If you’re looking for some of the best beaches, Australia truly has some of the most beautiful and unique beaches in the entire world. Australia actually has more beaches than any other country. With over 10,000 beaches around Australia you are spoiled for choice of incredible beaches. The following is my list Australia’s Most Beautiful Beaches. Not only are all these beaches absolutely beautiful, but they all also have some interesting and unique about them. Put these all on your list of must see Aussie beaches!
I’ll preface this by saying that I have not been to every beach in Australia, but I have seen my fair share of beautiful beaches. I do consider myself a bit of a beach snob, meaning I am quite picky with my criteria. I’m talking white sand, crystal clear water and little to no crowds, plus something unique about it is an added bonus. So grab your camera & your reef safe sunscreen and get ready to visit Australia’s most beautiful beaches.
MY TOP 10 AUSTRALIAN BEACHES
BAY OF FIRES, TASMANIA
The Bay of Fires beach in Tasmania (also pictured above) would have to be my favourite Australian beach of all time. The pristine white sand and crystal clear water rival some Caribbean beaches. The sand at Bay of Fires is silica sand, that beautiful pure white sand that squeaks when you walk on it. Not only is this beach extremely beautiful but it’s easy to access and the crowds are minimal. Even in peak season, during school holidays, there are very few people on the beach on any given day.
BLUE HAVEN BEACH, ESPERANCE
Esperance in general has a ton of beautiful beaches, it’s so hard to pick just one! But the last time I visited Blue Haven Beach there was a wild seal hanging out here that swam and played with us for an hour. It was the coolest experience that “sealed the deal” and made this my favourite beach in Esperance. You can watch the video here. Needless to say the water is absolutely stunning and there is an incredible staircase to access this beach which makes for a great photo.
WHITEHAVEN BEACH, WHITSUNDAYS
Whitehaven Beach is notorious for being the most picturesque beach in Australia, possibly one of the most beautiful in the entire world. With the view of the beach from Hill Inlet you’ll see the swirling white sand mixed amongst the turquoise water. It truly is an incredible sight to see. Be aware that Whitehaven Beach is located on an island and is therefore only accessible via a tour. Tours can be taken from Hamilton Island or Airlie Beach. Just make sure you book a tour that takes you to Hill Inlet otherwise you may miss out on the most breathtaking view and the nicer part of Whitehaven Beach.
LUCKY BAY, ESPERANCE
Lucky Bay is located in Cape Le Grand National Park near Esperance. This beach is well known for the friendly kangaroos that chill out on the beach. Lucky Bay is fairly excluded throughout the year with the exception of school summer holidays when it gets a bit busier. The beach itself is pristine white sand, beautiful clear water and an experience unlike any other with the local kangaroos.
To find more beautiful beaches around Esperance check out my Esperance Travel Guide.
TURQUOISE BAY, EXMOUTH
The name Turqouoise Bay is a perfect description of this beach. The water is an incredible turquoise colour. But what makes this beach special is the coral reef lying only a couple meters off the shore. In my opinion I find the snorkelling here to be even better than the Great Barrier Reef. The reef is so colourful, its easy to access and you’ll find plenty of sea turtles frequenting this area. Turquoise bay is a one of a kind location that is a must see in Australia.
HAMELIN BAY, MARGARET RIVER
Another beautiful beach with wild animal encounters is Hamelin Bay. There are a number of friendly resident stingrays that frequent this beach. Local fishermen clean their fish in the water which causes the stingrays to hang around for hours every morning. To see the stingrays it’s best to arrive before noon, although you can commonly see them later in the day as well. The beach is yet another beautiful Aussie beach and is fairly unknown to the general public meaning there’s little to no crowds here at any given time.
TWO PEOPLE’S BAY, ALBANY
Albany is a seriously underrated city for gorgeous beaches. One of my favourite beaches around Albany is Two People’s Bay. It’s secluded meaning there are very few people that come here. The water is clear and the sand is perfect. Something that makes this beach unique is the huge rock in the centre of the beach which makes for a great photo op.
