Top ten beaches in Australia

Top 10 beaches Down Under according to Tripadvisor

Whitehaven Beach named best in Australia by Tripadvisor

Australia is known for its laidback lifestyle, surf culture and vast expanses of open space.

The country, which measures 7.6 million km2, is only populated by 23 million people, leaving great swathes of land uninhabited.

One of the largest islands in the world, Australia is split into seven states, all of which border the country's iconic coastline.

See also: World's best beaches 2015

Along with Tripadvisor, we've put together a list of the top 10 beaches Down Under.

Whitehaven Beach on the Whitsunday Islands has been voted Australia's best beach for 2015. Interestingly, the sand on Whitehaven Beach doesn't retain heat, making it comfortable to walk on year-round.

If you're visiting Western Australia, where better to head than Turquoise Bay in Exmouth which sits on one of the most westerly points in the whole country? Alternatively head north but stay in the state and spend some time trekking across Cable Beach in Broome on the back of a dromedary on one of the area's famous camel safaris.

For those taking in the east coast, the golden sands of Manly Beach in Sydney and Surfer's Paradise in Queensland are sure to prove an instant hit. Beating Bondi to the top spot in Sydney, Manly was named after the masculine behaviour of the indigenous people who lived there.

So if that's not tempting enough, take a look at the slideshow below to find out more about the best beaches in Australia and let us know in the comments below which ones you'd like to visit!

Australia's best beaches 2015

Australia's best beaches 2015

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