(Last Updated On: July 14, 2021)

Australia is an island nation with so many amazing beaches to visit, so compiling a list of the best beaches in Australia is a daunting task. Luckily, I’ve been able to assemble a bunch of travel bloggers with a heap of great suggestions for unforgettable beach visits in every state and territory of the country. 

Adventure Bay

Bruny Island, Tasmania

Adventure Bay is a large eastern white sand beach on South Bruny Island Tasmania. Adventure Bay beach is located adjacent to one of the main townships of Bruny Island. It is approximately 35 minutes drive from the ferry terminal at Bruny Island.

Adventure Bay is home to the start of a number of the island’s main walks. You will find a few shops and accommodation options at Adventure bay The Adventure Bay Beach is a popular spot for swimming, fishing and enjoying the waters of Bruny Island. The Adventure Bay beach is sheltered from the weather making it a safe place to swim on the island.

You will find picnic tables and car parks at Adventure Bay. It is only a few meters from the car park onto the pristine white sands of one of Australias most picturesque beaches. It is a little over an hour to get to Bruny island from Hobart making it an great trip to visit while in Tasmania

Contributed by Mark from Wyld Family Travel​

Agnes Water & 1770

Gladstone Region, Queensland

Agnes Water & 1770 in Central Queensland are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. Although it’s a bit of a mission to get to, it’s a 5.5hr journey North of Brisbane to get there. You can fly to the nearest regional cities of Bundaberg or Gladstone, but both are located 1.5hr drive away from Agnes Water & 1770. What makes these adjoining towns so special is that it’s the first place Captain Cook landed in Queensland in, you guessed it, 1770.

Whilst there’s plenty of things to do in Agnes Water, it’s also the most northern place on the East Coast Australia where you can surf. The friendly calm waves are fantastic for beginner surfers, making it a popular holiday spot. Many van trippers stop off in Agnes Water & 1770 because it’s a really untouched place. With plenty of deserted beaches to choose from, opt for Main Beach for surfing, Springs Beach for complete serenity and the beaches in 1770 for kayaking and of course to watch a famous 1770 sunset over the water. That being said, 1770 is one of the only places on East Coast Australia where you can watch the sunset over the water. It’s paradise at its best.

Contributed by Annie from Londoner in Sydney

Bells Beach

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Bells Beach, close to the seaside town of Torquay and at the start of the Great Ocean Road on Victoria’s southern coast, is one of the most famous beaches in Australia. It’s the undisputed home of Australian Surfing, it’s big waves and epic swell have featured in movie, Point Break (and its remake!), and it is where the Australian Stage of Rip Curl Pro is held each year.

To get here, it’s an approximately 90-minute drive from Melbourne and basing yourself in Torquay for a couple of days will let you enjoy everything the Surf Coast has to offer. From watching surfers at Bells Beach – or maybe if you are brave (and not bothered about the cold!) giving it a go yourself, to driving down the Great Ocean Road to go chasing waterfalls in the Otway Ranges, or Koala spotting at Kennett River.

It’s a beautiful part of Australia and Bells Beach is one that is well worth adding to your ‘beaches to visit’ list. 

Contributed by Vicki from Great Ocean Road Guide

Bondi Beach

Sydney, NSW

Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s most famous beaches. It can easily accommodate the tens of thousands of visitors it gets during peak season, thanks to it being a solid 1 kilometer stretch of sand that extends back at least 100 meters from the shoreline. There’s plenty of beach for everyone!

It’s also home to Bondi Icebergs, which is said to be “the most photographed pool in the world.” You can pay $9 to take a dip in the pool or dine at its restaurant and enjoy the views! Another cool option is to stay at one of the incredible Airbnbs in Sydney that offer sweeping views of Bondi Beach and even Bondi Icebergs.

Another fun thing to do at Bondi Beach is to take surf lessons. They have some wonderful classes for beginner surfers and pros alike.

You also don’t have to just hang out on the beach or surf when you visit Bondi, you could do the Bondi to Coogee walk to take in views of the ocean and check out a few other beaches along the way.

