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Australia's best beaches

Thursday, October 1, 2009
It's possible Kelly Landry may be thinking she drew the short straw in Getaway's "Wonder of Australia" special episode. How do you pick the best beaches in our country when there are all so many? We were able 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.

User comments
Cable Beach in Broome is the best beach in WA. St Kilda looks terrible.
Kelly, what are you thinking?? I love Victoria, but St Kilda beach as one of the top 10 beaches in Australia - DON'T THINK SO!!!!!!! The suburb is fantastic overall, but the beach is not! After a holiday in Qld - I can say that many beaches on the Gold Coast are superb, soft clean sand and spectacular views, just no camparison!!! STILL LOVE VICTORIA and everything we have here though!!!!!
Huh? St Kilda one of the top 10 in Oz?? The suburb rocks but the beach sucks. Whitehaven is beautiful. Cottesloe is gorgeous but not the best in WA - Middleton beach in Albany and 80 mile beach in Broome are amazing. And how NSW and Victoria got 2 beaches in the top 10 and QLD and WA only got 1 each just blows me away.
I agree with PH, South-East QLD and Northern Noew South Wales have the best beaches in Australia and possibly that most of them would rate in the top 10 in the World. The Sunshine and Gold Coasts are just wonderful. Bondi sucks because it's just too crowded and full of bloody tourists that keep don't know how to swim and get into trouble. You guys really need to do some more research.
Are you kidding? I've been to many beaches in Australia and most of these wouldn't even make my list!! There are so many better beaches in Southeast and central Queensland, Northern New South Wales, other parts of Tasmania and Western Australia!! I can't believe Bondi & St. Kilda are even short-listed! Can anyone tell me what are these selection based on?
The song that you are trying to find that is used in the intro for whitehaven beach is called over the rainbow. A hawaain artist called Israel Kamakawiwoole sings it. It is used in heaps of movies.
As per Lucy comment - does anyone know the song used for introducing Whitehaven beach as I have heard it before but cannot remember who sings it or the title?
You are kidding. Any of the beaches on the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Northern NSW are better the all of these. Bondi get a gig becasue it's famous. Bells has a good wave but the rest, forget about them.
I was wondering if anyone could help me with the song that was used last night to introduce Whitehaven beach or maybe it was Hymes Beach?? It sounds very 'Island Dreaming' type of music but have no idea who sings it or what the name is?? Any help would be great.

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