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9 Beaches in Australia Not to Miss

Australia is about the beaches.

In my humble opinion, the beaches in Australia are equal to, if not the best in the world. Sure we have the outback, cosmopolitan cities and deadly animals, but it’s the beach lifestyle that sets us apart.

In case you didn’t know, Australia’s coastline stretches almost 50,000 kilometres and is linked by over 10,000 beaches. That’s a lot of beach.

So what beaches would I recommend if you were visiting Oz? Here are my top 9 (in no particular order) that I have personally visited:

1. Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia

Cottesloe Beach is in Perth, Western Australia, and is one of the best places to have a swim and watch the sun set. The town of Cottesloe is also famous for its cafes and Sunday sessions when locals throng to the beach front pubs to watch the sun go down whilst enjoying a few drinks.


2. Coolangatta Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland

Coolangatta Beach has been special in our hearts for many years. It’s where I proposed marriage to Caz back in 2001. The beach is awesome, and everywhere you turn people are out and about, surfing the world class breaks, skateboarding, cycling, jogging or walking the immaculately kept beach pathways and promenades.


3. Mindil Beach, Darwin, Northern Territory

I’ve only been to Mindil Beach once, and got blown away by this incredible sunset. It was unlike any sunset I have seen before with this awesome pink tinge to it.


4. Yallingup Beach, Margaret River, Western Australia

Yallingup is a few hours drive south of Perth in the vicinity of the world famous Margaret River wine region. This beach is absolutely stunning with a sheltered lagoon, calm waters, and a great small town vibe.


5. Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia

Cable Beach regularly ranks as one of the best beaches in Australia. It’s picturesque, incredibly big and FLAT and the camel rides at sunset are legendary.


6. Pinky Beach, Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Just look at that water, and the temperature was perfect. Rottnest is located 18 kilometres off the coast of Perth and it’s a MUST VISIT when in WA.


7. Bondi Beach, Sydney

I hesitated to put Bondi on this list. But it’s one of those iconic places you should just visit at least once. It’s the starting point to our much loved Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, and I don’t think you could get any more Australian than learning to surf at Bondi.


8. Whitehaven Beach, Queensland

Whitehaven Beach was recently ranked 3rd BEST beach in the world on Trip Advisor via their Travelers’ Choice Awards. Located in the Whitsunday Islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven is 7km long and provides the foreground to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands National Park.


9. Hazards Beach, Tasmania

Just across the small strip of land from Wineglass Bay sits Hazards Beach within the Freycinet National Park on the east coast of Tasmania. It’s pure, remote, desolate, peaceful, and breathtaking


Caz and Craig Makepeace have been living and traveling around the world since 1997; first solo, then as a couple, and now as a family with their two young daughters. Hailing from Australia, they are sharing their insider tips and inspiring stories in this series. For more, visit them at

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