It is no secret that Australia has some of the best beaches in the world given that Australia is essentially one gobsmacking, beautiful coastline.We recently surveyed over 10, 000 Aussies to establish once and for all what are the country’s best beaches. Here are the top 10 beaches in the country as voted by you – Australia.
Bondi Beach, NSW
Australia’s beach culture begins at Bondi Beach so it makes sense to start the list here. Sydney’s famous stretch of sand has a fascinating history as the location of the world’s first Surf Life Saving Club and subsequent bathing suit protests in the 1900’s paved the way for the bikini to be embraced by popular culture.
These days, Bondi welcomes locals and tourists to its shores all year round. The beach’s popularity is owed to the fact it is easily accessible from the city, surrounded by a trendy café precinct and it is just so damn gorgeous. It’s not hard to imagine spending a whole day here frolicking in the turquoise waters and basking in the sunshine. The atmosphere is electric with people from all walks of life mingling together and the people watching is almost as good as a swim or surf in the cool waters.
Lizard Island, QLD
Lizard Island in the Great Barrier Reef is the picture perfect example of a breathtaking island getaway. You will need to have deep pockets to visit but with over 23 stunning white beaches to choose from on this remote island it is definitely worth your while to splash out and enjoy a truly indulgent tropical break.
Laze around in your own private villa at the island resort and enjoy exclusive access to some of the most secluded beaches in the country with amazing diving and snorkelling spots close to shore. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get off the grid for a few days in a tropical location.
Byron Bay, NSW
Byron Bay has come a long way from its days as a small hippy town with modern resorts, cafes and boutiques popping up in the last 20 years. However, one thing remains the same and that is the quality and quantity of beaches that are adored by all those who visit.
Byron Bay sits on the most easterly point of mainland Australia in Northern New South Wales with an iconic lighthouse situated at Cape Byron. The location of the town and its beaches are conducive to some pumping ocean breaks drawing surfers from all over the globe. The lovely, long stretch of coastline is a short trip from the Gold Coast and the powder-like sand beaches are a treat for those looking for a less crowded alternative over the border.
Mandalay Beach, WA
Travellers often overlook Western Australia in favour of the East Coast but if you make the hike then you will be rewarded with spectacular beaches. Mandalay Beach, south of Perth near the town of Walpole is a perfect example of this. The isolated location of the beach only adds to its untouched beauty with rocky headlands and untamed wilderness making Mandalay Beach an impressive stretch of sand completely different to any other beach on the list.
One of the highlights of Mandalay Beach is the nearby island of Chatham Island which sits just a few miles off the coast. The island’s greenery contrasting with the white crests of waves form a picturesque scene. If you’re looking to make the hike to the secluded Mandalay Beach there are two entry points suitable for regular vehicles 30 minutes drive from Walpole. The journey is worth it to experience one the most unique beaches in Australia.