Located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Noosa is a beautiful holiday destination I would highly recommend visiting if you have the chance. The main beach at Noosa Heads is picturesque with fine, pale sand and rich blue waters. The surf isn’t overwhelming but there are still enough waves to require a surf life saving team and warrant a learn-to-surf school!Noosa Heads — Photo courtesy of Richard Thomas
For those a little more advanced in their surfing abilities, you may want to check out Bells Beach in Victoria- the holy grail of Australian surfing and home to the annual Rip Curl Pro competition. The waters here are definitely not for the feint hearted or inexperienced so many visitors opt to just enjoy the view from one of the many lookout points instead.
Bondi Beach is arguably Australias most well known beach (to the extent that it’s lifeguards having their own television series, ‘Bondi Rescue’). This Sydney surf beach is notoriously busy, great for water activities and a definite must-see attraction for visitors to the country. Another bustling Sydney hot spot is Manly Beach. Slightly less populated than Bondi, Manly is also world famous (minus the TV show) and known as an iconic Aussie beach.
Far North Queensland often gets overlooked in the summertime as in many areas it isn’t safe to swim this time of year due to the stingers. It’s a shame really, as Port Douglas is a very popular destination and home to the beautiful 4 Mile Beach. The beach itself is stunning and surrounded by tropical rainforest making it incredibly serene.
A little further south now and we get to the striking Whitsundays. Situated smack bang in the middle of the beautiful Great Barrier Reef are 74 islands which make up the Whitsundays. Surrounded by crystal clear waters and pale sands, this incredible spot is ideal for relaxing and unwinding on your choice of countless secluded beaches. One of the most popular of these is Whitehaven beach. As the name would suggest, this stunning locale is known for its white sands and scenic surroundings. Whitsundays — Photo courtesy of Peterpans Adventure Travel, www.ultimateozholiday.com
Similarly, Fraser Island off the coast of Queensland is home to some incredible beaches and is well worth a visit if you’re interested in natural beauty and secluded spots. Fraser Island is renowned for its multi-coloured sands, spring waters, rainforests and wildlife and one of the most popular beaches on the island is the Seventy Five Mile Beach.
Further south again and we get to the Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast- a popular beach destination for surfers, swimmers and sun-baskers alike. It is a lively district, boasting not just a fantastic surf beach but also thriving nightlife and entertainment in surrounding areas.
Byron Bay in New South Wales is a sleepy little town… that is until November when many school leavers make this place their end of exams party town for 3 whole weeks. The rest of the year, Byron is popular with tourists because of its relaxed atmosphere and beautiful beaches alive with marine life.Byron bay — Photo courtesy of Mike Vondran
So there you have it, the east coasts best beaches! (Although, in all honesty you would be hard pressed to find a really bad beach- we're lucky like that.) Have a wonderful time exploring the east coast and please remember, if you're on a patrolled beach you need to swim between the red and yellow flags!