Rowley Shoals, Australia's North West, WA © Tourism Australia

Australia’s best beaches

Chris Hemsworth, Global Ambassador © 2017 Getty Images

There is nothing better than waking up and jumping straight into salty water, going for a surf with the family, grabbing a fantastic coffee at your favourite café.

Chris Hemsworth, actor and Global Ambassador for Tourism Australia

Kangaroo at Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Kangaroo at Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia

East Point Reserve, Darwin, NT Ⓒ Tourism Australia

East Point Reserve, Darwin, Northern Territory

Jess Mauboy © www.vassi.com.au

Jess Mauboy, Australian singer and songwriter

"Running along Mindil Beach – which is always quiet – and seeing the sun set is my way of knowing I am home."

Gunyah Beach Sand Dunes, Eyre Peninsula, SA © South Australian Tourism Commission

Gunyah Beach Sand Dunes, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

Surf Life Savers, Gold Coast, QLD © Tourism Australia

Essentials

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.

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, QLD © Jason Hill, Tourism and Events Queensland

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland

Rainbow Beach, Sunshine Coast, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Rainbow Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

The Pass, Byron Bay, NSW Ⓒ Tourism Australia

The Pass, Byron Bay, New South Wales

Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW © Destination NSW

Fun fact

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

Huskisson Beach, Huskisson, NSW Ⓒ Tourism Australia

Huskisson Beach, Huskisson, New South Wales

Ninety Mile Beach, Gippsland, VIC © Visit Victoria

Ninety Mile Beach, Gippsland, Victoria

Swimming, Freycinet, TAS Ⓒ Tourism Australia

Swimming, Freycinet, Tasmania