To get to Bondi Beach from the Sydney CBD, take the 333 bus from whichever stop is closest to you and you can ride it directly to Bondi. (It’s about a 40-45-minute ride.) You can also take a train to Bondi Junction (if you’re in the CBD the train stations closest to you will either be Martin Place or Town Hall) and then take a bus to the beach (just follow the sign for “bus” when you exit the train at Bondi Junction).

Contributed by Lindsey Puls of Have Clothes, Will Travel

Byron Bay

Northern New South Wales

Australia’s mainland easternmost town, Byron Bay is a mandatory stop for anyone travelling the East Coast of Australia. This laid-back beach town attracts surfers, yogis and those interested in a more alternative lifestyle because of its many stunning beaches, reliable surf breaks and boho vibe. 

Main Beach, as you might have already guessed, is the most popular beach in Byron Bay and a short stroll from the town. With the iconic Cape Byron lighthouse overlooking its white sand and turquoise waters, the Main Beach is great for surfing and other water sports, sea life spotting or a refreshing dip in the ocean on a hot Australian summer day.

Though hostels are quite a popular type of accommodation in town, there’s plenty of decent budget hotels or luxury boutique villas for you to choose from. The nearest airports are Ballina, a small regional airport just a 30-minute drive away, or Brisbane and the Gold Coast airports, both within a 2-hour drive from Byron Bay.

Contributed by Milene and Paul from Surf and Unwind

Camp Cove

Sydney, New South Wales

What better way to reward a coastal hike than with a session at one of New South Wales’ most beautiful beaches? The Rose Bay to Watson’s Bay walk in Sydney journeys along the coast and stops just before Camp Cove. This crescent of golden sand can be found on the harbour side of South Head, the view of Sydney’s skyline visible in the distance. 

There are several things to do when visiting Camp Cove including kayaking, swimming and snorkelling. The gentle ways protected by the harbour mean it’s ideal for kids to swim – there are almost no waves. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even scuba dive nearby the beach. You can also marvel at the millionaire homes and beach houses nearby Camp Cove. Luckily you can enjoy a free day out while marvelling at how the other half live!

If you don’t fancy the coastal hike, you can arrive to Camp Cove by ferry. Arrive at Watsons Bay ferry wharf which costs just $7.50. Camp Cove is just a short walk away and wheelchair friendly. Otherwise spend a half-day on the gentle hike from Rose Bay, past Shark Beach and Parsley Bay, finishing at lovely Camp Cove. 

Contributed by Rose from Where Goes Rose

Clontarf Beach

Sydney, New South Wales

While Australia has many beautiful beaches, unfortunately the majority of them are ocean facing and aren’t that gentle for either beginner swimmers or children. If you’re after a calmer beach around Sydney, luckily there are also some excellent harbour beaches to choose from.

One of the best harbour beaches in Sydney is Clontarf Beach. Located just to the east of the Spit Bridge, not far Manly, it has calm waters, including a netted swimming enclosure. With its playground, cafe and ice-cream kiosk, it’s a popular destination for families with children.

Clontarf is also home to one of the few dog-friendly beaches in Sydney. While dogs aren’t allowed on the sand in the main beach area, walk past the marina to Sandy Bay. Dogs are free to run around off-leash on the large expanse of sand exposed at low tide and swim in the shallow waters.

Parking at Clontarf Reserve is expensive, although there are a few un-ticketed spots available near the dog beach, or you can drive a short distance away for free parking. Clontarf is also located along the popular Spit Bridge to Manly Walk, with the main reserve a 1.5km walk from the bus stop at Spit Bridge. For accommodation, check out nearby Manly, or the many options available in the Sydney CBD.

Contributed by Shandos from Travelnuity

 

A daschaund dog at the beach

Coffin Bay

Coffin Bay National Park, South Australia

Coffin Bay National Park in South Australia is famous for its Oysters, glorious white sand beaches and visits from the local wildlife – But it’s probably not the animal you are thinking of! While everybody has seen beautiful images of Kangaroos on the beaches in WA, Coffin Bay is one of the only spots in the country where it’s common to see Emus frolicking in the water!

