Australia is home to over 10,000 beaches around its shores and the country has some of the best beaches in the world. Many of the beaches are hot spots for wildlife, while some of the best beaches are so big that you won’t even have to fight for space to set down your towel and start relaxing. Here is a guide to some of the best beaches Australia has to offer.
Surfing and Swimming
For those who are looking for the perfect spots to enjoy some surfing, then look no further than Bell’s Beach in Victoria. Widely regarded as the spiritual centre of surfing due to the brilliant swells it experiences, Bell’s Beach is frequented by numerous experienced surfers all year round.
However, the beach does not have good conditions for swimming, head over to Torquay Beach, the home of the surf brand Rip Curl, where you will find some calmer seas that are better for swimming.
There is also the alternative of Byron Bay in New South Wales. Formerly known for its hippy culture, Byron Bay has started to shift away from this reputation, although you will still see the occasional dreadlocked character wandering around, and is now better known for its great beaches for swimming, surfing and wind surfing.
A lot of the beaches in Australia have the luxury of having backdrops that feature forest and bush. This means that while you are sunbathing, you may also get the opportunity to spot some wildlife such as koalas and other forms of beautiful fauna. Rockingham Beach in Western Australia is one such location. An hour’s drive away from Perth, it is home to approximately 150 bottle nose dolphins in its clear waters.
Bremer Bay, also in Western Australia, is one of the best spots to get a glimpse of some Southern Right Whales playing around in the waters just metres away from the shore. Around July to October time is breeding season for this animals, so you might even get to glimpse a mother and baby combination.
Clarkes Beach in Byron Bay on the opposite side of the country is also home to some great wildlife. There are plenty of dolphins you can kayak along with and on occasion, you might even spot some whales that come here to feed. Whale spotting can set you back as much as $89 per person (often over 12), so it’s a good idea, especially if you’re taking the whole family, to try and save money where you can on things like flights for the important parts of the holiday.
Beauty and Remoteness
With Australia being such a large country with so many beaches, it is fairly easy for you to find a superb beach that is isolated. Whitehaven Beach in Queensland is one of the better selections as it is easily accessible but also renowned for its brilliantly clean white sands. To get there you will need to head over to Airlie Beach on the mainland and take a boat trip over.
Hyams Beach in New South Wales is also renowned, as it holds the Guinness Book of Records for having the whitest sand in the world. You will find the beach just a short distance away from Sydney and while it is by no means a remote stretch of sand, it is still worth the trip for being such a beautiful location.