If you dream of living a stone’s throw away from the beach then migrating to Australia could be the right decision for you.
Around 80% of Australians live within 50km of the coast and it’s no wonder, given the endless stretches of beautiful coastline the country boasts.
There are so many spectacular beaches in Australia that there simply isn’t time to mention them all. So, here’s a list of our favourites…in no particular order…
1. Bondi Beach, Sydney
Probably Australia’s most famous beach, Bondi is a hugely popular tourist hotspot, located just a few miles from Sydney’s CBD. It’s not uncommon for up to 40,000 people to descend on Bondi over a typical weekend during summer. Be warned though, it’s not the beach to visit if you have any body hang-ups… there are bronzed, muscular people galore.
2. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island
For crystal clear waters and white sand, it’s hard to beat Whitehaven Beach in Queensland. One of the country’s most photographed beaches, it has scooped numerous awards in recent years, including the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Beach Award in 2013.
3. Cottesloe Beach, Perth
One of the most popular beaches in Western Australia, Cottesloe Beach is a 15-minute drive from Perth city centre. It’s loved by surfers, swimmers and sunbathers alike, and there are plenty of bustling cafes and restaurants nearby. Visit Cottesloe in March and you will find the ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ exhibition on, which features dozens of stunning artworks.
4. Cable Beach, Broome
Famous for its sunset camel treks, Cable Beach is a must-visit destination for anyone heading to the north of Western Australia. Visitors will find a range of activities on offer there, including freefall skydiving and parasailing.
5. Aldinga Beach, Adelaide
Aldinga Beach was recently voted Adelaide’s best beach. The beach is particularly popular with families, pet owners and watersports enthusiasts. Unlike many other beaches around Adelaide, you can drive your car right on to the sand at Aldinga, and even launch your boat from there. The shallow water also makes it perfect for a spot of snorkelling.
6. St Kilda Beach, Melbourne
St Kilda is to Melbourne what Bondi is to Sydney. The calm waters are popular with swimmers and paddle-boarders, while the boardwalk is a draw for cyclists and walkers. The beach is located just 6km from the city centre and once the sun goes down you can enjoy the restaurants and thriving nightlife.
7. Little Salmon Bay, Rottnest Island
This little gem of a beach is a snorkelers’ paradise. A short ferry ride from the port of Fremantle near Perth, Rottnest Island is home to dozens of spectacular beaches. The sheltered, crystal clear waters of Little Salmon Bay attract thousands of locals and tourists every year. Once you’re done with Little Salmon Bay you can simply hop on the Bayseeker bus and visit the next beach along, and then the next one, and the next one…