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My Top Ten Beaches In Australia

Updated on September 26, 2013
Airlie beach
Airlie beach | Source

Great Beaches in Australia

So what constitutes a wonderful beach for me? It needs to be long enough to walk for miles, have plenty of sand to lie out on, to be not too crowded so that you can get that wonderful sense of being along with the sea and nature, to be fringed by rainforest or palm trees, and to be hot and sunny! Easy access to snacks and other services is also a great bonus!

Mission Beach, Tropical North Queensland, Australia
Mission Beach, Tropical North Queensland, Australia | Source

No 1 - Mission Beach, TNQ

It is a little inconvenient when your favourite stretch of sand in the whole wide world (and by default Australia!) is many thousands of miles away in tropical North Queensland, but it makes going back there so special. I first went to Mission Beach in August 2001 and was blown away by the golden sand, the rainforest coming right down to the beach, and the blue of the sky and the sea. Paradise. And they even threw in some cassowaries! I have been back since then and aim to return as often as I can.

Osprey Bay, Exmouth, WA
Osprey Bay, Exmouth, WA | Source

No 2 - Osprey Bay, Exmouth, WA

After having fallen in love with the lush, tropical paradise of Northern Queensland, I was not prepared to also be so taken by the beaches in Western Australia. But the silver sand, clear blue water and wonderful snorkeling in Turquoise Bay, Osprey Bay and the other surrounding beaches blew me away. Situated outside Exmouth on the Ningaloo Reef, you can snorkel straight off the beach, as the coral bolas are just off shore, sometimes in water so shallow that you can still stand up in it. The main thing you need to look out for is the current. As it is so remote, it is also very quiet with no crowds.

Kalbarri Beach, WA
Kalbarri Beach, WA | Source

No 3 - Kalbarri, WA

Surprisingly, we are staying on the Western Coast for number 3. Beautiful Kalbarri has beautiful sheltered beaches within the estuary of the Murchison River, and wilder beaches as you head around the point. Again you can walk for miles, encountering very few people. The sunsets are spectacular and the pelicans get fed on the shore every morning.

Magnetic Island, Queensland
Magnetic Island, Queensland | Source

No 4 - Magnetic Island Beaches

Back in Queensland for number four - the beautiful beaches of Magnetic Island. When I was travelling in 2007 I stayed in Picnic Bay and took advantage of the amazing walking tracks they have all over the island, some of them giving wonderful views of the beaches and seas below. Picnic Bay is a quiet little spot since the ferries no longer stop there and the building of the new apartments was stopped, but the seafront is beautiful and you could walk right out onto the jetty - especially lovely on a moonlit night.

Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast
Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast | Source

No 5 - Maroochydore, QLD

So we are staying in Queensland for number 5, and going to the Sunshine Coast. I stopped in Maroochydore because I liked the name, and I am glad that I did. The strand starts at the mouth of the river, giving calm, shallow water and the bends round the corner to golden sands and wilder surf. You can walk for miles down to Mooloolaba, with plenty of ice cream opportunities on the way!

Cable Beach Sunset
Cable Beach Sunset | Source

No 6 - Cable Beach, Broome, WA

For number six, we are back in Western Australia and at the iconic Cable Beach just outside of the town of Broome. What can you say? Miles of silver sand, turquoise sea, camels and even dinosaur footprints. The sunsets are amazing, although I have yet to see the famous 'Staircase to the Moon'. Again lots of empty sand, so you can find your own private spot!

South Molle Island, The Whitsundays
South Molle Island, The Whitsundays | Source

No 7 - South Molle Island, The Whitsundays

Number seven is in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland on South Molle Island. The picture perfect tropical island beach. The island also has many walking tracks, birds, snakes, butterflies, turtles and fish. Take a torch, as we lost power for quite a few hours when I stayed there.

Rottnest Island, Perth, WA
Rottnest Island, Perth, WA | Source

No 8 - Rottnest Island Beaches, Perth, WA

The beautiful beaches of Rottnest Island (there are 63 beaches and 20 bays), off the coast of Perth, come in at number eight. They are pristine, with beautiful sand, rocks and cystal clear water. The island is also home to the Quokkas, unique little marsupials that are unique to Rottnest and wander around freely.

