Australia is renowned for having some of the best beaches in the world and the carefree culture to match. Travellers flock from all over the globe to experience Australia's golden sands and azure waters. As the world's largest island, we're literally surrounded by fabulous options for soaking up the sun and enjoying the salty kiss of sea spray on our skin. Here are five of Australia's best beaches, epitomising those quintessential qualities of a good Aussie beach we all love so much.
1. Cable Beach, Broome, WA
Broome makes for an absolutely fantastic beach getaway with its interesting history and laid-back vibes. One thing that sets Cable Beach apart is the opportunity to ride a camel along the sand. Another is the opportunity to witness the natural phenomenon the Staircase to the Moon which couples can see from March to October. The Staircase to the Moon is an optical illusion of the moonlight on the water, giving the impression of a staircase into the sky.
2. Whitehaven Beach, QLD
Awarded the South Pacific's Best Beach by the 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards, the white sand of Whitehaven Beach and the crystal turquoise waters are the reason why travellers and locals alike love it so much. Whitehaven Beach, at seven kilometres long, is the largest beach in the stunning Whitsunday Islands – an incredible part of the world for a romantic getaway.
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3. Wineglass Bay, TAS
Surrounded by verdant mountains and rocky cliffs, Wineglass Bay is a beach getaway combined with a raw, natural landscape waiting to be discovered. Here couples can enjoy a range of activities geared around the incredible natural surrounds like kayaking, adventure walks, cruises and scenic flights; not to mention the food and wine tasting opportunities that Tasmania is heralded for.
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4. Bells Beach, VIC
Bells Beach is one of Australia's most famous beaches for surfing. Since the 60s surfers have flocked here to compete in the Rip Curl Pro. Unlike the other beaches that have made the list, there isn't a huge amount of sand to accommodate hundreds of tourists as it's mosty comprised of glorious cliff-faces. Couples will however love the incredible views from the top of the cliffs – a great place to watch some of the worlds best surfers in action.
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5. Bondi Beach, Sydney
Bondi Beach is perhaps Australia's most iconic beach, featured on more television shows and postcards than any other beach in Australia. With tens of thousands of visitors stopping by each year, this one-kilometre long beach is perfect for a jog along the boardwalk or for soaking up some sun. There are also pools for swimming in and a rock platform on one end of the beach, perfect for watching the waves crash and discovering critters in the rockpools.
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