Christmas is such a wonderful time of year. It’s holiday season for most of us and that’s a great excuse to visit some of the more amazing beaches that Australia has to offer.
Bondi Beach, Sydney
No Australian beach list would be complete without Bondi. Close to the beating heart of Sydney city, this beach is home to the world’s first Surf Life Saving Club, which was founded over 100 years ago!
Whilst the beach is usually fairly crowded, its long sandy shoreline is sure to have space for you and your family to relax. It’s also quite a safe beach, constantly patrolled and under surveillance by the surf lifesavers most days.
Byron Bay, NSW
Byron Bay has truly blossomed in recent years. The beach is stunning, with gorgeous yellow sands and clear turquoise waters. There’s a myriad of different cafes and restaurants popping up all over town and that’s great for the whole family. Plus, if you’re a surfer, the beach, promoted as the ‘easternmost point of mainland Australia’, is a naturally great surfers destination. Whether you like riding the boards or not, the crashing waves prove to be great fun, even if it’s just for a dip!
Mandalay Beach, WA
Compared to the top two beaches on our list, Western Australia’s sand covered plains are relatively under-visited. That doesn’t mean these beaches are any less beautiful or enjoyable!
Mandalay Beach is a perfectly gorgeous spot, nestled amongst the greenery of the Walpole-Nornalup National Park. If you were looking for one of the most unique beach experiences in Australia, then this would have to be it!
Wineglass Bay, TAS
This bay is the epitome of the word photogenic. It’s a fair hike from the car park to get to this beautiful beach, but it is definitely worth the effort! The turquoise pristine waters are unlike any others you would have visited.
The beach is surrounded by stunning pink granite peaks, which create a beautiful contrast to the turquoise water and white sand. The whole beach can also be viewed from a lookout, which is roughly a one-hour loop walk from the beach.
75-Mile Beach, Fraser Island, QLD
Fraser Island is best known for being the world’s largest sand island. It is only fitting that its 75-Mile Beach makes the list! If you had trouble finding a spot to park your towel on Bondi, then you will have no problem finding one on this absolutely enormous pristine beach.
While the water is fairly infested with Tiger Sharks, it doesn’t stop people from having a quick dip in the water’s shallows. Visiting this beach, with its fabulous coloured sand cliffs and extraordinary backdrop of ocean and wilderness is an unforgettable experience. Exploring the inland areas of Fraser Island is well worth doing too.
Noosa Main Beach is a standout along the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. It has picturesque, clear waters; flat waveless shallows and is well patrolled. In other words, this is the perfect swimming beach! Better yet, pods of dolphins frequent the waters just off the shoreline, during their annual migration season.
Fisherman also love this beach, as you don’t need to venture offshore. Fish including flathead, bream, dart and whiting are often spotted along the shorelines. The beach also boasts free all day parking, meaning you don’t need to be hurrying back to the metre every couple of hours!
Burleigh Heads Beach, QLD
This beach provides a stunning outlook onto the nearby city of the Gold Coast. It’s less ‘touristy’ than other beaches in the surrounding area and boasts the ‘clearest’ waters.
There are also multiple patrolled swimming areas along the beach, so you’ll be sure to stay safe during your stay there. Don’t forget to check out the large parkland area that’s ideal for a lunchtime picnic break.
Cable Beach, WA
Settled in the heart of Broom, WA, Cable Beach is one of Australia’s most postcard-worthy destinations. It is still relatively untouched but quickly gaining popularity due to one important aspect – it has absolutely gorgeous sunsets.
Sitting on the Indian Ocean, the sunsets appear bright red-orange as the sun dips into the water – setting off reflections that can be amazing. They are the subject of many photographs and artworks.
Whitehaven Beach, QLD
This is easily one of the most iconic beaches in Australia, and if you haven’t visited yet, you definitely need to cross it off your list! The sand is (unsurprisingly given its name) immaculately white in colour. The gently lapping acqua water and surrounding reefs make swimming an absolutely divine experience here!
Whitehaven Beach, which has no development whatsoever allowed, has become the most photographed beach in Australia and is the target destination of many cruise operations.