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.
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.
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