10 Beaches That Are Calling You

20 November 2017

Are you due for some quality beach time? Of course you are! We’ve rounded up our favourite places for a well-earned beach break, close to home. Check out the sunny escapes that are wonderfully doable, any time of year.

#10 Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays 

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays constantly tops the list of the world’s best beaches. Image: Getty

Located just off the coast of Queensland, the pristine Whitsunday Islands – all 74 of them – are sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef and are everything you imagine a tropical paradise to be. The jewel in the crown is Whitehaven Beach, famous for being a 7 kilometre stretch of the purest, whitest silica sand in the world. Gently lapping against these dazzling shores is the crystal clear water of Lagoon Rock Reef. People come from all over the world to experience the beauty of Whitehaven Beach and we know why.

#9 Kata Beach, Phuket

Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand Kata Beach is an all-round favourite, on the west coast of the Thai island of Phuket. Image: Getty

Flanked by hills, the scenic gem of Kata Beach is the perfect place for a well-earned Thai getaway. The beach looks out to picturesque Pu Island and attracts travellers of all ages, with a safe swimming beach for children and good surf breaks in the shoulder and wet season.

#8 Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast

Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia One of Australia’s best-loved surfing beaches, on the northern side of Point Danger. Image: Getty

Even when you only have a few days to spare, you can always make time for the Gold Coast. This is where you get the best of both worlds: a relaxing beach break along some of the most breathtaking coastline in Australia, plus all the decadent extras that go with a big-city destination – a fantastic food scene great entertainment and plenty of top-notch places to stay.

#7 Seminyak, Bali

Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia Seminyak has its very own sense of style. Image: Getty

If you fancy an escape with a very distinct flavour (we’re talking cool cafes, designer boutiques and Insta-worthy hotels), Seminyak is your perfect short break. Roughly just a 6-hour flight from Australia’s east coast, Seminyak is one of Bali’s gems, with white sand, small crowds and sensational surf breaks.

#6 Cable Beach, Broome

Cable Beach, Broome Western Australia The quirky feature of Cable Beach is that you can see it all on camel back. Image: Getty

Ever seen the sun go down over the sea? Broome’s stunning 22-kilometre long Cable Beach is one of Australia’s most iconic destinations, with clear blue water, breathtaking Indian Ocean sunsets and seemingly endless sunny weather. If you feel like really getting away from it all, this is the place.

#5 Palm Cove, North Queensland

Palm Cove, North Queensland Between Cairns and Port Douglas lies the dreamy and aptly named Palm Cove. Image: Getty

With just a row of palm trees separating you from the sand, Palm Cove promises the best of both worlds: a super laid-back beach, just a few casual strides from an esplanade filled with exceptional restaurants. Make this relaxed village by the sea your tropical holiday hub and won’t be disappointed.

#4 Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

Mamanuca Islands, Fiji This chain of exotic islands is just a short boat ride from Nadi International Airport. Image: Getty

If you really want to shake off some stress, you need to get yourself to an island. Preferably one with white sandy beaches, swaying coconut palms and one that’s surrounded by a warm, turquoise sea. Travel tip: You need to head straight for the Mamanuca Islands. There are about twenty to choose from, so take your pick.

#3 Salt Beach, Kingscliff 

Salt Beach, Kingscliff, New South Wales Casuarina trees by the beach and a big wide sky. Hello Salt Beach. Image: Getty

Love a classic Australian beach, complete with… well, not much more than the way nature intended it? Salt Beach at Kingscliff is one of those beaches. It seems to stretch on forever, promote the DIY beach experience (bring your own stuff, and take it away again) and is where the amazing waves just keep on coming.

#2 Nai Harn Beach, Phuket

Nai Harn Beach, Phuket Looking out across the Andaman Sea, from Nai Harn Beach. Image: Getty

One of Phuket’s not-so-crowded beaches, Nai Harn Beach is the perfect place to kick off the thongs, rent a beach chair (about 100 baht for the entire day) and make the most of the friendly service, with drink vendors offering cold beers or fresh coconut water. All you have to do is just sit back, and relax.

#1 Noosa Beach, Sunshine Coast

Noosa Beach, Queensland Noosa National Park is regarded as one of Australia’s national treasures. Image: Getty

Noosa has pretty much everything – a perfectly protected beach which is great for children, swimmers and anyone learning to surf, a stunning National Park complete with walking paths and a priceless ocean view, a good chance of spotting dolphins offshore, a world-class dining scene, fantastic hotels and water sports galore. What can we say? We love Noosa!


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Erin Bennion

Based in Brisbane, Erin is a writer with a penchant for using fancy old French words wherever possible and an insatiable hankering for trawling through vintage markets in small Scandinavian towns (no really). One of her dreams is to take her family to see General Sherman in Sequoia National Park and give that old guy a group-hug. Don’t follow her, she could end up anywhere. Twitter @erinbennion