To reach a couple of the beaches in the national park you will need a 4WD, but most can be accessed from bitumen roads – including the iconic Almonta Beach. And once you’re beached out there are plenty of walking trails to discover, not to mention some amazing lookouts.

It is possible to camp in the National Park and spend a couple of days exploring the bays and beaches throughout the peninsula, but for those who are not a fan of tenting, Port Lincoln is just a short 30-40 minute drive away. Mobile signal is limited in the park, so be sure to book your vehicle entry or camp spot before getting to the gates!

Contributed by Vicki from BigAustraliaBucketList.com

Diamond Bay

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

I adored the gorgeous beaches in Sorrento, one of the many idyllic spots along the Mornington Peninsula. The area is a scenic coastal drive from Melbourne making Sorrento a great day trip for nearby city-dwellers. Diamond Bay is a serene sandy cove, perfect for sunbathing, and the main beach here – Sorrento front beach – is great for relaxing and swimming. The soft white sand that stretches along the bay is irresistible. 

From Diamond Bay, you can soak up the coastal views while enjoying the boardwalk to the Bay of Islands viewpoint, before returning to the beach or exploring more of the bush along Coppin’s track. The historical limestone houses, some of which are now accommodations, and charming Sorrento pier give the main beach a unique European vibe that you won’t often find elsewhere in Australia. There are many cute cafes, a variety of scenic lookouts, and coastal walks which together transform Sorrento into a memorable day out, with plenty to do should you tire from relaxing on the stunning front beach. 

Contributed by Cassie from Cassie the Hag

East Beach

Port Fairy, Victoria

The long, beautiful stretch of beach at Port Fairy is a must visit when you venture to the South West Victorian coast. The East Beach is a great spot for a summer swim or in the winter months, perfect for a long walk. Dogs are welcome on the beach all year round but are restricted to early mornings and evenings in peak season.

The Surf Life Saving Club features patrolled flags and also an on-site cafe where you can grab a bite to eat or an ice cream. The East Beach is perfect for beginners to learn to surf and on the days when the surf is flat, you will find stand up paddle boards in the water. It is a fantastic beach for younger kids to paddle in the shallow water and make sure to pack a bucket and spade to build sandcastles.

There are a great range of holiday homes overlooking the East Beach on Airbnb, there is something to suit every budget. Easily accessible by car or a short walk from central Port Fairy, the East Beach is a great beach for all to enjoy.

Contributed by Kate from Travel Around Bendigo

Greens Pool

William Bay National Park, Western Australia

If you use Instagram as a measure of popularity, Green’s Pool in William Bay National Park Western Australia surely must be considered one of Australia’s best beaches.  This is no surprise to me, it has been one of my favourite beaches since I was a small child.

I see Greens Pool on Instagram all the time – especially for amazing drone photography.  What makes this beach one of the best beaches in Australia is that it has pure white sands, turquoise azure waters and all this protected by a group of interestingly shaped granite rocks.  These granite rocks are not only very picturesque but they create the pool like swimming conditions!

Also of note in William Bay National Park are the stunning Elephant Rocks and Madfish Bay.  The area is located 15 km from Denmark Western Australia, a short 10 minute drive, and the only way to get there is to drive.  It is an easy drive on a sealed road, and after a recent revamp, there are much better facilities than before!  If you don’t have wheels, then there are organised tours or hop on –hop off buses.

The nearest town is the idyllic Denmark Western Australia which warrants a few days stay. No entry fees apply to William Bay National Park.

Contributed by Ariana from A World of Travels with Kids

A child plays on the beach

Hyams Beach

Jervis Bay, Australian Capital Territory

When researching Hyams Beach, you’ll probably hear that it’s the beach with the “whitest sand in the world”. It’s not true, but you can see why that rumour started and it is one of the best beaches in Australia. The sand is as white as you need it to be (any whiter and it might hurt your eyes) and the water is clear and great for swimming. It’s also a very long beach, meaning if you stray a short walk from the carpark you’ll easily find a spot to yourself.

