Australia is certainly blessed with stunning beaches. From expansive stretches of golden sand to hidden gems sheltered between headlands, it's a pleasure to bask under the rejuvenating rays and enjoy the invigorating salt water.
Maybe being active is more your style? In which case, jump on a boogie board, catch up with mates over beach volleyball or consider a great soft sand jog at one of these nine beautiful Australian beaches.
Situated along the famed Great Ocean Road, Lorne features a beautiful three-kilometre beach that provides the perfect opportunity to relax after you've admired the iconic Twelve Apostles. It's worth driving or walking up to Teddy's Lookout for the fantastic views over the coastline.
Cable Beach, Western Australia
When visiting Cable Beach be sure to sign up for a sunset camel ride - this is a great way to appreciate the beauty of the beach. Also on the agenda, should be a casual stroll to Gantheaume Point to admire the red cliffs and if you're lucky, to see the dinosaur footprints that are visible at low tide.
Byron Bay, New South Wales
The most easterly point of Australia, Byron Bay is renowned as one the country's great beach destinations. Popular ocean-based pursuits include surfing, whale watching and diving. Be sure to walk from the beach to the famous lighthouse.
Snelling Beach, South Australia
A natural wonderland, Kangaroo Island off the South Australian coast gives travellers the opportunity of appreciating a diverse array of fauna and flora. Once you've admired the sea lions, fur seals and koalas, head to the north of the island and relax on Snelling Beach.
Casuarina Beach, Northern Territory
The Darwin suburb of Casuarina derives its name from the casuarina trees that grow along the beach front. While you're appreciating this coastline be sure to keep an eye out for ospreys, sea eagles, cormorants and gulls which are often sighted flying overhead.
Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania
The Freycinet Peninsula is one of Tasmania's big ticket attractions. Travellers are encouraged to hike up to the vantage point over the peninsula to take in the views before walking down onto the beach at Wineglass Bay and then across to Coles Bay. A truly remarkable destination.
Trinity Beach, Queensland
While Cairns is usually associated with snorkelling expeditions on the Great Barrier Reef and day trips into the Daintree Rainforest, it's also worth dedicating some holiday time to relaxing on Trinity Beach, which is located just north of the heart of Cairns. Activities include windsurfing, sailing, boogie boarding and beach volleyball. The beach is safe for swimming year round, with a protective stinger net installed during the summer months.
Surfers Paradise, Queensland
The Gold Coast is one of Australia's principle destinations for fun in the sun - and no beach along this remarkable stretch of coastline epitomises the Gold Coast more than Surfers Paradise. Perfect for families, friends and couples, a holiday focused around Surfers Paradise is sure to rejuvenate the soul and enliven the senses.
Whitehaven Beach, Queensland
It is the silica in the sand that makes Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays an astonishing sight. The seven kilometre beach is best accessed as a day trip from Hamilton Island or on an extended sailing expedition through the region.