Who doesn’t love a good beach?

And with approximately 35,000 kilometres of coastline, Australia is home to arguably some of the most beautiful and eclectic beaches in the world. Ranging from sheltered coves with pristine white sand to long stretches of rugged coastline with plentiful surf breaks – we’ve got it all covered in Australia.

1. Lucky Bay, WA

Located in the Cape Le Grand National Park at the Southern end of Western Australia, Lucky Bay is famed as one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia.  The sand is soft and white, the water is a crystal clear turquoise and the local kangaroos and goannas are often found sunning themselves on the edge of the sandy dunes.

The beach is only accessible by foot or 4WD so it’s pretty well guaranteed to be crowd free. The nearest town is the picturesque Esperance where you can relax at Choice Hotels Comfort Inn Bay of Isles in our 4 star Esperance accommodation that features an outdoor pool and on-site restaurant.

2. Byron Bay, NSW

All the beaches at Byron Bay are beautiful but my favourite has to be Wategos Beach. The exclusive beach is a favourite with long boarders, who often share it with the bottle nosed dolphins and sea turtles. Little Wategos is also a lovely beach and is only a short walk over the headland on a well-maintained wooden walkway.

Byron Bay can often be very busy, especially during peak holiday times so if you want to enjoy the beautiful beaches but stay away from the crowds then nearby Ballina is worth a look. Comfort Inn All Seasons offers resort style Ballina accommodation only 20 minutes from the heart of Byron Bay.

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3. Bells Beach, VIC

Famous for its excellent surf breaks and the annual Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach is one of Australia’s best known beaches. Located approximately 100km from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road, Bells is a popular destination for surfers with a number of surf breaks including ‘Southside’, ‘Centreside’, ‘Rincon’ and ‘Winki Pop’.

Bells Beach has featured in several sufing movies including Point Break and Surf’s Up. Geelong is officially the start of the Great Ocean Road and Choice Hotels has 4 great properties to choose from in the area. One of the best options is Quality Hotel Bayside Geelong.

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4. Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, QLD

Main Beach in Surfers Paradise is a 3 kilometre straight stretch of beach flanked by multi storey luxury apartment blocks, busy restaurants and resort shops and overflowing with tourists and locals swimming, surfing, sun baking, playing beach volley ball, jogging, roller blading and riding bikes. If you like it busy, then Main Beach has it all going on.

Famous for its gold bikini wearing ‘meter maids’ that top up parking meters, Main Beach has a fun and frivolous vibe. Further south, the long straight beach turns into Broadbeach, equally as beautiful but without all the crowds.

5. Altona Dog Beach, VIC

The best thing about this beach is that it’s a beach for dogs! Yes, your furry friends have a private beach all to themselves! Blocked off so they can’t run away, Altona Dog Beach is the perfect place to bring your pooch on the weekend to them socialize with other dogs.

It’s a very clean beach as every owner strives to make the place suitable for their fur baby. Shallow waters allow the dogs to frolic in the ocean, and soft sand allow them to rest up and sunbake if they wish!

6. 90 Mile Beach, Gippsland NSW

If long stretches of secluded beach is what you’re looking for then Gippsland’s 90 Mile Beach is sure to tick your boxes. Stretching 151 kilometres (94 miles) from Lakes Entrance to Port Albert, the waters of 90 Mile Beach are not known for their safety. There are often rip currents and cross currents and the shallow waters are known shark breeding grounds for several breeds including Great Whites during the mating season.

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For this reason, it is not recommended to swim along most of its length, but the golden sands, great fishing and abundant wildlife in the area make at a popular beach for adventurers and nature lovers. Lakes Entrance and Bairnsdale are two great base points to explore 90 Mile Beach. Stay at Comfort Inn & Suites Emmanuel, a lakefront hotel in the heart of Lakes Entrance.

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