There are a few places to stay close to the beach, but there isn’t much in the way of cafes and restaurants, so I’d recommend staying in Huskisson (or another nearby town) and doing day trips to the beach. If you want to stretch your legs a bit you can do the White Sands Walk, which takes you from Hyams Beach along the coast, stopping off at beaches which are equally as stunning. Hyams Beach is a short drive from Huskisson (which is around three hours from Sydney) and is free to visit – you might struggle to find a park in the peak summer months though.

There are also heaps of other beaches in Jervis Bay – check out Booderee National Park if you prefer your beaches with zero development.

Contributed by Jon from Jon Is Travelling

Lucky Bay

Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia

Western Australia is home to some of our favorite beaches in the world and Lucky Bay in Esperance is the absolute cream of the crop. It officially has the whitest sand of any beach in Australia which in turn means it also has crazy blue water.

As well as the jaw dropping scenery, Lucky Bay is also famous for the kangaroos that spend their days hopping up and down the beach and lying in the sand baking in the sun. The kangaroos here are so used to people being around that they will hop right over to get a closer look at you. It’s awesome to be able to get so close to these animals and there are few better places to see them in their natural habitat.

Lucky Bay is located in Cape Le Grand National Park, which is less than an hour’s drive from the town of Esperance. We recommend exploring the whole southwest area though and suggest taking a couple of weeks to road trip from Perth to Esperance. As it is a national park there is a $12 per vehicle entry fee.

There is also a campsite right next to the beach so you can wake up to the stunning views of one of the best beaches in Australia, Lucky Bay. This campsite tends to get booked out months in advance, especially in the summer so if you want to stay here, and you absolutely should stay here, then you will need to book in advance.

We are totally in love with Lucky Bay and can’t convey just how great it is through words so you’ll just have to go and visit it yourself.

Contributed by Luke from The Coastal Campaign

 

A kangaroo on the beach at Lucky Bay

Mindil Beach

Darwin, Northern Territory

Located right in Darwin is the stunning Mindil Beach which is famous for incredible sunsets and fine white sand. Every night, the sky glows as it sets over the ocean.  

But on Sundays and Thursdays between the months of May and October, Mindil Beach is about more than white sand and sunsets, it’s Mindil Market nights! You can shop local vendors including a huge selection of food trucks before heading to the beach to watch the sunset. You can even BYO drink since alcohol is allowed on Mindil Beach!

Hundreds of tourists and locals visit the Mindil Markets, and it is definitely one of the best things to do in Darwin.  

Mindil Beach is also just a beautiful place to go for a walk and enjoy the sunset. While swimming isn’t necessarily recommended here due to crocodiles and jellyfish (although some crazy locals say it is just fine) you can still go for a dip in the Mindil Beach Resort pool that is right on the beach. As one of the best places to stay in Darwin, the Mindil Beach  Resort is luxurious with the best location at one of the best beaches in Australia. 

Contributed by Bailey from Destinationless Travel

Sunset at Mindil Beach

Mooloolaba Beach

Sunshine Coast, Queensland

One of the things that make Mooloolaba beach special is it faces to the north and is sheltered by Point Cartwright. The curving beach is home to the Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club, which has been operating since 1923). It’s one of the safest Sunshine Coast beaches and a perfect beach for families for swimming between the flags and sunbaking.

There are extensive play areas with swings and slides for younger kids as well as plenty of barbeque facilities and picnic tables. The surf club has an excellent modern Australian bistro with fantastic views of the ocean.

Another reason to love this beach is there are many things to do nearby. The beach is straight across the road from The Esplanade, which is a popular shopping and dining strip with a choice of alfresco cafes, restaurants, bars and shops.

