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Australia, Lizard Island Resort beach
Lizard Island Resort is a hotel's beach in the Lizard Island of Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Although the beach is good, it's not the best one in the island. This part of the island is mainly attractive by its private luxury, - of course, for those who can pay for it. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (57 votes)

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Australia, Lucky Bay beach, kangaroo
Lucky Bay is a beach in Australia, where most of kangaroo coastal photos are made. In addition local sand is believed to be the whitest in the world. Though there is no tropical beauty of Queensland, this is certainly one of the best beaches in Australia. The area belongs to the Cape Le Grand National Park, which includes some other great beaches. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (142 votes)
Australia, Whitsunday, Whitehaven beach
Whitehaven is a beach on Whitsunday island. This is one of the best beaches in Australia. While the entire Whitsunday coast suffers from the low tide, in Whitehaven it leads to spectacular exposure of the sandy bottom, which looks so beautiful from the aerial view. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (910 votes)
Australia, Mission beach
Mission beach is a little known beach in Australia. In fact it is a real tropical paradise - with palms, sand, without strong waves and almost deserted. At low tide the water goes far away from the coast, but this problem is common for all of the Coral Sea. There are also a lot of interesting islands nearby. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (21 votes)
Australia, Cairns, Ellis beach
Ellis is the northernmost patrolled beach of Cairns in Australia. A look at the photos is enough to understand that it could not be better. There are only a few cheap hotels, thus giving romantic low key charm to this place located on a suberb tropical beach. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (36 votes)
Australia, Cairns, Palm Cove beach
Palm Cove is one of the best beaches of Cairns in Australia. You will find a postcard views with palm trees ashore, while there is a swimming net in the water. Remember that you should not swim outside the net, as local open water is full of dangerous creatures. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (35 votes)
Australia, Whitsunday Coast, Airlie beach
Airlie is a a popular beach town. For backpackers it's the main entry point to Whitehaven - the most famous beach in Australia. However, Airlie Beach is also a remarkable place. Artificial lagoon, worth a luxury hotel, attracts budget travelers from all over the world. As a result we've got something like Australian copy of Ibiza with youth hangouts and discos. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (22 votes)
Australia, Townsville, Strand beach
Strand is a central beach in Townsville, Australia. This is a perfect tropical beach with palms, green grass, sand and good entrance into the water without strong waves. There are few swimming nets, as well as the artificial Rock Pool. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (37 votes)
Australia, Exmouth - Turquoise Bay beach
Exmouth - Turquoise Bay is a beach at Exmouth district in the north of Australian Coral Coast. This is one of the best beaches in Australia, and it's almost unknown outside the country. White sand and clear water remind Maldives. Unfortunately, coastal vegetation is poor, and most of the dunes are closed for the tourists. Near the beach there is Cape Range National Park with stunning canyons. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (43 votes)
Australia, Port Douglas, Four Mile Beach
Four Mile Beach is a beach in Port Douglas to the north of Cairns, Australia. There are a lot of trees and palms, while the buildings begin only 50 meters off the coast. This resort area is beautiful in all respects, but you should understand that the sea water is often choppy, and it is safe to swim only inside a net, protecting you from crocodiles. However, this problem is common to most of beaches in Northern Australia. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (4 votes)
Whitsunday Coast, Hamilton, Catseye beach
Catseye is the most popular beach in Hamilton Island in Australia. Palms and white sand create a real tropical paradise. Unfortunately, the place is overcrowded, and it's impossible to swim at low tide, as the water goes away very far. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (9 votes)
Australia, Perth, Rottnest, Pinky Beach
Pinky Beach is the best beach in Rottnest island of Australia. The sand is white in reality. It can only be pink in the evening sun and in the photos of travel agencies. East end of the beach features Bathurst Lighthouse built in 1900. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (60 votes)
