My Top 10 Australian Beaches

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

Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach via Damien Dempsey

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

Lake Mckenzie, Fraser Island

Lake Mckenzie Beach via Sensenmann

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

Coogee Beach

Coogee Beach via Mynameisben123

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

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach via stealthtractor

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

Byron Bay

Byron Bay via Bigbewo

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

Manly Beach

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

Agnes Water

Beach at Agnes Water via Stuart Edwards

Another gorgeous beach in Queensland.  The best part about it?  The lack of people.

8) Bells Beach

Bells Beach

Bells Beach via godlovzu

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


Bronte Beach via stealthtractor

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

Magnetic Island

Horseshoe Bay via

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.

One thought on “My Top 10 Australian Beaches

  1. All these pictures are really fabulous and sensational. Thank you for sharing these pictures and providing lot of useful information. It is good place to relax and revive you.

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