Mooloolaba is also home to the famous ‘loo with a view’, which is a public toilet that has one of the best views in Australia. The refurbished Wharf precinct is a short walk from the beach, home to Sea Life aquarium, is fast becoming a popular dining hotspot for the locals on the Sunshine Coast. Further along, are the fisheries where you can buy fresh seafood such as Mooloolaba prawns and lobsters straight off the trawlers.

Contributed by Christina from Travel 2 Next

Ninety Mile Beach

Gippsland, Victoria

If pristine, magnificent, untouched beaches are your thing then the 90-mile beach in Gippsland is the perfect beach for you.

There are so many towns dotted along this amazing stretch of coastline that you will have an abundance of choice as to where you stay. If you like surf or calm waters there is a spot for you, spending time of the 90-mile beach is one of the best free things to do in Gippsland. From AirBnb’s to free camping the options are limitless, it all depends on what you want.
Having a car and driving from Melbourne is the best way to experience the 90-mile beach and all it has to offer. The surrounding areas are full of amazing places to explore and many towns have amazing places to eat, some have street art and some have craft breweries or wineries that rival many big names.

Many people flock to either Seaspray or Lakes Entrance in the summer months. Not only are there so many accommodation options in these places it is also where some of the manned sections of the beach are. Some stretches of the 90-mile beach can be dangerous and it is always a brilliant idea to make sure you know the stretch of beach you are staying or swimming at. swimming at a patrolled beach is always the best option.

If you prefer fishing you can also do this along the 90-mile beach (as long as you have a Victorian fishing license, which you can get from the website or from many of the fishing stores in towns) At all times of the day, you will see people casting a line out as far as they can to try their luck. You’ll find people enjoying a walk or a sunbake as well. Everyone finds something to love about this amazing stretch of sand – one of the best beaches in Australia. 

Contributed by Bec from Travels in Gippsland

Port Noarlunga

Onkaparinga, South Australia

Port Noarlunga beach is 40 minutes south of Adelaide. It is an easy drive there along the Southern expressway. The Adelaide coastline has over 20 beaches but Port Noarlunga stands out for the range of things you can do there.

The highlight is the reef that sits close to shore. It is a fantastic spot to snorkel with all sorts of fish and marine critters to spot. The sheltered inner reef is ideal for beginners and the outer reef is great for adventurous snorkelers or divers. A jetty takes you out to the reef so it is very accessible.

The sand is clean and white and the reef makes the water a safe place to swim. As you relax on the beach, there are people getting around in scuba gear, launching kayaks and heading up the beach with their fishing gear. All the activity gives the place a great vibe.

There is a spectacular yellow sandstone headland at the southern end of the beach.  Also at that end of the beach you’ll find the mouth of the Onkaparinga River. This end of the beach is great for fishing, kayaking and surfing making it one of the best beaches in Australia. 

The Christies Beach Caravan Park is five minutes away or there are holiday houses and apartments in Port Noarlunga. The beach is free to visit. Your only cost might be some hot chips from the kiosk. It’s worth staying for the day; the beach faces west so you get some great sunsets.

Contributed by Natalie from Curious Campers

Sunshine Beach

Noosa, Queensland

In the town of Noosa on the hugely popular Sunshine Coast of Southern Queensland, you’ll find Sunshine Beach. This golden sandy beach, which is part of a 15km stretch of beach, is perfect for surfers, and they flock from across the country to surf here! One of the most fun things to do at Sunshine Beach is to sit back with a coffee or a beer and watch these hugely talented surfers show off their skills. If you fancy joining in or taking a dip, you can safely do so – lifeguards patrol the beach every day.

The beach is open to the public and totally free to enter. What’s more, it’s also the end point of the 5.4km Noosa National Park coastal walk, which is the most scenic way to get to the beach from Noosa’s town centre. If you don’t fancy the walk, the 620 and 627 buses both stop at Sunshine Beach from Noosa town, which takes around 10 minutes. If you didn’t take the coastal walk to the beach, don’t miss heading up the Sunshine Beach stairs at the north end of the beach for unforgettable cliff top views over the Noosa National Park Headland.

