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Top 10 Aussie Beaches


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Let’s face it we don’t get a lot of what you would call ‘hot’ weather here in the UK, in Oz they have no such problem. And where else would you want to be in sweltering heat than on the beach? 

Australia BeachesAustralia has some of the best in the world – hundreds of fabulous, sandy beaches, crystal clear waters with the sort of waves most surfers can only dream about and glorious year round sunshine. PERFECT! 

Here are our top 10 favourite beach hang-outs down under....... 

Bondi Beach

The king of beaches in Australia, and the most famous, has to be Sydney’s Bondi Beach. It is one of the best known stretches of sandy paradise in the world. It is a sunbathers and surfers mecca and being in close proximity to several pubs and bars and hosts regular entertainment nights for backpackers. 


Cairns in Queensland is another favourite destination for beach lovers, not least because it is the ideal base for exploring the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. Cairns beaches, known locally as the Northern Beaches, are long and golden, including Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing and just plain splashing around in the waves, it’s all on your doorstep in Cairns.  

Four Mile Beach - Port Douglas

Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas is known for being a little slice of heaven. Beginning at the northern rocky headland it continues for four more miles without any buildings interrupting the pristine views. 

Hervey Bay

If you want to see whales then this is the place for you! Hervey Bay is also pretty ideal for swimming, sailing, fishing, diving, sea kayaking and skiing. It is also home to Fraser Island, a fascinating mix of sand and rainforest, which attracts countless visitors from four-wheel drive enthusiasts to fishermen and nature lovers as well as those seeking to experience a truly unspoilt slice of wilderness.  


If diving is your thing you should head to Yamba on the north coast of New South Wales which is surrounded by white sandy surf beaches with crystal clear waters, rivers, bush land and national parks. The world famous surfing beach, Angourie, is 10 minutes away and Byron Bay is just up the road. Some of the best dive sites in Australia can be found here. It also has fantastic weather all year round. 

Monkey Mia

Despite the name this place is the best place to go and see dolphins it being one of the world’s premier natural dolphin sighting areas and a World Heritage site of natural beauty.  Famous for its kilometres of secluded crystal blue waters and pristine white shell beaches, Monkey Mia has attracted schools of dolphins to its tranquil shores for more than forty years. It is the only place in Australia where dolphins visit daily, not seasonally, and it costs nothing. With flawless blue skies and sunshine 320 days of the year, Monkey Mia is the ideal untouched location for a leisurely getaway, a romantic escape or an outback adventure. 

Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay is located on the Great Ocean Road, a stunning coastal route in the state of Victoria. There are beaches for both swimming and surfing, as well as a large boat harbour and marina. This is a spectacular area for walkers who come to experience The Great Ocean Walk, which stretches for over 100 kms from Apollo Bay to within sight of the magnificent 12 Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks jutting from the water. Walkers can weave through beautiful National Parks, visit deserted beaches and gaze over pristine marine sanctuaries. 

Port Elliot

For peace and quiet head to Port Elliot. This is a model seaside village with cafes and quirky antique and gift shops strewn along The Strand. Horseshoe Bay has a large beach with safe swimming conditions.  Boomer Beach is a perfect place for surfers. 

TNS Backpacker Guide - Australia

The Gold Coast

For visitors who crave variety the Gold Coast is ideal. This is a holiday destination of wonderful contrasts - from the sophistication of Main Beach to action packed theme parks, wildlife sanctuaries and rainforest wonderland. A sweeping 70km coastline offers more than 40 beaches, which are considered some of the best in the world. 


Perth beaches are magnificent and with over 12,000 kilometres of unspoilt coastline in Western Australia, there are plenty to choose from. Cottesloe Beach is perfect for those interested in Australian history who will appreciate its architecture, which dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The Basin at Rottnest Island is ideal for swimmers and snorkelers. The sheltered, turquoise lagoon is full of colourful schools of fish. Scarborough Beach is also a firm favourite for those looking for a more a lively time.

Find out more about travelling in Down Under in the TNS Backpacker Guide - Australia HERE

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