Fraser Island, Queensland
Fraser Island, Queensland | Source

No 9 - Fraser Island Beaches, QLD

Another icon in at number 9 - Fraser Island off the coast of Queensland. The beaches are stunning, but not really suitable for swimming or sunbathing as you are risking being mown down by a speeding 4-wheel drive, being eaten by a shark, being swept away by the powerful current or being affected by the fire weed in the sea!

Cervantes, WA
Cervantes, WA | Source

No 10 - Cervantes, WA

If you really feel like 'wandering lonely as a cloud', number ten favourite beach is the place to be. Cervantes, a small fishing town in Western Australia, is the jumping off point for the famous Pinnacles desert. But it also has miles of silver sand, where you can walk without seeing anyone, except the sea birds


So this is my Top Ten favourite beaches in Australia. I still have many more to visit and have been to many wonderful places that aren't on this list. If you have an Australian beach that you think should be a contender, let me know!

Cape Leveque
Cape Leveque | Source

Found Another Great Australian Beach - Cape Leveque!

OK I know the title of the Hub is 'Top Ten', but I keep on travelling and I keep on finding great new Australian beaches! Cape Leveque is on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula about 220 kms north of Broome. It is pretty hard to access as a lot of the road is unsealed and you need a fairly sturdy 4WD. But when you get there it is a stunning panorama of red cliffs, white sand and turquoise sea. There is a camp site there, offering different grades of tented accommodation, and a small cafe and shop. It's easy to find a stretch of beach all to yourself and when the tide is low there is pretty good snorkeling to be had.

There are also really beautiful sunsets - so pour a glass of wine, sit back, relax and enjoy!

All Images Are My Own

Jellyfish on the beach at Cervantes WA
Jellyfish on the beach at Cervantes WA | Source

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    • CMHypno profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi CaravanDrifter, thanks for reading the hub and leaving a comment. No, I haven't had the luck to visit Camilla Beach yet. Hopefully, I will get to spend some more time in Queensland (I'm from the UK) and be able to visit there

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      James Hamilton 

      6 years ago from Queensland

      Have you sees Camilla beach, it is south of Sarina Qld and you can camp there free

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      9 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Cottesloe Beach didn't make it to the list because I haven't been there yet! It always seems to be winter when I'm in Perth, with wet, windy weather - I struck lucky with the sun for my day on Rottnest Island. So many beaches and so little time - next time I get to beautiful OZ, hopefully there will be new beaches and more photos

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      Annie Fenn 

      9 years ago from Australia

      This is an awesome hub. I am an aussie, but have only been to three of the beaches on your list, being Mission Beach, Maroochydore and the beautiful Fraser Island. All live up to your descriptions. I have also been to Cottesloe Beach in WA and wonder why that one didn't make the list? I guess you have to stop somewhere, hey.

      A great hub, well written with great photos.

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      10 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hey skye, you get planning that trip to the Australian beaches - I can guarantee that you will have the time of you life. I was gutted earlier this year when the cyclone hit land at Mission Beach, causing devastation, but I suppose that even paradise has its problems

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      10 years ago

      Awesome hub. I have always wanted to go to aussie land. Perhaps one day. The beach's are beautiful Thank you for a great share. Up and awesome Your info is entertaining to say the lesat. Love it. Hugs to you.

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      10 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      You are right jackavc, I do not surf and I have only been to Victoria and South Australia during your winter so did not hit the beach! Australia is such a huge country that I doubt I will get to see it all - haven't even seen all of the UK yet! Thanks for reading the hub on Australian beaches and leaving a comment

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      10 years ago from Australia

      Hypno you obviously dont surf do you or else you have never seen any of the Victorian coast. I have lived up and down the eastern seaboard and although very beautiful, beach living inside the barrier reef is dead boring for anyone who loves the ocean other than for diving. great list though and i have had some really great times at Mission beach.

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      10 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Let us know what you think of these Australian beaches when you have visited all 10, Prop-mgmt-course. Thanks for the read and the comment

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      10 years ago

      o.k this will be on my to do list

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      11 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi Jake, thanks for the read and the great comment. I'm in Cairns at the moment so will try to get to Cowbay and Ellis Beach to check them out!

