The most beautiful beaches on the East Coast
In the realm of coastal beauty, Australia's East Coast stands out with extensive stretches of unspoilt golden sands, crystal clear water and unique natural wonders. Whether you're planning a holiday to unwind or embarking on a weekend adventure, there's a treasure trove of pristine beaches to explore.
To celebrate the peak of summer in Australia, we've gathered a list of our team's favourite beaches on Australia's East Coast - each with its own unique beauty and unforgettable highlights.
1. Boomerang Beach, New South Wales
Enjoy the relaxed charm of Boomerang Beach, just a few hours north of Sydney. True to its name, this boomerang-shaped beach offers ideal swimming conditions at both ends, providing protection from larger swells. The idyllic northern end draws in surfers and families alike with soft, curling waves.
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2. Cape Hillsborough, Mackay, Queensland
One of the most secluded and striking beaches in central Queensland, just a short drive from the town hub of Mackay. Golden sands meet incredible natural bushland in the surrounding National Park with eucalypt and pine forests, rocky headlands, and unique volcanic formations.
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3. Wategos Beach, Byron Bay, New South Wales
Much-loved for a reason... a sheltered spot to escape the bustling energy of Byron Bay. Wategos offers a more serene atmosphere, known for its beginner-friendly surf waves. It's also one of Byron's best spots for dolphin and whale watching during migration seasons.
Image source: Kara Rosenlund
4. Whitehaven Beach, The Whitsunday Islands
Nestled within the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands, this tropical paradise boasts crystal-clear turquoise waters, offering a serene natural escape. Whitehaven Beach is renowned for its pristine beauty, featuring pure silica sand that creates its mesmerising, velvet-soft shoreline.
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5. Chinamans Beach, Jervis Bay, New South Wales
Nestled within the NSW's South Coast, Chinamans Beach is known for its pristine white sand and periwinkle blue water. Stroll along the beach or spend the day swimming in the tranquil waters. It's often deserted early in the morning so you can enjoy it all to yourself.
Image source: Londoner in Sydney
6. Bondi Beach, NSW
We may be biased, but Bondi Beach is one the world's most famous beach destinations for a reason. From the turquoise clear waters and laid-back surf, to the bustling promenade and eclectic food and drink scene - to us, it's a little slice of paradise. Wake up early to experience Bondi at its best, grab a coffee and enjoy the golden glow that bathes the ocean at sunrise.
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7. Portsea Back Beach, Victoria
Portsea Back Beach is renowned for its rugged beauty and powerful surf. Nestled at the tip of the iconic Mornington Peninsula, the beach offers stunning coastal views and dramatic limestone cliffs. With its wild waves and rock pools to explore, Portsea is a great option for those seeking a more adventurous coastal escape.
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8. Alexandria Beach, Noosa, Queensland
Located on the quieter, eastern side of Noosa Heads, Alexandria Beach offers beautiful scenery and energetic seas, great for those seeking more adventure. We recommend taking a walk along the southern headlands - discover the sun-dappled eucalypt forest and hidden coves beside sweeping ocean views.
Image source: Vogue
9. Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
A true natural-wonder, Wineglass Bay is one of Tasmania's most celebrated coastal destinations - located in the wildly beautiful Freycinet National Park. For those seeking a little more action, you can enjoy a hike in through the Wineglass Bay Lookout or Hazards Beach Circuit - discover a treasure trove of picture-perfect coves and spectacular views of the bay from above.
Image source: Freycinet Experience Walk
10. Squeaky Beach, Wilsons Promontory, Victoria
For those looking to escape the crowds and indulge in wild natural beauty, Wilsons Promontory is truly a breathe of fresh air. Find some of Australia's clearest waters set amongst rugged bushland at Squeaky Beach. There's a range of campgrounds available to stay within the Prom, where you can enjoy plenty of spectacular beaches at your fingertips.
Image source: Australian Traveller
Header image: Boomerang Beach, Australian Traveller