paradise with pristine sand, warm, clear water and lots of grassy areas for leisure activities, Normanville Beach is a short stroll in to the town itself, which is equipped with all the essentials you’ll need to have a quiet beach break. Oh - and the sunsets here are incredible!
Oprah may have made it famous to the rest of the planet, but we Aussies have always known what a world-class gem Whitehaven Beach is. Probably the closest thing to coastal perfection in our entire great Southern land, this is 7km of absolute bliss on Whitsunday Island. Sand white enough to blind you and water so turquoise it’s hard to comprehend, Whitehaven Beach has luckily managed to escape the fate of many beaches that explode in popularity. This is probably thanks to its accessibility, which is restricted to boat, helicopter or seaplane from the nearby hotspots of Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island. The Great Barrier Reef’s diamond has to be seen to be believed.
If each state of Australia competed against each other for one beach to rule them all, the Bay of Fires would be Tasmania’s contender. Who knew beaches like this existed in little old Tassie? The quality of the sand, water and the superb views this region offers are on par with some of the best beaches in the world, and the area is a mix of fantastic swimming beaches, seaside walks, rugged coastline and surfing spots. The local flora and fauna found here only adds to its overall appeal.
Victoria is jam-packed with awesome beaches, but Canadian Bay, located on the Mornington Peninsula, should be at the top of any visitors beach bucket list. Belonging to the exclusive Peninsula town of Mt Eliza, Canadian Bay is a small beach accessible by a set of wooden stairs and if it wasn’t for them - you wouldn’t even know this coastal gem existed! The water is tepid, shallow and perfect for kids, and there is a great walking track along the above bluff. The rocky reefs are a busy spot for keen fisherman.
Horseshoe Bay almost always makes an appearance on lists of the best beaches in Australia - and for very good reason. It offers every beach activity under the sun, all from the confines of the stunning Magnetic Island off the coast of Townsville. Paddleboarders, swimmers, fisherman, snorkelers, sailors, jet skiers, kayakers, horse riders and walkers all flock to Horseshoe Bay year-round. Where the blue Far North Queensland waters of the Coral Sea meet the lush greenery of Magnetic Island- that’s where you want to be!
Have we inspired you to take a road trip to one of these exceptional Aussie beaches? We hope so! Happy summer from the team at EFM.