- Discover Beaches
New South Wales has some of the best beaches in the country. There's Bondi of course, also Tamarama, Watsons Bay and Manly, which is a short ferry ride from Circular Quay. Head up north to Palm Beach, home to the rich and famous, and Home and Away of course. It's also one of the beast beaches in Australia. Get the bus from Town Hall in the city. Check out Byron Bay for a host of beautiful beaches. Newcastle beach is 2 hours from Sydney on the train and is quite nice. There's Cronulla beach to the south of Sydney, a great place to escape the city. It's roughly 45 mins to 1 hour on a train. Cronulla beach is great for swimming and surfing. Some of the best beaches are down further south such as North Beach in wollongong, this is the busiest beach in Wollongong but for good reason, beautiful scenery, great surfing, swimming and snorkelling. (1.5 hours from Sydney on train) Also head south to Pebbly beach and Jervis Bay.
Whitehaven beach is located on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsunday group. People say this is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. You will probably agree when you see it, white sands, palm trees, clear blue water, paradise!!!
Also check out Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island, any beach on Lizard Island, Lady Musgrave Island, Tangalooma beach on Moreton Island. Four mile beach in Port Douglas is another good one. Skydive over Mission beach for a first class view of the area.
Cable Beach, Broome is the place for beach sunsets, with camels no less.
Coral Bay is where the mighty Ningaloo reef is most accessible and is a beautiful cove. Ningaloo reef itself is generally regarded as better than the Great Barrier Reef, and is undoubtedly the greatest place on earth to snorkel with the whale shark, the world’s biggest fish.
Wineglass bay is a fantastic beach, white sands and turquoise waters, all backed by green bush, and best of all it's a tough hour long walk through bush to get there meaning you will have it almost to yourself. If remote beaches appeal to you check out the Neck on Bruny Island, south of Tasmania, beautiful.
Bells Beach, famous for the final scene in the movie Point Break (with Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves) is just 70km from Melbourne on the Great Ocean Road, near Torquay. Surrounded by cliffs, it is really quite beautiful and is a great place to check out whether you're into surfing or not. Check out the Bells Beach Surf Classic every Easter Weekend. St Kilda beach in Melbourne is a lovely beach with great views of Port Phillip Bay. Go for a stroll at sunset along the pier. Easily accessible from the city centre on trains.