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The Best of Australia’s Beaches

From the sights and sounds, to the waters and sand, every famous beach has its own draw-cards for tourist. Here is a guide to some of the best beach destinations in Australia.

Bondi, New South Wales

Bondi’s popularity  owes partly to its atmosphere, location and exciting history. Over a typical summer weekend, this great stretch of beach Beach attracts over 40, 000 visitors.

Bondi is Sydney’s ‘where it’s at’ for surfers, swimmers, sunbathers. This beach was the home of the first Surf Lifesaving Club and played a key role in the developing the safety techniques we have today.

It was also the site numerous bathing-suit protests that helped pave the way for bikinis to become socially accepted beach attire.

The beach is 8km from the city centre and is surrounded by restaurants, cafes and clubs making it the perfect destination for any time of day.

Pirates Bay, Tasmania

Where the vivid blue water and clean sands meet the, jagged cliff faces of Tasmania’s Coast line lays a unique experience for all everyone.

Pirates Bay is located along Eaglehawk Neck, which is renowned both for its natural wonders and manmade attractions. Visitors will have the opportunity to see caves, chasms and blowholes as well as Australia’s highest marine cliffs.

The shipwrecks below the waters make Pirates Bay a great destination for divers. Pirates Bay is also a well-liked spot for fishing, particularly for anyone with access to a boat.

It is also a perfect place to take photos and soak up some of the dramatic scenery Tasmania has to offer.

Byron, New South Wales

Whether you are in it for the surfing, the sun, the food or the quirky culture, you will fall in love with Byron Bay.

As the most easterly point of mainland Australia, the waters of Byron are a hot-spot for surfing and swimming.

Despite the increasing commercial development over the years, the laid-back alternative lifestyle continues to thrive among Byron’s beaches and nearby town. With its high population of artists and musicians, Byron Bay is full of head-turning sand art, tie-dye clothes, dread-locks hairstyles and a range of organic cafes.

The famous lighthouse is also a great lookout point for visitors and a perfect way to discover some of the history of the area.

With clean sands, shady trees and cool waters, Byron Bay is an ideal place to visit in the summer.

Cable Beach, Western Australia

Those gorgeous images of that famous sunset you see sprawled across Western Australia travel guides is nothing compared to a real-life encounter with Cable Beach.

Long stretches of ivory sand and red cliffs lend to sites that are totally exclusive to this tropical location. These gentle waters are perfect for a calm swim after a long walk along the beautiful shores.

Camel-riding along the beach is another highly popular activity. Camel can be found for travellers who are on the lookout for that once-in-a-lifetime experience.

If you are travelling as a couple, the famous sun-sets are also the perfect backdrop for a romantic picnic dinner.

Between March and October, you can bear witness to the famous ‘Staircase to the Moon.’ This phenomenon is caused by the full moon rising over the mudflats at low tide, creating the illusion of a staircase along the ocean.

Because of its climate and natural surroundings, Cable Beach is unlike anywhere else in the world.

Whitehaven Beach, Queensland

This long white stretch of absolute paradise has been named ‘Australia’s most Beautiful Beach.’ Whitehaven Beach  is where the ocean glitters in the sun and gently laps up along the shore of soft, pristine sand.

With everything you will look for in the ideal beach, Whitehaven is the one true place to escape the noise and bustle of the real world.

Located on Whitsunday Island, this treasure appears completely untouched by human hands. If you are exploring Brisbane, this place is around one and half hour by air from Brisbane.

It is a national heritage site, with only very basic camping facilities on the Island.

The sand, which is 98% pure silica, does not retain heat, allowing visitors to stroll along comfortably on a hot day.

With breathtaking views, cool water and smooth shores and the sounds of only nature, Whitehaven beach will engage all of your senses.