The 7 best Australian beaches

How many of these spectacular beaches have you ticked off your list?

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Stenhouse Bay, Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Summer in Australia is all about the beach. Whether you’re holidaying at coastal caravan parks, settling into a summer rental or heading off on a daytripping adventure, one thing abounds – sublime surf.

Zipping from coast to coast, here are some of our favourite Aussie beaches to add to your summer hit list.

The Beach and Turquoise waters of Binalong Bay in The Bay of Fires, Tasmania, Australia

1. Binalong Bay, TAS

A small coastal town on the southern end of Tassie’s Bay of Fires, Binalong Bay lures holidaymakers with its fine white sand and pure, clear waters. The region’s iconic orange-hued boulders associated with the Bay of Fires provide dramatic coastal scenery for your early morning walks.

Retro toned dramatic stormy beach scene. Grey clouds and rough seas on a deserted Garie beach, Royal National Park, New South Wales, Australia

2. Mollymook Beach, Mollymook, NSW

The south coast of NSW is a rolling vista of top-notch beaches, coastal towns and pristine national parks. Around a threehour drive south of Sydney lies Mollymook, a seemingly sleepy town that lights up over summer. Its crowning glory is Mollymook Beach, a magnificent stretch of sand with enough room for avid surfers, young families and everyone in between.

Morning view of Johanna beach from the camping ground lookout

3. Johanna Beach, Johanna, VIC

Road tripping on the Great Ocean Road is the stuff of summer, with countless townships and beaches to dip your toes in along the way. Beyond Apollo Bay lies Johanna, a tiny rural township home to one serious surf beach. Beyond the dreamy crashing waves, Cape Otway Lightstation and the surrounding national park await exploration.

Yallingup Lagoon, Western Australia

4. Gnarabup Beach, Margaret River, WA

There’s much to love about the glorious Gnarabup Beach, just a 10-minute drive from the township of Margaret River. Its turquoise water, soft white sand and languid coastline beckon on a summer’s day, and the nearby White Elephant Beach Café serves up delish brekkie and lunch dishes to sate those post-swim hunger pangs.

This photography was taken in Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday, Australia, in january 2015. It was a warm and sunny summer day - th sky was clearl and blue; the water was green an beautifully transparent; and the sands were white and bright as usual.

5. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, QLD

It wouldn’t be an Aussie beach list without including the blinding white sand and shimmering blue waters of Whitehaven Beach. This 7 km-long stretch of paradise lies on an uninhabited Whitsunday Island, in the heartland of the Great Barrier Reef. Whether you’re on a sailing trip, day tripping from a nearby island or indulging in a chopper flight, it’s pure magic.

Stenhouse Bay, Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

6. Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula, SA

At the very tip of South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula lies Innes National Park, home to some seriously spectacular coastal scenery, footprint-free beaches, diving hotspots and local wildlife. Campers will find plenty of options including beachside sites and caravan parks, and the surrounding seaside town of Marion Bay serves up fabulously fresh local seafood when you feel like a break from camp cuisine.

A wave breaks on a golden shore at a deserted beach in the SW of Western Australia - Margaret River region.

7. Milk Beach, Vaucluse, NSW

A small, tucked-away beach surrounded by heritage-listed Strickland House, Milk Beach feels like a Sydney secret you’ve stumbled upon. Enjoy views of Shark Island and the city skyline while taking a dip in its crystal-clear water, and wander around to nearby Neilsen Park for postswim fish and chips.

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