GIBSON’S STEPS, GREAT OCEAN ROAD
Gibson’s Steps is one of the most incredible stops along the Great Ocean Road. This is the only beach on my list that cannot be swam at but it’s so unique that it has made my top 10 list of Australia’s most beautiful beaches. On this beach you can get up close to 2 of the 12 Apostles, rock formations emerging from the ocean. It’s also one of my favourite sunset locations in all of Australia. Note that this beach can only be accessed at low tide.
CABLE BEACH, BROOME
Cable beach is a 22 km stretch of pristine white sand and stunning turquoise water. Broome is located in the far north of Western Australia meaning that it rarely gets busy. Since the beach is so big the crowds are very minimal no matter what time of year you visit. The beach is beautiful during the day, but at sunset is when the real magic happens. It seems like nearly everyone in Broome heads to the beach to watch the incredible sunset. You’ll see a few rows of camels walking along the beach at golden hour. It really is a beautiful sight to see and a sunset unlike any you’ve ever experienced.
HYAMS BEACH, JERVIS BAY
Hyams Beach is said to have the “whitest” sand out of all the Australian beaches, according to Google. I’m not sure whether that’s true or not but it is an absolutely gorgeous beach. It was once only well known to the locals a beautiful hidden gem, however word has spread about how beautiful this beach is now making it tourist attraction. For me the drawback of this beach is how crowed it gets, particularly in the summer months. If you want the beach to yourself I suggest going out early before the crowds arrive.
Australia has far more than 10 beautiful beaches and I couldn’t just end this list without including some more must see beaches. I’ve included a few of my other favourite beaches & some that I haven’t been to yet but have been on my radar for a while. Be sure to add these beaches to your must see list as well.
PINKY BEACH, ROTTNEST ISLAND
Pinky beach is a gorgeous beach on Rottnest Island with a great view of the lighthouse. Plus you’ll see plenty Quokkas running around – the world’s happiest animals.
BONDI BEACH, SYDNEY
Bondi Beach is without a doubt the most popular & busiest beach in Australia. Located in Sydney, the whole Bondi area is filled with cafes, bars & stores. And you can’t miss Bondi Iceburgs, the worlds most photographed ocean side pool.
EYRE PENINSULA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
An area that I haven’t travelled to yet but I’ve been wanting to travel here for some time now. The water & beaches look absolutely incredible. This is an area that is famous for swimming with friendly sea lions.
SHELL BEACH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
One of the only 4 beaches in the world made up completely of shells. Shell Beach has trillions of tiny shells along a 60 km stretch and 7-10 km depth.
BRIGHTON BEACH, MELBOURNE
One of the most colourful beaches in Australia. Brighton Beach in Melbourne is lined with 82 iconic beach boxes. It’s a great beach that’s close to the city to hangout at & swim on a warm summer day.
LAKE MCKENZIE, FRASER ISLAND
The only lake beach on this list, Lake Mckenzie is filled with incredibly clear water and lined with pure white silica sand. It’s one of the many beautiful sights on Fraser Island.
MEELUP BEACH, DUNSBOROUGH
Dunsborough is lined with a lot of amazing beaches so you can’t go wrong with any of them. Meelup Beach is the most popular one for locals and tourists yet never gets too crowded. The water here is incredibly clear and calm making it a perfect beach to relax and swim.
PORT WILLUNGA BEACH, FLEURIEU PENINSULA
My favourite beach in South Australia is Port Willunga. You’ll find these picturesque old train sleepers set up on the beach in an artistic way. This is a huge beach that you can relax at, swim play and take plenty of photos of the clear blue water.
ELEPHANT ROCKS, DENMARK
Another unique beautiful Australian beach is Elephant Rocks, Denmark. The huge boulders on the beach and throughout the water look similar to a heard of elephants which is how this beach got its name. This is a perfect beach to take some drone photography, the view from above is simply incredible.
Have I missed any of your favourites? Which beaches do I need to add to this list??
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