It’s official. I have travelled around the whole of Australia, and it’s beaches.
I love beaches. All beaches really. You’ll find me happiest immersed in the sand, floating in the ocean.
Therefore as the self-professed beach connoisseur I am I feel I am in the best position to tell you the top 10 beaches you have to visit when you’re in Australia.
WARNING images of white sand, clear blue water and lots of beautiful beaches following, wanderlust
may will occur!!
So in no particular order..
Cable beach (WA)
At 22km Cable beach is incredible (how many times will I say that in this post?!). With endless white sand stretching into the horizon, clear blue, and may I add actually warm ocean, this is a beach I could definitely live by. With the warmest ocean temp in Australia, it is perfect. If you have a 4WD you can drive on and bag your own private spot on the beach. But just wait until the sun goes down, be ready to see the famous cable beach camels make their way across as well as a beautiful glowing sunset.
Hazards beach (TAS)
Okey so you’ve all heard of Wineglass Bay right? Yer, well this beach is next to it. Wineglass bay is beautiful, don’t get me wrong. We decided to do the big walking loop around Freycinet National Park to the next beach, Hazards beach. What a beach! When we first laid eyes on it we were in shock and excitement! There was bright turquoise ocean as far as we could see, and possibly the most clear water I have ever seen. Although it was chilly we ran straight in and didn’t want to get out.
Lucky bay (WA)
I know I said there was no order…but I have to admit something, Lucky bay may be my all-time favourite beach. There I said it. Being at the start of my big 2 month road trip, I visited many beaches before and after, and Lucky bay is still etched into my memory. I can remember the image of the bay as we drove down the hill. Not being able to believe how amazing it looked, how blue the ocean was, how white the sand was. We camped overlooking the beach and I felt a cheeky smug smile appear on my face every time I glanced at it. I would think ‘I can’t believe I’m here, this is unreal’, not even joking. To top it off, there are wild kangaroos hopping around. I will say no more.
Bondi beach (NSW)
Bondi is the famous one. But for a good reason. Every time I go back to Bondi I know why it’s one of the most famous spots in Australia. It is magical. There’s something about it. The waves crashing on the shore, the white well kept sand, the buzz of people milling around. If you don’t believe me head to Icebergs for a beer, and sit and overlook Bondi beach. You’ll get what I mean.
Whitehaven beach, Whitsundays (QLD)
I could talk about Whitehaven beach all day. It’s another one of those beaches you arrive at and you kinda just stare like ‘it does look like the photos, but better’. You have to sail to this beach, so after all that sailing you’re so psyched to see it and it does not disappoint. If you’re lucky it will be low tide and you will see those beautiful ocean swirls. The sand is pure silica so is the softest I have ever felt. Wandering around this beach felt like an adventure. I was in awe of the spectacular views surrounding me, the little sand crabs, the baby sharks in the ocean, basically everything. You are spoilt with this one.
Sandy Bay (WA)
Nestled in the Cape Range national park Sandy bay is pure paradise. A short drive from Exmouth and a short distance from the famous Turquoise bay and Oyster stacks snorkelling hotspots it is your very own paradise (yes I said it again). Cape Range Is incredible, but also very busy, every beach is outstanding. But the reason Sandy Bay made my top 10 is that it felt like it was our very own beach. It was peaceful and empty, and unequivocally remarkable. With shallow water and a light breeze it is also perfect for kite surfing, which also happens to be one of my favourite things to watch.
Brighton beach (VIC)
Brighton beach, a little piece of England in Australia. This beach is home to some quaint beach huts (or boxes as the Aussies call them). These colourful huts stretch along the coast and are an awesome opportunity for a photo and also some cool art. Brighton Beach has a charming quality to it, maybe it’s the inviting dark blue ocean or maybe it’s the spectacular views of Melbourne in the distance. Whatever it is it’s definitely worth a visit.
Workman’s Beach (QLD)
This hidden beach is only accessed through Workmen’s beach campsite in the stunning Agnes Waters. Once you drive into the campsite (you should definitely try camping here too!) you walk down a tree covered path that winds down a hill to the beach. As no cars can access the area it’s definitely got a more secret feel to it, as you will most likely have the beach to yourself. Set amongst stunning Queensland nature you feel like you are almost on a deserted island.
Coral Bay (WA)
Sitting on the famous Ningaloo Reef Coral bay is quintessential beauty. This beach boasts one of the only fringing reefs in the world. You can literally step into the ocean and snorkel the reef. It is magnificent. I have never been anywhere that offers this so far on my travels. Alongside this is the breath taking colour of the ocean and the picturesque scenery of the tiny town. Without a doubt a little slice of heaven.
Ten Mile Lagoon (WA)
This particular beach made it onto the list for a number of reasons. It was the first place I swam in Western Australia and that will always stick in my memory. I was so excited; I couldn’t wait to get into the ocean. It was cold, yes, but I didn’t even care. It is situated on the Great Ocean Drive just a short way from Esperance, this road trip encompasses a variety of astounding beaches, including the famous Twilight beach. But I picked Ten Mile Lagoon because it isn’t the standard tourist beach. Possessing all the same qualities, ocean in all exquisite shades of blue, white sand, there’s something more. It is vast and remote; two of my top qualities I look for in a beach. You feel like you are on a wild forgotten beach, surrounded by nature and the huge whirling wind turbines. I also found out after it is a clothing optional beach, which makes me love it even more!
Well that is it. My top 10 favourite beaches in Australia. Honestly it was hard. Really difficult. Being a massive beach lover I could have put so many more in, but these all stuck out in my mind for one reason or another.
Here is a little information about each one but also some of my own personal memories of why I loved each spot, which I’m hoping will paint a better picture.
Hopefully one day you can all visit these incredible beaches and make up your own mind! If you have any further questions please comment below!
‘Til next time. ✈🏝🌊