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Australia's Beaches

Craving an Australian beach holiday? Learn about some of our iconic beach destinations.

There's Victoria's Great Ocean Road, which links famous surf beaches, tranquil seaside towns, whale lookouts and the Twelve Apostles. In Tasmania's Freycinet National Park, you can swim, fish and kayak against a backdrop of dusky pink mountains, blue-green sea and white sand.

Australia has many spectacular coastal journeys. Sail through the Whitsundays or hike the pristine coastline of Victoria's Wilsons Promontory. Drive from Sydney to Cairns along the breathtaking Pacific Coast Touring Route. In Western Australia, the Indian Ocean Drive links white beaches, coral reefs, fishing towns and national parks. The South West Beaches and Goldfields Drive meanders through Margaret River to the beach-blessed southern coast.

For more beach holiday ideas, read about Sydney's sparkling beaches and the cliff-hugging Bondi to Bronte coastal walk. We can guide you on Australia's surf beaches to help you plan your holiday to surf Australia! 

Popular Beaches in Sydney and Surrounds

Guide to Bondi Beach

Guide to Bondi Beach

Each year more than a million travellers descend on the golden shoreline of Bondi Beach. Here's why.

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9 of Sydney’s best beaches

9 of Sydney’s best beaches

Sydney is blessed with dozens of stunning beaches. Here is a selection of local favourites.

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Guide to Jervis Bay

Guide to Jervis Bay

Find the world's whitest sand beach at Jervis Bay, located 3 hours south of Sydney. Get travel information on Hyams Beach, Booderee National Park and more.

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Guide to Lord Howe Island

Guide to Lord Howe Island

Leave the pace of modern life behind when you visit World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, a lush natural paradise less than two hours by plane from Sydney and Brisbane.

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Local's Guide to Palm Beach

Local's Guide to Palm Beach

Chill out and enjoy the sun on Palm Beach at the exclusive end of Sydney's Northern Beaches. Experience one of Sydney's most beautiful beaches for yourself.

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Popular Beaches in the Gold Coast
and Surrounds

Guide to the Gold Coast

Guide to the Gold Coast

From theme parks to shopping, and surfing to ancient rainforest, here’s how to make the most of the Gold Coast.

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Guide to Byron Bay

Guide to Byron Bay

Mainland Australia's easternmost town is a melting pot of surf culture, alternative lifestyles and hedonistic pursuits.

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A guide to exploring Brisbane's islands

A guide to exploring Brisbane's islands

You’ve probably heard of Moreton, Bribie and North Stradbroke Island – but what about Lamb, Coochiemudlo, Macleay and Peel? Or Karragarra, Russell, St Helena and King?

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Byron Bay's top five bucket list experiences

Byron Bay's top five bucket list experiences

Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned visitor to Australia, chances are you haven’t experienced all Byron Bay has to offer. So, next time you visit the North Coast of New South Wales, tick these experiences off your bucket list.

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5 of the Best Surfing Spots on the Gold Coast

5 of the Best Surfing Spots on the Gold Coast

With about 70 kilometres (44 miles) of beaches and four epic point breaks, it's easy to see why the Gold Coast attracts surfers from all over the world.

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Popular Beaches in the Sunshine Coast
and Surrounds

Guide to Fraser Island

Guide to Fraser Island

Guide to the Sunshine Coast

Guide to the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is perfect for an action-packed holiday or quiet escape at any time of year. Discover its vast beaches, a thriving food scene at Noosa and the many natural treasures of the surrounding hinterland.

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Guide to Tangalooma

Guide to Tangalooma

Surrounded by national park on Moreton Island, Tangalooma Beach Resort offers a great base for watersports and natural adventures.

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Guide to Hervey Bay

Guide to Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay is an aquatic paradise north of Brisbane and one of the best places in Australia to experience nature in the wild. The safe, sheltered waters of Hervey Bay make it ideal for year-round water sports, from swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving to sailing and fishing.

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Local's Guide to Noosa

Local's Guide to Noosa

Discover why Noosa is one of the most popular beachside holiday destinations in Australia.

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Popular Beaches in Cairns
and Surrounds

Guide to Cairns

Guide to Cairns

The gateway to Queensland's tropical north, Cairns is a laid-back city best enjoyed outdoors.

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Local's Guide to Airlie Beach

Local's Guide to Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is a relaxed Australian resort town on Queensland's Whitsunday Coast. It's a gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.

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Local's Guide to Port Douglas

Local's Guide to Port Douglas

Clear blue waters, superb rainforest and a friendly village vibe make Port Douglas a popular beach holiday destination.

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Great Barrier Reef Highlights

Great Barrier Reef Highlights

You can swim, snorkel, dive and sail the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, a living masterpiece so big it can be seen from outer space.

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Guide to Mission Beach

Guide to Mission Beach

With World Heritage rainforest on one side and the Great Barrier Reef on the other, in this aquatic playground you can be as relaxed or adventurous as you wish.

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Popular Beaches in Melbourne
and Surrounds

Torquay

Torquay

You can have all kinds of seaside sun in Torquay, but this picturesque holiday town is most famous for the surf beaches that surround it. Sitting south-west of Melbourne at the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, Torquay is fringed by some fantastic breaks with fairytale names.

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Guide to the 12 Apostles

Guide to the 12 Apostles

Forget the small stuff on the dramatic, rugged and windswept coastline where the world-famous Twelve Apostles sit.

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Guide to Phillip Island, Victoria

Guide to Phillip Island, Victoria

Phillip Island boasts breathtaking natural beauty and plenty of attractions for nature-lovers and adventurers, including the famous Penguin Parade.

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Ninety Mile Beach

Ninety Mile Beach

Ninety Mile Beach, located in the Gippsland region on Victoria's south-eastern coastline, is one of the longest uninterrupted beaches in the world. Stand on the beach and watch the beach disappear into the salty sea spray in the distance. You might find that your footprints are the only ones in the sand that day. This is one of the most natural and unspoilt beaches in the world and is ideal for activities from beach fishing and swimming to walking, whale and dolphin-spotting or just lazing in the sun. Sun, sand and lush national parks all create the perfect holiday environment.

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Guide to the Great Ocean Road

Guide to the Great Ocean Road

Experience one of the world's most scenic coastal drives, along the south-west coast of Victoria.

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Popular Beaches in Perth
and Western Australia

Guide to Cottesloe Beach

Guide to Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe Beach has been the favourite seaside destination for Perth locals for more than 100 years.

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Guide to Rottnest Island

Guide to Rottnest Island

Enjoy a relaxing and family-friendly island holiday just off the coast of Western Australia.

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Cable Beach

Cable Beach

Cable Beach, at Broome in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, is a 22 kilometre-long stretch of pure white sand, set against a backdrop of red ochre cliffs and fringed by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Ride a camel along the beach at sunrise or sunset.

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Guide to Ningaloo Reef

Guide to Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef is the best place on Earth to swim alongside the gentle whale shark.

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