Australia, Townsville, Magnetic, Horseshoe Bay beach
Horseshoe Bay is the best beach in Magnetic Island of Australia. There are a lot of palms and plain trees, nice sand with good entry into the water, no waves, but there is a swimming net. Not surprisingly, this is the center of the beach life in the island with the highest amount of tourists. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (11 votes)
Australia, Cape York, Somerset beach
Cape York is the northernmost point of Australia continent. The beaches have all problems of northern Australia: strong tide, crocodiles and marine stingers. There is also problem of trash, bringing by ocean currents. However, clean up sessions are regular. The most popular are Chilli beach and Somerset beach. These are looks like a perfect tropical escape. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (48 votes)
Australia, Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise beach
Surfers Paradise is a central beach of Gold Coast. It's the Australian analogue of the Miami beach. Beautiful skyscrapers are clearly visible from a distance and impressing when you are nearby. The beach itself is good and is suitable both for surfing and swimming. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (105 votes)
Australia, Monkey Mia beach, dolphins
Monkey Mia is a beach in Western Australia. This is probably the best place in the world to observe the dolphins, that swim here every day to get fish from people. There are also a lot of emus and pelicans. Interesting hiking trails around the dunes give opportunity to understand the life of native aborigines. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (52 votes)
Australia, Sunshine Coast, Noosa Main Beach
Noosa Main Beach is one of the best beaches in the Sunshine Coast, Australia. The beach faces the open sea. However, it's protected from the east, giving good opportunuties both for swimming and surfing. A little to the west there is Noosa Spit protected from any construction. Noosa River estuary is good for fishing and swimming in calm water without waves. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (57 votes)
Australia, Tasmania, Binalong Bay beach
Binalong Bay is the best beach in Tasmania island of Australia. It's located in the south of Bay of Fires famous for its red rocks. The beach is beautiful with white sand and lots of trees along the coast. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (68 votes)
Australia, Mackay, Brampton Island, beach
Brampton is a private island to the north of Mackay town in Australia. Daily trips to the island are allowed on Sundays only. The rest of time nobody disturbs hotel's guests. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (26 votes)
Australia, Fraser, Eli Creek, beach
Eli Creek is a creek suitable for swimming in Fraser island. Moreover, it is the only place on the coast of 75 Mile Beach, where you can comfortably swim in fresh water. There is a pathway along all of the creek, as well as you can sunbathe on the beach in the estuary. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (23 votes)
Australia, Townsville, Magnetic, Alma Bay beach
Alma Bay is a small beach in the south of Magnetic island of Australia. Due to the good location in an enclosed bay, there are no strong waves. Though the bottom is exposed at low tide, you can walk a bit ahead and find comfortable water depth. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (17 votes)
Australia, Tasmania, Wineglass Bay beach
Wineglass Bay is the most famous beach in Tasmania island of Australia. The place is beautiful, with white sand and clear water. Some publishers even rate this beach as one of the best beaches in the world, but of course it's not like that. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (22 votes)
Australia, Fraser, Lake Wabby, beach
Wabby is a small lake near the east coast of Fraser Island in Australia. The high sand dune comes close to the water, thus creating a unique coastline. If slide down the dune on a board, you may get directly into the water (unfortunately, it is dangerous). This is one of the most unusual beaches in the world. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (4 votes)
Australia, Fraser, Lake McKenzie, beach
McKenzie is a lake on Fraser island in Australia. White sand, clear water and strange trees form the best beach of the island, but the most crowded as well. We recommend not to use sun cream, as it badly damage lake's ecosystem. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (132 votes)
Australia, Perth, Rottnest, Basin Lagoon beach
Basin Lagoon is the most popular beach in Rottnest Island of Australia. The seabed with its natural pools is not very comfortable for swimming, but it's the most unusual on the island. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (13 votes)
