Australia is a favourite destination for holidaying Brits and has been for years now. With soon to be direct flights from London to Sydney, getting there is about to get much easier. More than 730,000 people visit Australia every year to enjoy the magnificent beaches found all around the massive coastline, as well as to experience the incredible marine life – especially at the Great Barrier Reef. To experience all the magic Australia has to offer you’ll have to request a visa before departure, as all non-citizens are required to apply for a tourist visa to enter Australia. This kind of visa is valid for three months but if you wish to extend your stay and maybe even take up a job in the meantime, you can apply for a working holiday visa online and bask in Australia’s sun for up to two years.
Either way, if you’re heading to the land down under, these are some of the best beaches you must definitely visit!
One of the most famous beaches in the world, Bondi in Sydney is the epitome of the laid back Aussie lifestyle. As well as a great family beach for swimming and surfing, Bondi is a hub of festivals and events and an oceanside dining destination.
Located on the largest of the Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven is often called the most beautiful beach in Australia. The powder-soft white sands run for seven kilometres and are lapped by crystal clear water, ideal for swimming. A walk along the headland enable you to see coral reefs offshore.
Regularly named among the most beautiful beaches in the world, this stunning beach is part of Freycinet National Park in Tasmania. Walk up the headlands for magnificent views and understand how the cove got its name.
FOUR MILE BEACH
Located in Port Douglas, the entry point to the Great Barrier Reef, this Queensland beach is known for its lovely calm waters ideal for swimming. Keep your eye out for box jellyfish although there are nets to prevent them coming into shore.
Known not only for its eponymous sporting link, Surfer’s Paradise is characterised by its modern skyscraper skyline. A hugely popular attraction of Queensland’s Gold Coast, it is a favourite holiday destination of Australians as well as overseas visitors. Cross an item off your bucket list and take surfing lessons by a true Australian surfer!
EIGHTY MILE BEACH
Despite its name, 80-mile Beach is actually more like 138 miles long. Stretching from Port Hedland to Broome in WA, it is an important area for wildlife, particularly migratory birds. It is also a favourite fishing spot.
As well as being a stretch of beautiful white sand backed by contrasting red ochre cliffs, Cable Beach in Broome, Western Australia also afford a unique tourist experience. The camel safari cannot be missed – especially at sunset.
Home to the world’s oldest surf competition, the Rip Curl Easter Pro, Bell’s Beach is in Torquay, Victoria. It sits at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road and as well as the five-foot waves that attract the surfers, there are sheltered spots for families who enjoy a swim.
You can’t visit Australia without being tempted to spend time enjoying life on the stunning beaches. Whether for some hours relaxing on the sand or getting out in and on the water, it is always a day to embrace and enjoy.