If you want to spend longer hanging out at Sunshine Beach, there are a number of cafes and restaurants nearby. Stop by Sum Yung Guys for some of the most epic Asian food you’ll ever eat then head to FOMO for some refreshing beer.

Contributed by Ella from Many More Maps

Tangalooma Wrecks

Moreton Island, Queensland

The Tangalooma wrecks is a must-do for those visiting the Gold Coast or Brisbane area. The manmade reef is a collection of old barges that have been placed offshore to create a semi-submerged barrier. It is a great place for snorkelling with an abundance of marine life. The complexity of the ships makes it interesting as you can swim between and under sections of the wreckage. 

There is no charge to visit the wrecks (if you can arrive by your own boat). However, there is a ferry that runs from the South side of Brisbane for $28 each way. You can stay on the island either in the campsite (BYO camp gear) or in the Tangalooma resort. Alternatively, there are some great Brisbane Airbnb’s a short ferry and drive away. 

The best time to snorkel is on the high tide or low tide, so be sure to check the tide table. This is because between tides there can be a strong current flowing which makes it difficult to get out there and back. Be careful when swimming close to the wrecks as there are sections of rusty metal that you can bump up against.

Contributed by Aaron and Vivien from The Dharma Trails

A shipwreck floating off the coast

Turquoise Bay

Cape Range National Park, Western Australia

A little slice of paradise within Western Australia’s spectacular Cape Range National Park is Turquoise Bay. This beach is as stunning as it sounds with long stretches of soft white sand and crystal clear turquoise water. Turquoise Bay is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia and it’s a special place that deserves a spot on your Australia bucket list!

Besides floating in the inviting water, one of the most popular things to do at Turquoise Bay is snorkeling on the coral reef which is only metres from the shore. The reef is thriving with marine life where you will get up close with turtles, colourful fish, small reef sharks and beautiful corals.  

Due to the current, you will have to be a confident swimmer to snorkel there. It’s considered a drift snorkeling area which means you can jump in the water at one end of the beach and let the current carry you over to the other side.

Turquoise Bay is located near the town of Exmouth which is a 13 hour drive from Perth. To get there, you could either fly into Exmouth or include it as a stop on your road trip from Perth to Exmouth. There are a number of campsites close to the beach otherwise you can choose to stay in a hotel in Exmouth.

Contributed by Ann from The Road Is Life

Vivonne Bay

Kangaroo Island, South Australia

It’s hard to beat the sheer beauty and purity of Australian beaches. In South Australia, Kangaroo Island is a haven for wildlife and nature lovers alike. As one of the largest islands in Australia, it is home to some stunning beaches, the most famous being Vivonne Bay. On the south side of the island, an hour’s drive from the arrival port of Penneshaw, Vivonne Bay beach is an undisturbed stretch of sand, easily recognisable thanks to its jetty.

Vivonne Bay is one of the best beaches in Australia. It’s a perfect beach for swimming, sunbathing, fishing and… long walks on the beach! The combination of white sand and crystal blue waters is a photographer’s dream and you are likely to be on your own to enjoy the magic. Thanks to these stunning conditions, Vivonne Bay has been named “best beach in Australia” in the past. 

The drive from Penneshaw to Vivonne Bay takes an hour and it’s likely to be part of a day trip to Flinders Chase National Park. Seal Bay, where you can visit a sea lion colony, is not too far away. So there are plenty of things to do in the area. The Vivonne Bay General Store is worth a visit too: only in remote Australia can you find a store that combines a petrol station, a tackle shop, a bottle shop, a café and a grocery store… The shark burger is delicious!

For accommodation, there is a camping ground nearby. If you are not a camper, most of the accommodation is located in the east of the island, around American River and Kingscote. Remember that Kangaroo Island is best visited by car. A lot of roads are unsealed but easy to drive so a road trip is a perfect adventure!

