Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia © Jess Caldwell

The best beaches in Australia

Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA © South Australian Tourism Commission

Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia © South Australian Tourism Commission

Top tip

Many of Australia's beaches are patrolled by volunteer surf lifesavers. Always swim between the red and yellow flags, which indicate the safest area to swim.

Hill Inlet, Whitsunday Islands, QLD © Tourism Tropical North Queensland

Hill Inlet, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland © Tourism Tropical North Queensland

Bells Beach, Great Ocean Road, VIC © Visit Victoria

Bells Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria © Visit Victoria

Wineglass Bay, Freycinet, TAS © Daniel Tran

Wineglass Bay, Freycinet, Tasmania © Daniel Tran

Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW © Adam Krowitz

Bondi Beach, Sydney, New South Wales © Adam Krowitz

Fun fact

Australia has almost 12,000 beaches along its 60,000-kilometre (37,282-mile) coastline. If you visited one per day, it would take more than 32 years to see them all.

Camels at sunset on Cable Beach, Broome, WA © Lauren Bath

Camels at sunset on Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia © Lauren Bath

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, QLD © Tourism Australia

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Queensland © Tourism Australia

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Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay, New South Wales © Jordan Robins

Kangaroo, Lucky Bay, WA © Tourism Australia

Kangaroo, Lucky Bay, Western Australia © Tourism Australia

Mindil Beach, Darwin, NT © Tourism Northern Territory

Mindil Beach, Darwin, Northern Territory © Tourism Northern Territory

Cottesloe Beach, Perth, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia © Tourism Western Australia