10 of Australia’s best beaches

The pick of Australia’s 10,000-plus beaches for beauty, remoteness, wildlife and great surfing breaks.

Australia is lucky enough to boast some of the whitest sand, best surfing conditions and most fascinating wildlife on the planet. This summer head out and visit some of these beauty spots, as listed by Lonely Planet.


Surfing and swimming

  1. Bells Beach in Victoria is renowned for its epic surfing swells but if you want to swim head to nearby Torquay, the longstanding capital of Australia’s surf scene.
  1. Byron Bay in New South Wales is famous for its laid-back atmosphere. Main Beach, Tallow Beach and Wategos are all great for swimming, surfing and windsurfing.
  1. Noosa Beach in Queensland attracts longboarders to the Point, while swimmers can enjoy the main beach and strollers can hole up in one of the trendy cafes near the beachfront.



  1. The crystalline waters of Rockingham Beach, an hour from Perth in Western Australia, are home to about 150 bottlenose dolphins. Organised swimming tours depart from the jetty regularly.
  1. Bremer Bay, 180 kilometres east of Albany in WA, is a favoured southern right whale nursery where you view mothers and calves from the shore.
  1. Clarkes Beach near Byron Bay is the departure point for sea kayaking trips to paddle with dolphins or even see a visiting whale.


Remote beauty

  1. Hyams Beach, south of Sydney in the Jervis Bay area, holds the Guinness Book of Records honours for the whitest sand in the world.
  1. After you have trekked in through stunning bushland, run along the sand at Squeaky Beach at Wilson’s Promontory in Victoria to hear how it earned its name.
  1. Surrounded by lush rainforest, Cape Tribulation in Queensland is a tropical paradise. At certain times of the year it is also popular with saltwater crocodiles, so check ahead.
  1. Located near the main village of Whitemark on Flinders Island in Tasmania, Sawyers Beach is a remote gem with dramatic giant boulders, white sand and clear waters.


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