Contributed by Delphine from Lester Lost

Whitehaven Beach

The Whitsundays, Queensland

Whitehaven Beach is, without the shadow of a doubt, the most famous beach in Australia (if not in the entire world!). It’s located in the heart of the Whitsunday Islands, in Queensland.

This archipelago of 74 islands lies between the coastal town of Airlie Beach and the world’s famous Great Barrier Reef. You can easily get to Whitehaven by boat from Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island. Unfortunately, there is no ferry going to Whitsunday Island however, there are a plethora of tour companies offering day cruises.

As you get to the island, head to Hill Inlet Lookout first. It’s only a short walk in the bush to get there. The views from the lookout are absolutely stunning. It looks like a painting! Once you are done, make your way down to experience one of the best beaches in Australia. The sand is made of 98% of silica which means it’s very white and soft.

Although you can swim there, it’s recommended to wear a wetsuit.

In terms of accommodation, the only place where you can stay on this specific island is one of the National Park campgrounds. For more standard accommodation, opt for a hotel in Airlie Beach or one of the wonderful resorts on Hamilton Island such as the Beach Club or the Reef View.

Contributed by Pauline from BeeLoved City

Wineglass Bay

Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay is located on the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s East Coast and is one of the most photographed destinations on this small island State for good reason. The shot from the lookout overlooking Wineglass Bay provides the most picture-perfect shot on a sunny day with the arcing bay backdropped by the Hazards mountain range. To really enjoy the views of Wineglass Bay at its most peaceful it is highly recommended to head off as early as possible to avoid the crowds and enjoy the quiet stillness of the early morning.

Getting to Wineglass Bay beach is half the adventure with the most popular option to take the hike from Coles Bay side of the National Park up to the spectacular Wineglass Bay lookout before descending through the dense bushland to reach the white sandy shores of the beach itself.

Alternately you can take a cruise from Coles Bay to explore the whole of Freycinet National Park or for the most adventurous option, a scenic flight to really spoil yourself.

The return walk up to Wineglass Bay lookout and back is only 2.6km of moderate to steep climbing but is a well-maintained trail and easily managed by most people. If you are up for a more challenging 11.6km hike then include the climb down to Wineglass Bay beach and around via the Hazards Track to return to the campground carpark. This is a fantastic day hike option.

Wineglass Bay beach is one of the best beaches in Australia, with a lovely stretch of white sand and turquoise waters and is the perfect spot for a cooling swim after your hike over the mountain.  In the summertime make sure you bring insect repellent as the mosquitos are extremely persistent in the warmer months, as well as plenty of water and snacks as there are no facilities on this route.

Contributed by Karen from Big Adventures for Little Feet

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10 Comments

  1. sam

    Wow so many great spots here! The beaches in Western Australia look sooooo good!! 😀

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    • Emma Jane Explores

      Yeah I definitely have more WA travel on my radar as soon as we’re able to get over there. It looks incredible!!

      Reply
  2. Shannon Murray

    Awesome list! I would absolutely freak out (with joy!) at seeing a kangaroo on the beach!

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    • Emma Jane Explores

      Looks amazing, doesn’t it! Definitely one for the bucket list 🙂

      Reply
  3. Taylor

    Wow! All of these Australian beaches look so beautiful. It is my dream to visit the Whitsundays. It looks so stunning. Great list! 🙂

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    • Emma Jane Explores

      The Whitsundays are utterly perfect! Hope you are able to travel there in the future to experience them for yourself! 🙂

      Reply
  4. Julia Williams

    I still dream of Whitehaven Beach – it’s so perfect! Can’t wait to check out some of the others!

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    • Emma Jane Explores

      Oh me too – it is so incredibly gorgeous and just feels so untouched!

      Reply
  5. Susan

    This makes me want to go back to Australia so badly! I lived in Coogee Beach in Sydney for 6 months years ago and absolutely loved it. So many beautiful places to explore. Thanks for sharing some beachy inspiration!

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    • Emma Jane Explores

      You are so welcome. 🙂 Coogee is such a beautiful part of Sydney. Hopefully this inspires you to come back and explore a little more!

      Reply

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