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In terms of beaches Australia is teeming with them from north to south along both the eastern and western coastlines of this massive continent. We have beaches on the Pacific Ocean, the Southern Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Timor Sea in the far north. So where are the most pristine beaches in Australia?
State by state the beaches have their own uniqueness, with different colours and textures of sand, the sea water a palette of blues and greens and beautiful tranquil calm waters in little bays or big swells with thunderous waves lashing on the shores.
Queensland on the north eastern coast has some of the most beautiful beaches stretching from Cape Tribulation in the Tropical North to Coolangatta beach in the south. There are also hundreds of tropical islands just off the coast of Queensland that have soft white sand beaches and crystal clear water which are fringed by coral reefs.
New South Wales long stretch of coastline offers spectacular coastal scenery from the North Coast to the South Coast. It is home to many of Australia’s most famous beaches on the blue Pacific with great surf and sparkling sand.
Victoria is the quintessential family seaside holiday destination of a bygone era with the ever-elegant beaches at Sorrento, Portsea and the beaches on the Bellarine Peninsula and Mornington Peninsula. Then there is the incredible beauty of the coastline along the Great Ocean Road dotted with some of the best surfing beaches in Australia.
Tasmania’s East Coast, with its natural beauty, spectacular landscapes and long beautiful beaches, offers a completely different Australian coastal experience. Wineglass Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula, Bay of Fires, Bruny Island or the Tasman Peninsula are just a few areas where you will find some of the most pristine beaches in Tasmania.
South Australia has some of the most rugged coastline in Australia with pristine beaches that are virtually untouched. The 60 kilometre stretch of beachfront surrounding the capital, Adelaide also has some stunning beaches.
West Australia is a vast state of relatively untouched coastline and wilderness areas. Some of the most beautiful beaches are found in the South West of the state and then the North West takes on a different vista of wild rocky coastline and sandy bays.
Although I have travelled all the way around the coastline of this vast country, it would be impossible to visit each and every beach on our shorelines. However I can categorically state that I have seen and photographed some of the most pristine beaches in Australia. The problem is that most of my choices do entail getting off the beaten track a little and I doubt whether you have even heard of some of them!
Here is my collection of the top ten most pristine beaches in Australia:
I think I could probably list at least 20 more pristine beaches in Australia. There are just so many! How about you? Do you have some favourite beaches in Australia? I would love to hear about them.
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Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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JanAugust 5, 2016
Of course I have to mention the beautiful and pristine Wilderness Coast beaches around Mallacoota where we live. Perfect spots for finding yourself the only person on the beach.
KathyAugust 5, 2016
I think you should mention those beautiful beaches around Mallacoota. They were spectacular! :)
budgettraveltalkAugust 5, 2016
Byron Bay for me, but hey we’ve got so many stunning beaches, we could spend a lifetime comparing. But I am a little biased I suppose.
KathyAugust 5, 2016
Yes Byron is pretty special, but it gets very busy at certain times of the year. The beaches south of Tallow Beach are relatively untouched and pristine. :)
Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)August 6, 2016
Whitehaven is certainly glorious but the threat of marine stingers puts me off swimming there. I can’t see the point of swimming with a head to toe suit on and even then your face is unprotected. This is a wonderful glimpse of Australian beaches Kathy.
KathyAugust 6, 2016
We cruised around the Whitsundays in summer one year and we never encountered any stingers. I think they are normally much further north from here, although they may have migrated south. Our Aussie beaches are remarkable! :)
Melissa and Brenden (@allaroundoz)August 6, 2016
So many amazing beaches. We are so lucky to live where we do! A few on here that I will be adding to our list of ‘must visit’ places.
KathyAugust 6, 2016
It was a tough choice keeping my list to ten amazing beaches. Like I said there are probably at least another 20 that are just as gorgeous. We are very lucky to still have beaches that I regard as being pristine. Sadly, there are not many left in the world. :)
RuthAugust 8, 2016
Cathy, you are not making the task of choosing a beach easier! With so much beauty, I wouldn’t know where to start. The good part is that Australians have tons and tons of coast to explore (and have a really good time in paradise!).
KathyAugust 8, 2016
I know I do make it difficult! Australia is an immense country with an immense coastline and so many beautiful beaches to explore. If you ever need any help planning an Aussie holiday I am only too happy to help with planning an itinerary. :)
IanAugust 12, 2016
I USED TO LIVE NEAR Fraser Island i like these beaches very much a lot these beaches are not patrolled especially on eastern Side Fraser Island their are surf beaches
on the western side Fraser Island [ Hervey Bay ] their are nice beaches for people whom are not strong swimmers better to swim in the bay between Fraser Island and Hervey Bay lived up their for 15 years .
I also like the whales very much as well as the whale Migrate every year and have their baby’s [ calves ] and return to the Antarctic.
KathyAugust 12, 2016
Oh yes Fraser island does have some lovely pristine beaches. I visited here many years ago and I was blown away by the island’s beauty. After being to West Australia I was also very impressed with their beaches – particularly in the South West. Thanks for the recommendation. :)
JaneAugust 12, 2016
Oh! I love beaches so much! When I feel stress I always go at the nearest beach in our place to relax.
KathyAugust 13, 2016
You know what Jane? So do I! Beaches are very relaxing. :)