Recently, at its 2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards, TripAdvisor released its annual list of the top 10 Australian beaches.
Everyone has their favourite beaches they like to visit, sunbathe and swim at. You might not fully agree with the list below, but maybe it will inspire you for the next trip you go?
1. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, QLD
Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island is one of the world’s most unspoiled and beautiful beaches.
The beach is easily accessible by boat from the mainland tourist ports of Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour and Hamilton Island, stretches for seven (7) kilometres and is washed by swirls of turquoise, blue and green water.
The sand is 98 per cent pure white silica, which gives it a brilliant, near luminescent colour.
2. Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, WA
The Exmouth coastline offers visitors an endless array of stunning, unspoilt, deserted beaches which are perfect for snorkelling, sunbathing, water sports, fishing, or simply relaxing and soaking in the superb scenery.
Located within the Cape Range National Park, 63kms from Exmouth, Turquoise Bay deserves special mention amongst the many stunning beaches of this coastline. The unique combination of white, sandy beaches with fantastic coral snorkelling only metres from the shoreline in calm, crystal clear water makes Turquoise Bay a must see.
3. Cable Beach, Broome, WA
Broome’s Cable Beach is known around the world for its 22 kilometres of sun-kissed white sand, turquoise water, rich red soil and spectacular Indian Ocean sunsets.
Cable Beach being a long, flat beach, with gentle rolling waves is perfect for swimming, sunbathing and beachcombing. 4WD vehicles are often seen driving north along the beach, and another favourite tourist activity that makes this beach unique is to ride a camel, particularly at sunset.
4. Burleigh Heads Beach, Burleigh Heads, QLD
Burleigh Heads is a north-east facing beach is protected by the point to the south and offers one of the best swimming, body boarding and surfing beaches on the Gold Coast. The point is one of Australia’s top point surf breaks, with long, fast right-handers peeling over the sand and boulders that line the head.
The beach itself is serviced by two surf lifesaving clubs and lifeguard towers to provide added protection for swimmers, and provides a good alternative to the more tourist-populated beaches of the Gold Coast. Burleigh’s beaches can also draw significant numbers which is a hotspot for weekend barbecues and picnics due to its large, scenic park which overlooks the ocean, and especially when the surf is up and spectators as well as participants may appear.
5. Manly Beach, Sydney, NSW
The 1.5 kilometre-long golden Manly Beach has a sheltered ocean pool at one end, connected by a boardwalk with lost of cafes, resturants and pubs nearby giving the beach a relaxed vibe.
Queenscliff, at the northern end of the beach is a great spot to learn to surf as well as for experienced surfers. Many of Australia’s champion surfers learned at Manly Beach.
At its southern end, a pathway curls from the Manly Surf Lifesaving Club to Shelley Beach that is a popular track for joggers, cyclists and locals.
6. Noosa Main Beach, Noosa, QLD
One of the few beaches along Australia’s coastline that faces north. This beach is the best option for famillies or those who are not confident in the surf, as it has gentle waves and is patrolled by surf lifesavers.
Famed as one of the best places to surf a longboard in Australia, the long rolling waves makes this one of the best place to take a surf lesson if you’re a beginner, as you don’t have to contend with big surf, but a crowded lineup can be.
Moderate waves and safe for swimming all year round, Main Beach is patrolled 365 days a year and is only steps away from famous Hastings Street shopping, accommodation, restaurants and bars
7. Cottesloe Beach, Cottesloe, WA
Cottesloe Beach with its famed beach pylon, is located in Perth’s western suburbs, is a one and a half kilometre stretch of golden sand which extends north from Mudurup Rocks to the southern rocks of Swanbourne Beach.
Cottesloe is renowned for its relaxed lifestyle and has been a popular seaside holiday destination for Perth locals for more than 100 years.
Crystal clear waters and consistent waves make it one of the city’s favourite beaches for swimming, snorkelling, surfing and watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean.
8. Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, QLD
This is the premier beach of Port Douglas. From the main Port Douglas district, you can walk to the beach in under 5 minutes and then continue to walk along the sandy beach for hours under the tropical sun.
4-Mile Beach begins at the northern rocky headland which is great for kids to explore and play with the small crabs that make the beach their home. Then 4 miles of swaying palm lined beach unfold in a gentle curve that continues as far as the eye can see.
Note: This beach has a stinger net during the stinger season. When the stinger net is in place, only swim inside its protective barriers as swimming outside the nets exposes you to unnecessary dangers.
9. Surfer’s Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The three-kilometer strip of golden sand between Surfers Paradise and the Pacific Ocean is Australia’s iconic beach, a postcard-perfect locale that conjures up ‘paradise’ to millions.
Being situated a mere 100m walk from a huge range of restaurants, shopping outlets and fast food chains means that what Surfers Paradise beach lacks in big waves it more than makes up for in convenience, and its location near so many resorts and holiday apartment buildings makes it a hugely popular location.
The beach is also regularly and heavily patrolled by Surf Life Saving volunteers, and its foreshore has undergone a major recent redevelopment that has helped spruce up its presentation even more. Much like the city of Surfers Paradise itself, the beach is aimed mainly towards the international, tourist, and “young adult” crowds.
10. Coolangatta Beach, Coolangatta, QLD
On the northern section of the beach at border town Coolangatta lies Coolangatta beach, continuing to its southern section where it becomes Greenmount. The beach is often protected, with cafes and shops nearby.
Coolangatta beach is really made up of two main beaches, Greenmount Beach and Rainbow Bay. These are the Gold Coast’s only north-facing beaches which helps to provide excellent, sheltered conditions that are ideal for swimming.
Greenmount Point is a piece of coastal headland which serves to separate the main Coolangatta stretch of beach to the north with Rainbow Bay to the south, and makes for a great, picturesque vantage point to take in the coastal scenery.
While Coolangatta’s beaches are great for swimming, those looking to ride waves head for the nearby famed surfing breaks of Snapper Rocks, Duranbah and Kirra.