We all know that Australians love their outdoorsy lifestyle, not least of all going to the beaches! Do you know that Christmas Down Under is what most Aussies are excited about? Since Christmastime is also summertime there, most of them usually spend the holidays by the beach, grilling on the “barbie” along with other Christmas dinners, and bonding with family and friends.
Australian beaches aren’t just about Bondi, although it’s obviously the most famous beach there and no Aussie beach list is complete without it. However, there are other beaches that are just as worthy of your attention and investigation.
Ranked as one of the finest beaches not only in Australia but in the rest of the world, Whitehaven Beach really lives up to its name. It is a remote paradise, yet easily accessible. Turquoise waters and clean, pure white sand provides picture-perfect unspoiled scenery. No wonder American celebrity Oprah Winfrey raved about it.
Wineglass Bay in the island of Tasmania is guaranteed to take your breath away. It is part of the Freycinet National Park and quite secluded which makes this beach more exquisite. The hike amid the forests may be difficult but when you get to have the best view of this spectacular crescent-shaped beach, it will be totally worth the trek.
The 75 Mile Beach is located in Queensland’s Fraser Island, known to be the largest sand island in the world. Revel at the sandy expanse all you want, go swimming, fishing, drive around it in a 4×4 caravan, and a lot more! You will see the dingoes — Aussie wild dogs — running, and even find a shipwreck below the waters!
Bells Beach’s quite intense waves make it a heaven for seasoned surfers. So it’s not a question that Bells Beach is one of Australia’s best-surfing destinations and also the home of Rip Curl. However, Bells Beach’s intense waves make it unfit, even dangerous, to swim. Head to the nearby Torquay beach where the waters are gentler for swimming.
It’s not about the actual quality of this city beach — there are in fact other beaches in Australia which are way better than that. What Bondi’s all about is the fact that it is already a legend of the Australian beach culture. Bondi may not be your favorite beach — besides, it’s too crowded there sometimes. But you should go there at least once to have a peek of such culture.
Sydneysiders who are exasperated of the hustle and bustle of the city can hit the sun, sea, and sand just right in front of them. Not to be missed is learning how to surf the Aussie way at Bondi beach — surfing is obviously the part and parcel of this beach’s culture.
For those who have never heard of this beach before, the name will instantly get them curious. It is named because the sand is known to make “squeaky” noises when you step on it. And no, it’s not a joke! Squeaky Beach offers unbeatable, unadulterated natural beauty, with huge granite boulders that line the beach.
Located in the Gold Coast region in Queensland, Burleigh Beach Heads is really popular with tourists, although the thousands of tourists who flock there and the mushrooming commercial establishments have somewhat taken over some of its natural charms. However, don’t be so put off: Burleigh is still a stunning-looking beach and provides a perfect haven for surfers.
Byron Bay used to have a reputation as a “hippie” town. Although it has been transformed into an upper-crust market, the atmosphere has still retained some of its old laid-back atmospheres. Enjoy strolling along the less crowded shoreline that is easily accessible on a short trip from the neighboring Gold Coast and other places on the Northern New South Wales coast.
Cable Beach, in the seaside town of Broome in Western Australia, has been consistently ranking as one of the best beaches in the country. It is known for its endless stretch of white sand, and warm, blue waters, and the overall picturesque scenery that awaits every beach lovers. Camel riding is a popular activity there so be sure you don’t miss it when you plan a trip there.
Another tropical paradise is guaranteed to give you a more interesting experience: the Cape Tribulation. Nestled nearby the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation offers lots of things for every outdoorsy vacationer. A word of caution, however, saltwater crocodiles are also present in this place. It is a good idea to check the season when planning a visit.
Guinness Book of World Records has said it: Hyams Beach has the WHITEST sand in the world! Now it’s enough for you to be curious and go see how white Hyams Beach sand is. The more interesting thing is that this beach with the whitest of the white sand is not too far from the city. If people living in Sydney are tiring of Bondi, they may want to go to Hyams Beach, which is just south of the city in the Jervis Bay region.
Off the coast of Western Australia is the Rottnest Island (or “Rotto” to the locals) home of one of the popular beaches called The Basin. It is just about 18 kilometers from Perth. When you go wading, just a few feet away from the beach, the water will be between knee-deep to waist-deep. It’s also safe to walk out the edge of the reef before taking a dive because the reef itself isn’t slippery or sharp. It is perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
Apart from The Basin, there’s also a beautiful beach on Rottnest Island called Pinky Beach. The waters have a delightful temperature, perfect for swimming. Cycling at the beach is another popular activity there. Climb upstairs inside the Bathurst Lighthouse to catch a stunning panoramic glimpse of the white-sand beach and the turquoise to deep-blue sea.
This is a popular and accessible beach among tourists, especially surfers and families. It’s one of the best places to swim, surf, or take a leisurely stroll along the Main Beach. This beach is one of the best reasons to go to the Sunshine Coast.
Coral Bay is a seaside town and a part of the Ningaloo Reef, which makes it a popular fishing and snorkeling site. You can also occasionally see the humpback whales as well depending on the season. The townsfolk there are nice and laid-back too!