Australian beaches are to be found everywhere, and I mean everywhere. Australia's has over 30,000 km
of coastline. In Western Australia, you have Cable Beach, Coronation Beach, Ningaloo Reef, and Cottlesloe. In Queensland, check out Whitehaven, Fraser Island, and Coolangatta on the Gold Coast.
New South Wales' crown is Bondi. Everyone attempts a pickup on Bondi. Be it surfing or scuba diving, Australia's beaches offer plenty for all.
"If your country had 37,000 kilometers of
coastline, you'd also be suffering from skin cancer and look 45 when you just
hit 30. Welcome to Australia, mates."
Doug Knell, Doug's Republic
Australia, as both the world's smallest continent and one of the
world's largest country, is surrounded by water on all
sides. Translation: Australia has over 11,000
beaches, and 85% of the population, which lives in the
eastern area of the country between Brisbane south and west
to Melbourne, is no further away from a beach than an hour's
drive. Studies have been done, and Australians undergo
physiological withdrawal symptoms when they're more than two
hours away from a beach!
You'll probably be closer to a beach than a good restaurant
- Bondi Beach in Sydney
Australia's Best Beaches
This is the kind
of list that the author, despite the best research, is sure to get
flamed by readers. What constitutes the best beach?
Is it the best place to pickup a romantic partner, the best sand, the
best surf, the best access to high quality brews and restaurants, the
best access to public transport?
Most visitors to Australia will only visit Australia's east coast, the
area from Brisbane to Sydney, but Doug's Republic will go further and
describe beaches all over Australia. This is, by no means, a
comprehensive list. Most of Australia's beaches are
deserted. Wiki Travel publishes a list of the most popular beaches
here and Doug has been to
seven on that list.
Bugbog documents a list of Australia's more popular beaches with
pictures. Free Beach Australia
reveals places to bathe in Australia nude, and Doug reluctantly admits
that his first (and only) nudist experience was done in Australia.
The full story is not suitable for those under 18.
On Doug's Republic, we're going to break down a list of a dozen of the
beaches Doug personally visited and single out what makes that beach
special. This is not a comprehensive list nor a supreme best
list. If, for example, you're a world-class surfer, get your
ass to Bell's Beach in Victoria. We won't discuss it because it's more than amply discussed by other web sites we've
SURFING As a general rule, if you draw a
horizontal line across the country, from around Exmouth on the west coast
across to Rockhampton in the east, any areas north of this line
will not be great for surfing. There are reefs in these northern
Australian areas off both coasts that obscure the surf. Hence,
most of the famous surfing spots in Australia are located in southern
Queensland and southern Western Australia and New South Wales, with
other beaches bordering the Southern Ocean off Western Australia, South
Australia, and Victoria. For more information, consult here.
population of under 35,000 and 265 miles from Perth, Geraldton and its Coronation Beach do not get a lot of traffic. As such,
it's a perfect place for the beginning surfer to practice his skills, as he doesn't have to fight with the more skilled for waves or with crowds to get to the beach.
and beautiful views and a chance to see albino
22 km of white
sands and turquoise waters adjoining the Indian
oceans. At sunset, you can take a ride on a
camel. This is one of the very few
beaches I've ever been to where riding a car onto
the beach was permitted, and driving not too far
would get you your own private place in the sand.
Going nude is permitted. Not the best surfing beach
and jellyfish are a concern, but romantics will
enjoy it for the setting. Depending upon who you
ask, Cable Beach ranks in the top twenty of all beaches in the world.
An excellent beach for learning how to surf and to go surfing. Cottlesloe is a suburb of Perth, the capital of Western Australia,
and easily and cheaply accessible to Perth by train, sparing the surfer any traffic jams. No other Australian capital has such cheap and accessible transportation to quality beaches.
Broome and Port Hedland, Western Australia
People rave about the famous Cable Beach in Broome just a few hours drive away, but this beach hardly gets a mention. Because 80 Mile Beach is not within a few
miles of a tourist town, it gets very little traffic. A small caravan park is nearby where inexpensive accommodation and camping is available.
80 Mile is a perfect respite for fishing, beach lounging, and jogging. Probably not ideal for watersports. Since Australia is no longer on the British imperial unit system, this beach really should be called 128 Kilometer Beach
About 75 miles
long and a World Heritage site, Fraser offers some
picturesque beaches and freshwater lakes for
swimming. A 4-wheel driver is necessary to get
around the island.
Boasting some of
the best surf breaks on Australia's Gold Coast with
a pleasant town offering all amenities. When I
was there, my pinky finger was higher than any of
the waves. I noticed someone kiteboarding in the far distance, and I vowed to myself that if I ever had the time, I'd learn that sport. Sure enough, I kept
that promise to myself four months later in Thailand.
Bay, South Australia
beach, probably because the waters in the Southern
Ocean are freezing, but home to the leafy sea
dragons, found only in western and southern
Australia. Worth snorkeling or scuba diving.
Be forewarned that renting scuba gear a la carte in
Adelaide was the same as paying interest to a loan
New South Wales
It might well be
the most famous and recognized beach in Australia.
It's crowded, sometimes insanely so, the place to
see and be seen and attempt a superficial pickup. Bondi has nice sand and surf, but you have to compete to get it and to find an inexpensive parking space. Bondi is near restaurants and bars
and a beautiful coastal walk that takes you past several other nice beach communities in Sydney.
Known for the
whitest beaches in Australia, where one can scuba
dive and surf without much competition. The 38
km Great Ocean Drive will take you past many
wonderful beach areas where it's possible to have a
beach entirely to yourself.
the top ten of world beach lists. Tours
of the Whitsundays usually make a stop on Whitsunday
Island for an hour or two to experience the fine
white sand of Whitehaven. You'll be lucky to
do a little snorkeling. Forget the idea of
Ningaloo Reef is
meant to be Australia's other great reef.
Scuba diving and snorkeling are the primary
activities. For a day out of the water, the
open sand and lack of cars makes it a great place
for an ATV trip.
Australian beaches are world famous, mates. Australia has lots and lots of coastline.
In Western Australia, you've got Cable Beach, Coronation Beach, Ningaloo Reef, and Cottlesloe. Go scuba diving or surfing -- it's your call. In Queensland, don't leave out Whitehaven, Fraser Island, and Coolangatta on the Gold Coast's
southern most point. New South Wales offers Bondi Beach. Bondi has the Icebergs Club. Be it surfing or scuba diving or snorkleing, Australia's beaches offer a jillion things to do.