When I composed my list of top 10 beaches for serious beach bums a few weeks ago, I realized that I was having a hard time narrowing down the best beaches in Australia alone. I decided to include only two beaches on that list because it would only be right to dedicate a separate blog post entirely to the best beaches Down Under. So without further ado, behold the 10 best beaches that I visited during my six months in Australia:
1) Whitehaven Beach
Look familiar? Not only is Whitehaven Beach my favorite beach in Australia, it is also my favorite beach of all time. Sailing around the Whitsunday Islands was one of the best things I did during my time in Australia, so don’t miss out!
2) Lake Mckenzie
This is the other beach that made my all-time top 10 list. Lake Mckenzie is on Fraser Island, an all-sand island just off the coast of Hervey Bay. The whiteness of the sand combined with the incredible colors of the lake is absolutely unreal. If you want to rough it, rent a 4WD on the mainland and then camp out on the island for a few days.
3) Coogee Beach
Alright, I’m definitely biased on this one. My house was just blocks away from Coogeee Beach, so how could it not make it to the top of my list? Prejudices aside, Coogee Beach is great because the sand is soft, shark nets allow swimmers to enter the bright blue water without fear, there are great little restaurants along the shore (I highly recommend A Fish Called Coogee, and when you’re done sunbathing and ready for a cold beer, the CBH Beer Garden is just across the street.
4) Bondi Beach
Arguably one of the most famous beaches in Australia, Bondi Beach has it all. Although it can get quite crowded on summer weekends, it’s a wonderful place to surf or sunbathe on weekdays.
5) Byron Bay
Just a short plane flight from Sydney, Byron Bay is the perfect destination for a short getaway. The long beaches are great for surfers and kayakers, just watch out for the jellyfish (a.k.a. blue-bottles). Make sure to hike up to the Byron lighthouse, too.
6) Manly Beach
One of Sydney’s best beaches, Manly is a must-see for tourists, and very popular with locals as well. If you take a ferry from the Circular Quay in Sydney, you’ll also have opportunities to take photos in front of the famous Opera House and bridge.
7) Seventeen Seventy/Agnes Water
Another gorgeous beach in Queensland. The best part about it? The lack of people.
8) Bells Beach
Home to one of the world’s biggest surf competitions, Bells Beach is located about an hour west of Melbourne. I highly recommend stopping for a visit during a drive along the Great Ocean Road.
9) Bronte Beach
Everyone visiting Sydney needs to do the Bondi to Coogee Walk (or the Coogee to Bondi Walk, depending on where you want to start). During the two hour walk you’ll pass by several nice beaches far less crowded than Bondi and Coogee, and my personal favorite is Bronte.
10) Horseshoe Bay
Located on tranquil Magnetic Island (just off the coast of Townsville), Horseshoe Bay has a lovely beach that’s perfect for spending a relaxing afternoon.
Quick Beach Tip: No matter how beautiful and serene a beach may look from afar, please always remember to check for any posted warnings for rip tides, jellyfish, and other dangers before entering the water.