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      11 years ago

      I would have to agree Mission Beach is pretty good. Although Cape Tribulation is Fantastic along with Cowbay and Ellis Beach. Follow the coast Nth to find trully remote.

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      11 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi oceansnsunsets, hope that you realise your dream soon, and get to see all of these amazing beaches in Australia. Thanks for the read and the great comment.

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      11 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Oh my, I love this hub, and I am bookmarking it. Thanks so much CMHypno, great ideas of beaches to go to (if possible) when in Australia. What a dream!

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      11 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Thanks for the comment Sydney Getaways Guy - there are so many beautiful beaches in Australia, that sadly I will probably not get to see them all!

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      Sydney Getaways Guy 

      11 years ago

      You sure have picked some very nice beaches there CM, Ive done all but the Esperence. Cable Beach Broome is a goody as is Mallacoota in Victoria but really there's no end to the best beaches in Australia because they're all good. If you would like to know of some around Sydney for the next time you visit simply check;

      You've done a great job I certainly wish I could keep on exploring more beaches.

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      11 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Glad you enjoyed the Hub on my Top 10 Favourite Beaches in Australia, Ian. Though every time I go to Australia I find another great beach to add to my list!

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      Ian Stinson 

      11 years ago

      Congratulations for that great article! The pictures are beautiful, let me say that my favourite one is Rottnest Island, seems so lonely and silent.

      I was planning a trip to Australia soon and I don't wanna miss the Great Barrier Reef. Finally I found a good travel opportunity that I want to share with all of you.

      You're welcome to check this site, highly recommended ;)

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      11 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi travelespresso, glad you liked the Australian beaches! I went travelling for zix months in Australia and New Zealand, so I have loads of New Zealand photos and plenty of Hubs to write!

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      11 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Hi CMH - You like your beaches huh? Me too. This is a lovely selection and alluring photographs. Add New Zealand onto your next trip if you can - we have some excellent beaches too.

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      11 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Sorry wirednomad, but Tasmania is a part of Australia that I haven't managed to visit yet. Unfortunately, for us Brits it's a long journey away, but hope to get to Tasmania soon! Thanks for stopping by th Hub and leaving a great comment.

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      11 years ago from Australia

      Wineglass Bay, Tasmania, how on earth is it not on the list?

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      11 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi Catherine R, thanks for stopping by the Hub and leaving a great comment. I haven't been down the Great Ocean Road yet - it's on my list of places I want to visit in Australia.

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      Catherine R 

      11 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      All great beaches but you must come to Victoria - the Great Ocean Road beaches need to be seen. As well as the pretty deserted Ocean beaches down the Mornington Peninsula!

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      11 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Thanks for the great comment awsysney, and I will definitely check out your hub on City Beach. Am in Broome at the moment, so expect more photos!

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      11 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Hello, you have taken some great photos!! One of my favourites in WA is City beach. I have a hub on this one and you may like to check it out.

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      11 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Thanks for the great comment prasetio30. These beaches are only the tip of the iceberg - Australia has so many more!

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      11 years ago from malang-indonesia

      great compilation. thanks for share. It looks wonderful place to visit.nice picture also.

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      12 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi salt, I am jealous of how many Australian beaches you have been to! I'm coming to Australia in September so will check out Leighton Beach. My favourite beach in Sydney is Coogee. Thanks for the great comment and your list of favourite beaches

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      12 years ago from australia

      one of my favorite beaches in on great keppel island. The water is torquiose and magical.

      byron bay is pretty wonderful too.

      Perth is my heart home and has fantastic beaches - leighton beach is great and some of the south west beaches fantastic.

      Again, sydney has bondi and manly beaches and great rock swimming pools.

      Palm beach and all the northern beaches.

      Adelaide has great beaches too.

      There are so many - the great ocean road and portsea backbeach.

      I have to do the Whitsundays!

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      12 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi Bundle Boy, Thanks for the comment. So many beaches so little time! South Molle is less glitzy (also cheaper!) than some of it's neighbours like Daydream Island or Hamilton Island. But when I was there it was very quiet and relaxing.

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      12 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I love the WhitSundays! Haven't been to many of them listed here. More places to see.


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