Australia is blessed with an abundance of beautiful beaches that travellers from far and wide flock to. If you’re planning a getaway in a near future, tailor your trip around one of these top 5 Australian beaches.
1. Bells Beach in Victoria
Beloved by surfers all over the world, Bell’s Beach is cited by Lonely Planet as one of Australia’s beach beaches for surfing. Known for its huge swells and powerful surf, it’s not the safest beach for swimming, but more than makes up for it by catering to those with a board. It’s the site of the Rip Curl Pro Surf Competition which takes place annually over Easter, drawing some of the best surfers from all over the world and plenty of spectators.
High cliffs add a touch of drama to this setting, though the exposed reef and point break is best suited to those who know what they’re doing in the water.
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2. Whitehaven Beach in Whitsundays
This amazing beach comes in at number one. The pristine sand stretches over seven kilometres of Whitsunday Island, smack bang in the middle of the Whitsundays, with crystal-clear waters perfect for snorkelling. It’s the most photographed beach in Australia according to Tourism Whitsundays. The best view is atop Tongue Point, where at low tide you can witness a beautiful array of colours come to light.
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3. Wineglass Bay in Tasmania
Wineglass Bay is part of Freycinet National Park, and is several hours from both Hobart and Launceston. The picture-perfect beach consists of stark white sand set against the area’s pink and white granite peaks, with a deep blue sea completing the rainbow of colours. Tourists and holidaymakers flock here to fish, sail, kayak, rock climb and simply relax in the sun.
The sheltered location makes this a superb beach for swimming and splashing about, and the clam-shaped shoreline makes for exceptional aerial photographs. There’s a beautiful beaches in Australia dedicated lookout for the best views of Wineglass Bay, accessed with a one hour return hike up a path.
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