Best Australian Beaches

#1 Bondi Beach,New South Wales

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This gorgeous beach is the nearest to Sydney city centre,(6.6km), and is home to one of the world’s oldest surf life saving clubs, if not the oldest. Even winter days in Sydney,going to the beach, can be delightful due to the brilliant sunshine.

On an average summer weekend, this 1km long south facing beach can attract over 40,000 visitors.

The beach is popular with Australians and international tourists alike, offering endless sunbathing, swimming, and excellent surfing for both boards and bodies.

Starting from the south end of the beach, there is a magnificent coastal walk (6km) that takes in spectacular ocean vistas and allows you to visit a number of lesser but still beautiful beaches all the way to Coogee Beach.

You can walk part of the way or catch a regular bus back to Bondi, Coogee, or the City. Or get a personal instructor to teach you how to surf.

#2 Manly Beach,New South Wales


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When it comes to Manly Beach, you’ll be spoiled for options. There’s something for everyone, whether you want to lay out a towel and enjoy the smooth white sand all day, surf its waves, or explore its depths while snorkelling or diving.

It also creates a nice backdrop for picnics or walking and cycling trails for those who wish to stare at it.

Manly is one of Australia’s most recognised beaches, having hosted the world’s inaugural surfing competition in 1964.

The famous beach stretches from South Steyne to North Steyne and Queenscliff, where a submerged reef, known as a bombora, provides the waves that attract the world’s greatest surfers.

Shelly Beach is just south of Manly, and Freshwater Beach is to the north. In the summer of 1914-15, Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku popularised surfing.

Manly and Freshwater are part of a National Surfing Reserve and have produced world champions including Barton Lynch and Layne Beachley.

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