A guide to Australia's most beautiful beaches

From buzzing urban strips to calm azure bays


Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays Islands
For the vast majority of Australians – even city-dwellers – spending time on the beach isn't a special treat, reserved for holidays. It's part of everyday life.

According to the most recent count, 82 per cent of Australians live within 50km of the ocean. Lucky them. There's sensational coastal scenery to be found in every state.

With over 35,000km of coastline to explore, everyone has their favourite spots. But in truth, it's hard to find a beach that's less than wonderful. Wherever you're heading, be sure to have your swimming togs handy. As long as the elements are on your side, you really can't go wrong.

Discover the best of Australia's stunning beaches in our gallery.

A guide to Australia's most beautiful beaches

A guide to Australia's most beautiful beaches

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