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Australia's best beaches

15:00 AEST Thu Dec 22 2011
How do you pick the best beaches in our country when there are all so many? Getaway tried to narrow it down to a few favourites, but please forgive us if we've left out the one you're sure is the best.

Bondi Beach, New South Wales

The most famous beach in Australia, Bondi is where Aussie beach culture began. The 1km stretch is easy to reach from the city centre and is a favourite with Sydneysiders and international visitors alike. It has many excellent cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs and accommodation is plentiful. The cliff walk from Bronte to Tamarama via Bondi is a great thing to do.

Bells Beach, Victoria

Just a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, Bells Beach is one of Australia's legendary surf breaks. It's on the Surf Coast between Torquay and Anglesea and is where the popular Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival is held every Easter The oldest professional surfing contest in the world, it's where true surfers rip waves apart to the delight of thousands of spectators perched on cliffs and lining the beach.

Wine Glass Bay, Tasmania

This special place on Tasmania's mid-east coast enjoys some of the most magnificent scenery on earth. Wine Glass Bay is in the magnificent Bay of Fires, which extends from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point. Lonely Planet named the area the world's hottest travel destination in 2009. Pink granite mountains rise straight from the sea forming a sheltered waterway. Freycinet National Park and Coles Bay add to the attractions and it's where people go to surf, fish, kayak, bushwalk and climb the rocky cliff faces.

Hyams Beach, New South Wales

This one is so special it made it into the Guinness World Records. On the south coast of New South Wales, Hyams has the whitest and finest sand in the world. So clean, the sand squeaks under your toes. The secluded settlement is around two-and-a-half hours south of Sydney on the shores of Jervis Bay. Surrounded by national and marine parks it enjoys clear waters ideal for fishing, swimming, snorkelling and diving. You will share the area with many birds and native animals and there are walking tracks for all ages and levels of fitness.

Whitehaven, Queensland

Choosing the best beach in the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven is hard to top. It stretches 7km along Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 in the group. It has crystal-clear aqua-hued water and at Hill Inlet, the tide shifts the sand to create a beautiful fusion of colours. Ferries and yachts offer daytrips from Airlie Beach and the adventurous can try ocean rafting, sea kayaking and jet-boating.

Glenelg, South Australia

Glenelg is Adelaide's most popular beach. Just 20 minutes from the city, people flock there in summer for a refreshing swim after work, and most linger for a casual dinner. On weekends it's the place for wave skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, sailing and fishing.

Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia

Perth's popular fun place for swimming, snorkelling, surfing, Cottesloe is lined with Norfolk pines offering welcome shade. The clean, clear Indian Ocean coastline boasts smooth terraced lawns, great cafes and pubs to help provide a great day out. Pubs throng with Sunday-session crowds. Generations of locals have been enjoying the ritual for years and get together with mates over a few cool drinks.

St Kilda Beach, Victoria

St Kilda is a bayside suburb on Port Phillip Bay. A short distance from the city, its sandy beaches are safe and it's a buzzy place of cafes, restaurants and apartments. Families love the old Luna Park, which has a wooden roller-coaster, and the sea baths, where people go to exercise or relax. Each Sunday there's an art and craft market along the Esplanade.

What's your favourite Aussie beach and why? Tell us below.

User comments
shld get bertie to do best of reviews instead of the blinkered clown that did. sth aust has some great beaches but glenelg is not one of them. try trinity beach in Cairns, anywhere along drive to Pt Douglas, sth aus and west coast beaches, now theres some impressive shoreline!
Just about to finish a 21 month lap of Australia in a motorhome and ventured to just about every beach there is including your list. ?St Kilda - not really a beach let alone a nice one! Bells may have ok waves (I'll take your word for it) but is a sad beach to look at. Does Australia end at the WA border? WA has some remarkable coastline and beaches. Here's my top 10 for what it's worth- 1.Hellfire Bay - Cape Le Grande NP , Esperance WA 2.Whitehaven Beach QLD 3.Bay of Fires - east coast TAS 4.Wineglass Bay - east coast TAS 5. Byron Bay NSW 6.Greens Pool - west of Albany WA 7. Any Margaret River beach - Redgate is my fav. WA 8. Any Gold Coast beach QLD 9. Cape Le Veque - nth of Broome WA 10. Hyams Beach - Jervis Bay NSW
The sand is beautiful and white the water is clear it is the best. On any day even in rougher weather you can still see in the water. Occasionally you will even get dolphins swimming with you.
Great t.v show and great music! I would really appreciate the soundtrack from this episode (22 Dec 2011) the names and artists of each song, please!
My fav beach is Mermaid Beach in Queensland as it is family orientated. Everyone is welcome and there is always plenty of room to get the ideal spot and the sand is white and squeaky.
Bondi? Sorry, I thought I was about to go through a list of "The best beaches" with a view to identifying 'THE BEST BEACHES'! BONDI?! Man that beach is possibly the most overrated place EVER!. If I wanted to fight traffic to get to my favourite beach, or if I wanted to walk half a kilometre to the beach because I either could find a parking spot, or the price of parking cost more than my weekly rent. Perhaps you wanted to sit on an overcrowded beach where you don't mind teens playing soccer over and around you, OR maybe you like the fact that you run the very high risk of having your possessions stolen as soon as you hit the water. If that was the criteria, then I apologise. YOU WERE SPOT ON. If, on the other hand you preferred clean water, good waves and great location. you would be wrong on all counts. Maybe you should have called the segment Most Famous Beaches. No mention of South East corner of Qld or Port Stephens not even either Steel City of NSW. YAWN!
st kilda beach your kidding right? Its not even a real beach. No waves and full of junkies with needles and the water is so dirty. I wouldnt go there even if you payed me. What about the Gold coast hello?

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