With over 10,000 mainland beaches, Australia proudly waves the flag for sandy escapes and sea-based activities. Victoria’s south east coast is home to Ninety Mile Beach – one of the longest stretches of uninterrupted beach in the world. If you’re not content with simple bathing and relaxation, Australia’s beaches also provide a haven for wildlife, plus offer superb opportunities to fish, sail, surf, snorkel, kayak and dive. From the tropical waters in the north – boasting the amazing Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach, Heart Reef and stunning Whitsunday Islands (all perfect for sailing, diving and scenic tours) to the cooler coastal waters of the Southern Ocean, with dramatic, windswept beaches that are teeming with wildlife, there is a vast array to enjoy.
Whether you plan to simply visit the beach whilst staying in the harbour city of Sydney (you’ll be spoilt for choice with Bondi, Bronte, Coogee, Palm Beach and Manly beaches all easily accessible), or prefer to base your holiday around the popular eastern resorts of the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, there are plenty to choose from. In addition to pursuing the surf, visitors can enjoy spectacular coastal walks and hiking in Victoria, and whale-watching from the headland, or perhaps simply drive along the Pacific Coast Touring Route. South of Perth, in Western Australia, is perfect for combining some coastal driving with activities along the Margaret River, too – fishing, wine-tasting, visiting quaint villages, national parks and, of course, delighting in the fresh seafood, such as rock lobster. Whether you plan to honeymoon and laze on Airlie Beach, have some family fun on Catseye Beach, surf with friends at Surfer’s Paradise, or indulge with a private picnic on the remote shores of Lord Howe Island, there is a blissful beach, perfect for you.