Top 7 Beaches on the East Coast of Australia

We all know what Australia is known for, it’s jaw dropping beaches! Which ones are the best is really the question! With thousands of kilometres of shoreline it’s a hard task to figure it which are the top beaches, afterall every single bit of the coastline is stunning. Theres nothing like the beaches in Australia, and each one is unique in there own way. For example Bondi Beach in Sydney is iconic from the famous reality show, Bondi Rescue showing how millions of tourists flock here each year. Then there’s Cape Tribulation, located in the Daintree rainforest which is filled with an intresting history.

It’s on most travellers bucket lists to see the Great Barrier Reef, and explore the gorgeous beaches down under! My partner and I drove up the coast from Melbourne all the way up to the Daintree Forest where we spent most the time driving on the coastline. We saw so many beaches that we ended up calling ourselves “beach fatiqued.”

After seeing hundreds of beaches along the east coast of Australia, here are our Top 7 Beaches:

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1.)White Haven Beach

White Haven Beach is located on the Whitsunday Islands. The only way to get here is by boat, so lots of travelers sign up to do sailing tours. This is highly recommended as you can spend the night setting sail while seeing the Great Barrier Reef and these incredible islands. White Haven Beach has been deemed the most beautiful beach in the world several times before, and is known for it’s unique colours of blue water. The sand is made of silca, which makes it super soft to touch and bright white. This beach is truly special and one of our favourite places!

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2.)Hyams Beach

Hyams Beach located in Jervis Bay, NSW, is also known as one of the worlds whitest beaches; it’s an absolute dream. The day we went we had mostly cloud cover but the colors were still stunning, the actual sand feels like powder!

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3.)Mission Beach

Mission Beach is located in Queensland just south of Cairns. This beach is magical, and is just what you picture when you think “beach getaway.” From a shore lined with palm trees, to snorkling access to the Great Barrier Reef, this place is incredible! The town itself has a great bar, resturant scene, and art scene as well.

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4.)Rainbow Beach

Rainbow beach is famous for it’s rainbow stairs down to a picture perfect beach, and colourful cliffs. There are many things to do here other than lounge by the beach, you can head to Carlo Sand Blow for some massive sand dunes, or to the cute beach town. This gem is often overlooked, but we highly recommend giving it a visit!

5.)Noosa – Sunshine Coast

Noosa is known as the ultimate surfer town, along with it’s amazing coastline. We highly recommend doing the Coastal walk where you will take in some incredible views, at places along the way like Dolphin point lookout, and Hells Gate!

6.)Loch Ard Gorge Beach

Loch Ard Gorge, is located with dozens of beaches along the Great Ocean Road. This was my favourite, as the rocks form a beautiful V formation, and give off a beautiful color to the sea. This can be quite touristy but there’s plenty of room to take a blanket out and sun bathe.

7.)Cape Hillsborough

I’ve talked about this place multiple times, but it was my favourite place in Australia and I stand by it! Not only is it secluded, but it’s often overlooked by tourists. On the beach you can view kangaroos and you can take a short hike up the mountain to get a gorgeous view of the seaside. It is also known for it’s jaw dropping sunset!

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