Australia, Perth, Cottesloe beach
Cottesloe is the most popular beach in Perth of Australia, notable for its white fine sand. Most of people stay near the typical house with columns. But there are also more secluded beach areas both to the north and to the south. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (18 votes)
Australia, Perth, Rottnest, Salmon Bay beach
Salmon Bay is a beach in the south of Rottnest Island in Australia. Both swimming in calm water and snorkeling are comfortable here. The extreme south-eastern end of the bay has a small beach called Little Salmon Bay, suitable for children. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (12 votes)
Australia, Gold Coast, Palm Beach
Palm Beach is a beach in the southern suburb of the Gold Coast in Australia. The open ocean shore is not very attractive. But at the edges of the beach there are cozy bays with calm water. These are Tallebudgera Creek in the north and Currumbin Creek in the south. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (7 votes)
Australia, Bowen, Horseshoe Bay beach
Bowen is a little-known beach town in the northern Whitsunday coast of Australia. There are eight different beaches with the Horseshoe Bay being the best one. All of the beaches are almost empty, unlike some more famous beaches of the coast. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (8 votes)
Townsville, Magnetic, Picnic Bay beach
Picnic Bay is the southernmost beach in Magnetic Island of Australia. This is one of the few places on the island with the swimming net in the water. There are a lot of trees and palms, while sea bottom has good entry into the water and doesn't suffer from the low tide. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (11 votes)
Australia, Broome, Cable beach
Cable beach is the most popular beach of Broome. Sometimes it's rated as the best beach in Australia, but in reality it's not like that. Many miles of white sand - it's great, but the coastal vegetation is extremely poor. Pre-sunset camel rides are very popular, and this feature is unique for Australia. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (7 votes)
Australia, Townsville, Magnetic, Radical Bay beach
Radical Bay is a beach on the north-east of Magnetic Island in Australia. Unlike most neighboring beaches there are many palm trees, thus increasing number of tourists. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (17 votes)
Australia, Melbourne, Brighton beach
Brighton is an iconic beach in Melbourne known for it's colorful boat houses, which are the notable city attraction. The beach itself is quite usual, but there are many excellent cafes and shops nearby. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (107 votes)
Australia, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba beach
Mooloolaba is a central beach of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. Due to its good location in the bay east-protected from the ocean, there are no strong waves. Most of the coastline has no high-rise buildings, so the landscape doesn't look like a typical city beach. There is also equipped marina nearby. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (55 votes)
Australia, Gold Coast, Main Beach
Main Beach is a beach in the north of Gold Coast in Australia. Fortunately, this beach is not "the main" in reality. Therefore, even residential area is fairly quiet. As for the north end of the beach (The Spit), it is totally undeveloped. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (18 votes)
Australia, Tasmania, Boat Harbour beach
Boat Harbour is an excellent beach in the northwest of Tasmania island in Australia. The beach itself is good with white sand, clear water and without waves, while the surrounding hills give a postcard scenery. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (6 votes)
Australia, Cairns, Cairns Lagoon beach
Cairns Lagoon is an artificial beach in the center of Cairns in Australia. In fact, this is the only place in town where you can swim, as all natural beaches are located in the northern suburbs of Cairns. As for the sea near the Lagoon, it's just a shallow dirty water. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (32 votes)
Australia, Broome, Eighty Mile Beach
Eighty Mile Beach is a beach in the north-west of Australia. It is similar to the wide known Cable Beach in Broome, but much longer and more secluded. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (13 votes)
Australia, Mackay, Keswick Island, beach
Keswick Island is an island to the north-east of Mackay town in Australia. There are good beaches, as well as trekking over the hills gives great views. Access to the island is free, but, theoretically, you may be asked to get away, if you don't have a hotel reservation. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (14 votes)
Australia, Darwin, Mindil beach
