Australia is renowned for its beautiful beaches, and with over 35,000 kilometres of coastline it’s really no wonder. There are more than 10,000 beaches ranging from tiny, sheltered rocky outcrops nestled between cliffs, to wide, straight expanses of sand stretching for miles.
Some are almost impossible to get to and are completely untouched, while others are the main feature of tourist areas and surrounded by high rise buildings and luxury hotels and accommodation. Check out our list of the four most gorgeous beaches in Australia.
1. Lucky Bay – Esperance, Western Australia
Lucky Bay is located on the south coast of Western Australia in the Cape Le Grand National Park. The closest town is the beautiful coastal town of Esperance, around an hour’s drive from Lucky Bay. Lucky Bay has long earned the title of ‘the whitest beach in Australia’ with pure white sand made up of coral and quartz in a pristine wine glass shaped bay. The stunning combination of the snow white sand and turquoise water is breathtaking, and the untouched sand dunes and vegetation surrounding the beach are the perfect haven for native wildlife.
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Tourists visiting the beach at dusk or dawn might be lucky enough to see the local kangaroos lounging in the sand or feeding at the sands edge. Cape Le Grand National Park is home to numerous other beautiful beaches worthy of a visit, many completely deserted. The Comfort Inn Bay of Isles in Esperance is a great base from which to explore Lucky Bay and its surrounds.
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2. Main Beach – Surfers Paradise, Queensland
In complete contrast to Lucky Bay, Main Beach in Surfers Paradise Queensland is long, wide and straight and surrounded by modern, towering apartment buildings. The beach is at the northern end of over 57 kilometres of stunning surf beaches making up the gold coast. Busy year round, Main Beach is one of the most well known beaches in Australia and a must see for visitors from overseas. The beach is patrolled year round and is safe for swimming.
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There are also excellent surf breaks along the stretch of beach that are popular with both visitors and locals alike. The bustling night life, resort style shopping and extensive selection of restaurants and cafes make Main Beach an exciting place to visit.
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3. Wategos Beach – Byron Bay, New South Wales
The beaches of Byron Bay are nothing short of sensational and Wategos nestled in a palm covered cove is a must see. A 15 minute walk or a short drive from the main town of Byron Bay, the accommodation in Wategos is first rate and star spotting is the order of the day.
Boutique apartments, luxury homes and the exclusive Rae’s at Wategos are highly sort after and require booking months in advance. One of the most popular and consistent surf breaks in Byron, Wategos is the place to be seen. Visitors who can’t afford the high prices of Wategos can stay in the main town of Byron Bay or nearby Ballina. The Comfort Inn All Seasons in Ballina is only a short drive from Byron and close to beaches and Ballina attractions.
4. Apollo Bay – The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Apollo Bay is a small coastal town, nestled on the eastern side of Cape Otway on the Great Ocean Road. The town is perched between a picturesque swimming beach and a surf beach offering the best of both worlds for visitors. The main beach is safe to swim at and attracts large crowds in the summer months and the nearby surf beach has consistently good surf as it is sheltered from the westerlies.
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Apollo Bay’s location along the Great Ocean Road means there is much to do besides the beach. The area is known for its excellent fishing and the surrounding Cape Otway National Park provides a great range of activities including the spectacular Otway Fly Treetop Walk, a 30 metre high walkway through the spectacular giant trees of the Otway National Park. The Comfort Inn The International is centrally located and offers a range of room types including two bedroom family suites. Looking for more beach options? We’ve got you covered.