Five Favorite Australian Beaches
Summer is upon us, which means you’re probably thinking about a beach vacation. If you want to kick up the exotic factor a notch, then consider an Australia tour for your beach vacation. Even though our summer is actually their winter, the country is fairly temperate for the most part. At its coldest Sydney might dip down to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and it is the perfect time to visit in the northern areas of Australia where it is typically quite warm, and less humid and rainy than the rest of the year.
At ATJ, we can’t get enough of the of Australia’s amazing diversity and dynamic contrasts. Not only is it the world’s only country that is also a continent, but it’s full of animals and landscapes that exist nowhere else on earth. And, with more than 16,000 miles of coastline, beaches abound in the land down under, offering something for everyone. Below are five of our favorites:
Stretching for more than three miles, Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland is possibly Australia’s most beautiful beach of them all. The sand alone is special, as it’s made from very fine grains that are pillowy soft, nearly pure white and magically doesn’t get hot under bare feet. But then there is also the color of the water: vivid, shifting shades of turquoise, cerulean and deep ocean blue. The Whitsundays are an island chain just off the Great Barrier Reef that are very popular for chartered sailing trips as part of a luxury Australia travel package. As you’d expect, the surrounding diving and snorkeling is also amazing.
Australia’s largest sand island, famed for its eco-tourism, is Queensland’s beautiful Fraser Island, which is a protected world heritage site that also hosts one of the most uniquely beautiful beaches in Oz. The name comes from the approximate length of the beach—yes it’s really that many miles long—and features a number of different stretches of multi-hued sands ranging in colors from vivid orange to brilliant white. It’s a stunning place for a walk, followed by a dip in one of the many crystal-clear freshwater lakes that are walking distance from the shore.
For endless summer and surf head to Main Beach on the Sunshine Coast. The beach faces north, which means it is more sheltered than other beaches on this coast and stays pleasant year-round. At ATJ we love the location of picturesque and stylish Noosa, as well as the beach’s golden sand and clean, clear waters with waves big enough to surf on one end yet perfect for swimming at the other. Dolphins are often seen frolicking just offshore and, during the annual migration season, you can also see whales.
Western Australia is often overlooked when it comes to beaches with the eastern half of the country dominating in the summer holiday scene. But, there are some indescribably gorgeous and often deserted beaches here, including Cable Beach in Broome. The sunsets here are stunning. Sitting on the Indian Ocean, rather than the Pacific, the sunsets go on forever and feature a magnitude of colors. Try taking a sunset camel ride for something different.
Although this is not a spot to avoid other tourists, there’s no way you can skip Bondi Beach in Sydney, especially if it’s your first time in Australia. Emblematic of Australian beach culture, there simply is no other beach like it. The world’s first Surf Life Saving Club (volunteer lifeguards) was founded here and has been in operation for more than 100 years. And it was Bondi, in the early 1900s, that helped pave the way for women to wear bikinis. Today, despite the crowds, it remains a beautiful stretch of shoreline with plentiful options for eating and drinking just minutes away.