Mindil is a beach in Darwin, the only one suitable for swimming. There are a lot of trees with occasional palms. There is also a lifeguard tower, but without swimming net. In the evening, the crowd watches the sunset, and next move to the iconic night market, focused mainly on the food. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (36 votes)
Australia, Perth, City Beach
City Beach is a surfer beach in Perth of Australia. This is a comfortable urban beach without crowd and without skyscrapers, but with good amenities including lifeguards. The northern part of the beach has its own name - Floreat Beach. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (18 votes)
Australia, Sunshine Coast, Coolum beach
Coolum is a low-key beach in the northern Sunshine Coast of Australia. Wild shore stretches for many miles, while the open ocean is good for surfing, but not so good for swimming. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (8 votes)
Australia, Tasmania, Spring Beach
Spring Beach is located on the island of Tasmania in Australia. In fact, these are two secluded beaches. The sand is white with a comfortable entry into the water, while there is only grass ashore. The beaches are very cozy and good both for hiking, as well as for swimming. / read more » /
Rating: 7.6 (6 votes)
Australia, Broome, Town Beach
Town Beach is a city beach of Broome in Australia. Not to be confused with the legendary Cable Beach located in another part of town. However, Town Beach is also very good. There are palms, trees, nice sand and lawn grass. During the high tide you may also observe unique phenomenon of red water in the area of mangroves. / read more » /
Rating: 7.6 (14 votes)
Australia, Coral Coast, Cervantes beach
Cervantes is the southernmost beach of the Coral Coast in Australia. This is not the best beach in the West Australia, but it's relatively close to Perth. In addition Cervantes is an entry point to the Nambung National Park with it's notable sharp cliffs (The Pinnacles). / read more » /
Rating: 7.6 (36 votes)
Australia, Sydney, Palm Beach
Palm Beach is a beach in the northern suburb of Sydney in Australia. It quite looks like a piece of wildlife with clean water, beautiful scenery and walking hill trails. Unfortunately, there are no palm trees at all. / read more » /
Rating: 7.6 (26 votes)
Australia, Gold Coast, Burleigh Heads beach
Burleigh is a beach in the south of Gold Coast resort area, Australia. It includes Burleigh Heads in the south and Miami in the north. There are always strong waves, so the beach is more suitable for surfing than for swimming. / read more » /
Rating: 7.6 (33 votes)
Australia, Sydney, Bondi beach
Bondi is the most popular beach in Sydney, Australia. In general it is a good place, but the crowd at the weekends may be disappointing. There are often strong waves attracting all kinds of surfers. / read more » /
Rating: 7.6 (177 votes)
Australia, Cairns, Holloways beach
Holloways is a natural beach nearest to Cairns. As elsewhere the in northern Australia, local beauty is rather hostile. As for the shore it's beautiful with lush tropical vegetation and sandy beach. But in the water it is possible to meet huge crocodiles and other dangerous creatures. So it is safe only inside the swimming net. / read more » /
Rating: 7.6 (17 votes)
Australia, Cairns, Kewarra beach
Kewarra is a beautiful beach not far from Cairns in Australia. Unfortunately, there is no swimming net, so crocodiles are waiting for you in the ocean. The beach is popular for wedding ceremonies due to the canonical landscapes with palm trees in some areas of the coast. / read more » /
Rating: 7.6 (8 votes)
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[2017-10-17] ssooh

(Please understand my English level is low.)

This site is very nice !

I want to information of Twilight Beach(Esperance, Western Australia)


[2017-07-26] Alek

Byron bay to the south of Gold Coast is also good. It has a good beach in the bay with calm water.


[2017-02-04] Kathie

Spring Beach Tasmania is missed off your list


[2015-05-07] Jamie

Feel free to swim everywhere where you see safeguards. Choose wild beaches on your own risk. One man is killed by sharks per year in Australia...


[2015-05-07] David

Sharks in Australia. Please recommend safe places to swim in Northern Australia and in Eastern Australia.


[2015-03-12] andy

There's no need to take tour to Featherdale Wildlife. You may get there by train. Animals are everywhere there without any tours.


[2015-03-12] unma

Where to buy in Sydney tour to Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife?


[2015-03-12] Seva

Most attractions are now closed in Currumbin. I don't recommend to visit it now.


[2015-03-12] george

Is there public transportation from Surfers Paradise to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary?

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