Ok this post is officially just me gushing about the gorgeous beaches in Australia. That’s ok though! Who doesn’t love a lazy day on the beach, especially in Australia?
10. Coogee Beach- Sydney
I love the quaint feeling of the shops surrounding Coogee Beach, it is laid back and super chill. I actually decided to spend Christmas here a couple years ago with my sister. The long stretch of sand perfectly aligned to keep the waves small. There is a little bit of a drop off right off shore but that just makes it all the more fun! Grab a coconut from the beach shop and soak up the sun in a place that doesn’t feel like it’s in the middle of a city of millions.
9. Semaphore Beach- Adelaide
There are a few beaches in Adelaide that feature their large piers and kilometer streaks of beaches. How do you choose just one? Well you can’t really but I’m in love with Semaphore!
8. Marley Beach- Royal National Park
Royal National Park just South of Sydney is amazing for hiking, exploring and adventures. But it also has one of my favourite beaches in Australia in it. You can’t swim there since it’s way too dangerous but it is amazing to explore!
7. Byron Bay and Lennox Head- NSW
Two separate beaches that are fairly close together!
It was storming and wavy, and honestly just crazy the days we were at this beach just south of Byron Bay. The YHA in town is stunning and the best one I’ve stayed at, just an FYI. But this beach stretches as far as the eye can see and is a perfect surf beach. That’s why I can’t get enough of Lennox Head!
If you love surfing, and beach hair and roxy and billabong and everything else that goes with the laid back surf lifestyle you will love Byron Bay. After making my way around Australia for two years this became one of my favourite beaches, and also one that I tend to forget about. How?! I know! It’s actually amazing and how I could forget about it I’m not sure.
6. Zenith Beach- Port Stephens
There is a little secluded beach near Port Stephens called Zenith Beach that is always quiet, and feels as though you are in a different world! You have to walk down a jungle path to get to the beach that feels straight out of Jurassic Park.
5. Perth- Just all of it!
I basically just group all of Perth into one since the west coast blends together into kilometers and kilometers of beaches. Definitely best place is in __.
5. 7 Sisters- Victoria
Honestly, I’m not sure if this counts as a beach, but there is sand and cool rock formations. One of the most photogenic and touristy places in Australia for sure.
3. Bondi Beach- Sydney
Bondi Beach with it’s various TV shows, hyped up fame and overly touristy vibe still makes this list. Why? For one it’s awesome. For another reason, it’s quintessentially Australia. My goal when I lived in Sydney was to live here, never happened though. I spent most of my summer lazing on the beach, enjoying the sunshine and the surf, daydreaming of being part of “Bondi Rescue”.
2. The Whitsundays!
Everyone whose typed “Australia” into pinterest has come up with a picture on Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays. These islands come together to make a small colony of gorgeousness (see I’m just gushing…). The white sand, blue water and rainforest, well they all come together to create paradise.
1. Hyams Beach- ACT
Oh my god. This beach is pure heaven on earth. Known as the whitest sand on the planet not only is is dazzling to take pictures on, the turquoise clear water just adds to it’s appeal. Absolutely a must see in Australia! I went as often as I could, official in the ACT, it is only a few hours drive south from Sydney.
What do you think?
I know that this list is far from extensive. Every beach is amazing in its own way. But this is the list of my favourites and if you’re heading to Australia, then be sure to hit these great swimming spots. From the sand to the sun to everything in between, they are great places to explore.
What’s your favourite beach in Australia? Let me know in the comments below!