7. Bay of Fires, Tasmania
There’s got to be something exciting about a beach squeezed between a national park and an often angry white-capped Southern Ocean. You can walk for kilometres at Bay of Fires on Tasmania’s remote northeastern corner and not see another soul. These granite white beaches are fringed by dunes where Aboriginal middens (discarded shells) can still be found, giving an insight into Australian history.
Dolphins and whales can be seen from the beach and in summer the clear waters are warm and inviting for swimming. Fringed by national park, you can wander through peppermint forests home to echidnas, wombats, kangaroos and Tasmanian devils. Or kayak down the lonely Ansons River as eagles circle above. There’s a sense of isolation here that’s hard to match anywhere in Australia; it might be unsettling on your own, but together there’s comfort to be sought in this temporary escape from the real world. In 2009 Lonely Planet actually rated the Bay of Fires as the best destination on Earth to visit – we agree, but say you've got to visit this pristine paradise with the one you love and create the ultimate romantic memories.