It’s hardly a secret that holidays in Australia are synonymous with relaxing on the beach, perhaps with a beer or two and a cocktail in the evening. Here are 10 of the very best Aussie beaches for you:
Bondi Beach, Sydney, New South Wales. It may be the most famous, but it lives up to all the hype. Sydney’s Bondi has it all – seafood cafés, cocktail bars, markets and surfers galore – plus the spectacular Bondi to Bronte scenic cliff walk
Haggerstone Island, Queensland. The opposite of bustling Bondi, the pristine white beaches of this private island are the perfect tropical getaway, Robinson Crusoe style. Best of all, it’s situated right on the Great Barrier Reef!
Cottesloe beach, Perth, Western Australia. The locals love it and so will you. Lie on the sparkling white sands, swim in the sapphire-blue seas, or try your hand at a spot of snorkelling or surfing. Join the townsfolk for a ‘Sunday Session’ in one of the unspoilt pubs – a fine local tradition.
Manly Beach, Sydney, New South Wales. This place is built for fun, and is only a short ferry ride away from Sydney itself. The beach is always buzzing, with surf shacks, fish & chip cafes and ice creams available at every turn along the palm-tree lined Corso.
Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia. On the edge of the Indian Ocean, you’ve 22km of sands to enjoy here. This makes it ideal turf for the unforgettable sunset camel rides!
Coral Bay, Coral Coast, Western Australia. If you can’t face the two hour boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef, then this 10-minute jaunt to the beautiful Ningaloo Reef is perfect. As well as turquoise seas, the bay teems with marine life including manta rays, humpback whales and sea turtles.
Bells Beach, Torquay, Victoria. If you’re taking Australia holidays over Easter weekend and love surfing, then head this way for the world’s longest-running surf contest – Rip Curl Pro. Throughout the rest of the year this beach is a Mecca for surfers, and you’ll soon see why.
The Gold Coast, Queensland. Is this cheating? The Gold Coast actually features more than 20 beaches, but they are all perfect in their own special way. For guaranteed sun and fun, the Gold Coast is hard to beat.
Wineglass Bay, Tasmania. This beach manages to be both popular and unspoilt, thanks to its secluded location behind Freycinet National Park, inaccessible by road. If you want to avoid crowds, shops and city bustle, then this arc of gleaming sand is for you.
Byron Bay, New South Wales. Come to this small town for the beautiful sunlit coves and stay for the bohemian atmosphere, with plenty of live music and beach bars. This is the place where Australia’s celebs go to unwind.