Top 5 Australian beaches

By: Catherine Lawson, Photography by: David Bristow


All caravanners should put these five great beaches on their touring bucket list.

Top 5 Australian beaches
Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay

As the world’s largest island country, with more than 59,000km of coastline, it’s no surprise that Australia is home to more white-sand beaches than any other place on earth.

We have famous beaches (Bondi), remote beaches (Lizard Island), croc-infested beaches (hello, NT), and all those nostalgic favourites dear to each one of us. Selecting five of our best is bound to stir controversy, but here goes…

CABLE BEACH, WA

This far-flung destination routinely rates as one of the best in the world: 22 gorgeous kilometres of silvery sand fringed by a cerulean sea.

CLARKES BEACH, NSW

Of all the famously white beaches that stretch 30km on either side of Byron Bay, Clarkes remains a favourite: a protected arc of sand with small waves that are kind to beginner surfers.

TAYLOR'S LANDING, SA

At the very end of the Eyre Peninsula, where wild seas wrap around windswept Lincoln National Park, anglers, hikers and paddlers converge on a rugged coastline of monstrous sand hills, limestone lookouts and long, white-sand beaches.

WONGA BEACH, FNQ

This distinctly tropical strip of coconut-fringed coast between the Daintree River and Port Douglas is a dream destination for beach-walkers and barramundi anglers. 

FRIENDLY BEACHES, TAS

On Tassie’s blissfully blue east coast, no destination attracts travellers like Freycinet National Park.

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