The 10 best beaches in Australia

Nothing beats a beautiful beach when you're planning your next sandy getaway. 

TripAdvisor has revealed its annual list of the best beaches in Australia and the world for 2017. 

Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays has topped the Aussie list for the fourth year running, while Brazil’s Baia do Sancho has been named the number one beach in the world. 

Here's a closer look at our best - according to the quantity and quality of traveller reviews gathered over a 12-month period. Do you agree with this list? 

1.Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Island, QLD

For the fourth consecutive year, Whitehaven Beach has taken out the top spot for beast beach in Australia. The pure white 98% silica sand beach stretches over seven kilometers and is the largest in the Whitsundays. The contrast between the pristine white sand, swirling turquoise water and green headlands make it a must-see - as well as one of Australia's most photographed beaches.

Things to do: Explore Whitehaven beach via raft or boat, laze on the beach, take in the view from Tongue Point lookout. 

2.Surfers Paradise Beach – Surfers Paradise, QLD

Referred to fondly by locals as 'a slice of paradise', Surfers is known for its well-patrolled beaches, endless waves and of course, the party-centric nightlife. It's also a popular place to catch an amazing sunrise and do a spot of whale-watching.

Things to do: Surfing lessons, drink cocktails on Cavill Ave, cruise the rivers and waterways, visit the SkyPoint deck for a birdseye view.



3. Noosa Main Beach – Noosa, QLD

Noosa is a great surf location and renowned as a family-friendly and idyllic seaside playground. The beach is also in close proximity to many award-winning cafes, bars and restaurants, not to mention a stunning national park. 

Things to do: Take a gentle hike along one of the nature trails of Noosa National Park, check out the local markets, hire a bike, take a day trip to Fraser Island. 

4. Manly Beach – Sydney, NSW

Manly is one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations and was the first beach in Australia to allow daylight swimming and surfing back in 1903. Being one of the pioneer beaches for surfing makes it a special place to explore. The ferry service from Circular Quay to Manly is fast and frequent, making it an ideal day trip from the city! 

Things to do: Stroll up the Corso, take a cycling tour, visit Oceanworld, grab a beer at the Steyne or Wharf Bar, dine at one of the amazing venues like Hugos or In Situ.  

5. Turquoise Bay – Exmouth, WA

With its turquoise waters and white sand, Turquoise Bay is one of Western Australia’s most beautiful and spectacular beaches. Located within metres of the famous Ningaloo Reef, it's also the perfect spot for snorkeling or diving amongst colourful coral and has an abundance of fish species and sea life. 

Things to do: Discover Ningaloo Reef’s rich marine life through a snorkeling or diving excursion.

6. Burleigh Heads Beach – Burleigh Heads, QLD

Burleigh offers fantastic surfing conditions, enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Away from the beach, travellers can also head to the nearby Burleigh Head National Park, known for its many beautiful walking trails and wildlife.

One TripAdvisor reviewer said, “There's always something happening at Burleigh - surfing, aerobics, walking through the National Park, or just getting a coffee at The Nook and watching the Pacific Ocean roll in”.

Things to do: Bike or walk along the foreshore, picnic on the headland, build a sandcastle and swim!

7. Cable Beach – Broome, WA

Ah, the serenity. With 22 kilometers of clean sand and gentle waters, the beach makes exploring both spectacular and easy. Cable Beach is also popular with tourists for its exquisite sunsets over the Indian Ocean - a must for every avid traveller's bucket list. 

Things to do: Take a camel ride at sunset, picnic on the beach, visit the Pearl Farms.

8. Mooloolaba Beach – Mooloolaba, QLD

Mooloolaba is located on the Sunshine Coast - yet another Queensland beach makes the Top 10! The beach is north-facing protecting it from the prevailing winds and ensuring near-perfect and safe water conditions all year round.

Things to do: Explore the rock pools, take a cruise through the waterways, fly the scenic route via helicopter over the Sunshine Coast. 

9.The Strand – Townsville, QLD

The Strand's beachfront offers plenty of activity options for travellers of all ages. This includes tree-lined walkways, safe swimming beaches, beautiful picnic spots, great restaurants and a water park. 

Things to do: Eat gelato, visit the water park, take a glorious stroll along the promenade. 

10. Emily Bay – Norfolk Island

Emily Bay is a beautiful beach of golden sand, clear water and those iconic pines of Norfolk Island. Set amongst the world heritage area of Kingston, the sheltered reefed lagoon is home to a variety of fish and coral reefs - making it ideal for swimming and snorkelling. The beach is also family-friendly and offers a great day out for family activities and adventures. 

Things to do: Visit Old Kingston Town for a tour of Australia’s historic penal colony settlements, go horse-riding or fishing, take a nap on the grass. 

World's Top 10 Beaches

  1. Baia do Sancho - Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
  2. Grace Bay - Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
  3. Eagle Beach - Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
  4. Playa Paraiso - Cayo Largo, Cuba
  5. Siesta Beach - Siesta Key, United States
  6. La Concha Beach - San Sebastian, Spain
  7. Playa Norte - Isla Mujeres, Mexico
  8. Radhanagar Beach - Havelock Island, India
  9. Elafonissi Beach - Crete, Greece
  10. Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay - Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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