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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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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