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Sun, Surf & Sand: Australia's Best Beaches

15th November 2015

It's a fact. Australia boasts some of the best beaches in the world. People from around the globe visit our shores to enjoy the famed coastal environments and lifestyles.

Given Australia has a coastline that stretches for nearly 37,015 kilometres, with 11,011 beaches – more than any other nation – the endorsement of Cottesloe Beach by many a traveller as the best is an incredible recommendation for the Perth beach.

However, we've found a few more Aussie beaches you won't be disappointed with.

 Cottesloe Beach in Perth, considered one of the world's best (Image: Getty)

Cottesloe Beach

Overlooking the Indian Ocean, in 1909 Cottesloe Beach was the birthplace of surfing. Easy to reach from the city centre and with pristine white sand to laze upon, the resort is also a wonderful spot for swimming, snorkelling, diving, fishing and people-watching.

It also offers great dining in a choice of oceanside restaurants, cafes and pubs, many with spectacular panoramic coastal views, including scenic Rottnest Island.

Cottesloe’s pine-lined avenues, colonial buildings, laid-back atmosphere and spectacular sunsets add to its charm, making this the Australian beach venue that more than a third of respondents to the poll said they would most like to visit.

Bells Beach

Voters are clearly surfing fans, for in second place is Bells Beach, lying south-west of Melbourne on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.

With waves reaching as high as 16 feet on a good day, it is home to the world’s longest-running surfing competition, the Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival which runs for 10 days at Easter.

 Surfing on a low day at Bells (Image: Getty)

Bondi Beach

Equally popular, although quite different, is Bondi Beach – no visitor to Sydney can resist a visit to Australia’s most famous playground, renowned for its sand, surf, snorkelling, cafe culture and laid-back seaside spirit.


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Whitehaven Beach

For those who yearn for Robinson Crusoe-style seclusion, next on the list is Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island near Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef, a 6.5-kilometre expanse of pure white sand sloping into the azure sea.

This is Australia’s most photographed beach; it can be reached on a day-trip from Airlie Beach on the mainland.

 A picture of heaven (Image: Getty)

Vivonne Bay

Close behind in your votes is Vivonne Bay on Kangaroo Island. Just off the coast near Adelaide in South Australia, it is long, curved and can only be described as stunningly beautiful.

Superb for picnics, beach combing, fishing, surfing and wildlife-spotting, as the island’s name suggests, kangaroos are abundant here, along with other popular marsupials, lizards and birds.

Wineglass Bay

Then there’s Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park on the east coast of Tasmania, voted by several travel authorities as one of the world’s 10 best beaches.

Unspoilt and sheltered by pink granite mountains, this beach is perfectly placed for bush walking, water sports and getting close to nature.

Take a scenic cruise and you may see dolphins and whales, then return for a banquet of Tasmanian cool-climate wines served with the freshest crayfish, abalone, scallops and oysters plucked straight from the clear east-coast waters.

 Classic Australian nature (Image: Getty)

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