Best beaches in Australia: my pick

Australia’s beaches quite rightly have a reputation for being among the most stunning in the world. The pale, fine sand squeaks beneath your feet, the water remains a brilliant blue all along the coastline, and the palm trees sway overhead as if dancing to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” song. Oh, and don’t forget that beaming sun! Put it all together, and you end up with some seriously beautiful beaches, and highly desirable destinations.

Whenever we’re on vacation in Australia it’s hard not to gravitate to one of its many wonderful beaches. My sisters are always amazed as to how few people are ever on the beach in my photos. This is often because, although the beach is beautiful, it’s unsafe to swim there. Now I’m not talking sharks but riptides and strong under currents.

As you know I rarely dip much more than my toes in the water so I’m most unlikely to be attacked by any marine wildlife much less swept off my feet and out to sea.

Each of these breathtaking Australian beach towns has its own personality, whether it’s an excellent spot for surfing, snorkeling, or simply soaking up the sun. Lather up with sunscreen, pack a towel, your hat and some sunnies, here are some of our favourite awesome Australian beaches.

(Apologies in advance to the many wonderful beaches we’ve yet to visit.)

1. Whitehaven Beach, Queensland

The uninhabited Whitsunday Island can only be visited via boat or seaplane. It’s a beautiful quiet destination which is largely unspoilt by tourists. Just very white sand, shady trees and cool clear water, facilities for BBQ, friendly wildlife, the perfect place to relax!

2. Surfers Paradise Beach, Queensland

One of Australia’s most iconic beaches, Surfers Paradise is a three kilometre walk of golden sand and is also conveniently close to the city with restaurants, shops and attractions all in the one place. It’s a bit too touristy for us but there’s no denying its splendid beach.

3. Noosa Main Beach, Queensland

This is the perfect family-friendly beach. It’s not very crowded and is also surrounded by a boardwalk chock-a-block with great restaurants and boutiques, not forgetting the nearby national park.

4. Manly Beach, New South Wales

This beach is a 20 minute ferry ride from Sydney’s Circular Quay and is a great day excursion. It’s mainly popular for surfing, but also features plenty of shops, restaurants and coffee shops. We’ve visited a couple of times, mainly to marvel at the surf. It’s larger and less crowded than its more famous neighbour, Bondi.

5. Four-Mile Beach, Port Douglas

We stayed in a hotel overlooking this wonderful beach which is a four-mile stretch of shimmering golden sand. It’s aptly named and reminded us of an island destination thanks to its crystal clear waters, tall palm trees and lush green mountains. You can get an Instagram worthy shot of the beach by climbing to the top of Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

6. Burleigh Heads Beach, Queensland

This beach is a popular alternative to Surfers Paradise and is ideal for surfing and swimming. There is also a fantastic walking path that goes for miles on parkland adjacent to the beach.

7. Lighthouse Beach, Port MacQuarie

Port Macquarie is a charming town where the forest meets the sea along the New South Wales coastline. It has a number of explore-worthy beaches but we thought Lighthouse Beach perfect for those looking for some serious relaxation. There’s also a charming coastal walk starting at Town Beach, then along the headlands to Flynns and Shelly Beach.

8. Mooloolaba Beach, Queensland

Another beautiful beach with white fine sand, warm water and a good surf. This is a nicely developed beach that has something for everyone and is really family-friendly.

9. Port Noarlunga, Adelaide

This beach is in a small, sea-side suburb, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) to the south of Adelaide CBD. Originally a sea port, the area is now a popular holiday and commuter destination. I took this photo from the balcony of where we were staying. The jetty connects to a 1.6 kilometres (0.99 miles) long natural reef that is exposed at low tide. The beach is large and very long with reasonable surfing.

10. Mornington Beach, Victoria

Just one of many delightful beaches on the Mornington Peninsula, this one is in Mornington itself and is one of the safe swimming beaches located around the harbour, a short walk from the town. There are lots of small inlet beaches like this on the Peninsula though many of those on the eastern coast are a much more exposed, wilder and not safe for swimming or surfing.

If you’re a beach lover, this small selection of Australia’s wonderful, glorious beaches probably has you dreaming of a holiday in the sun. Don’t just dream, plan!

48 Comments on “Best beaches in Australia: my pick

  1. They all look pretty amazing to me, though, I have to admit, I am a little biased towards Mornington, since my dad was from Melbourne, and most of my rellies are still in Victoria.

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  2. Yes Sheree, we are blessed with many beautiful beaches, and probably the most beautiful in your story is White Haven, the only one that I have not seen, yet. Lovely photos. Lyn

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  3. I have been to Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast!! It’s just superb! Loved the beach with its white sand!! 🤩

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  4. Hi, Sheree. I stopped by to welcome you to annieasksyou; I’m delighted to have you with me on my technojourney, and I hope you ‘ll visit often and comment as you see fit. Thanks, too, for the likes.

    Interesting that I find myself on your Australian beach post. Dear friends are leaving tomorrow for their yearly multi week visit to their son and family in Melbourne. Looks like a wonderful place.

    I have clicked on the box to notify me of subsequent posts. Does that equal “following”?



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    • Pleasure Annie and Melbourne is indeed a wonderful place. There are further posts about Melbourne on the blog following our visits in 2010, 2016 and 2017. Thanks for the follow.

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  5. Your photos are BEAUTIFUL. I was surprised by how similar a couple of the beaches looked to the Atlantic coast beaches on outer Cape Cod in New England (which is where I camp for two weeks each summer…) I am happy to travel to Australia via your photographs. It is deeply and sadly ironic that actually traveling to experience them in person (via a very long plane ride using lots of fossil fuels) would in fact be contributing to their demise due to the various and interwoven detrimental effects of climate change… My heart aches when I read about the intense fires raging in parts of Australia. And the coral reefs dying all around planet earth. Deep sigh. We need to call a global moratorium on fossil fuel consumption and deforestation for the next decade at least until we find/create a new, sustainable balance of life here on planet earth…

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    • I’ve been to Cape Cod so can appreciate the comparisons. Sadly we must all think about living more sustainable lives we cannot leave it to governments, although some are not helping the cause.


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