Beach please: Top 8 beaches on East Coast Australia

Australia is known for having some of the most insane beaches in the world, but with so many of them how do you decide which are even worth your time? Beach please, we’ll tell you.

Byron Bay

Location: New South Wales
We can hear you tutting, but hold up hun. We HAD to put Byron Bay on the list because no top 10 list of beaches is complete without it. Not because of the beach itself, but the vibe (and the ridiculously good-looking locals – hellooooo). As you arrive, you’ll be greeted by a welcome sign that reads “Welcome to Byron Bay. Cheer up. Slow down. Chill out” which you can’t help but obey. Don’t leave without visiting The Top Shop. No, it’s not the Topshop you’d expect to find on the high street, it’s a trendy back street café. No basic beaches here.

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Whitehaven Beach

Location: Whitsunday Islands If the world had a beach beauty pageant, Whitehaven would win Miss Australia. It’s impossible not to fall in love with her turquoise-hued eyes… by eyes, we mean water. Whitehaven Beach was also voted the world’s top eco-friendly beach so not only is she pretty on the eyes, she also cares for the environment. What a babe.

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Palm Cove

Location: Queensland Just 20 minutes north of Cairns, lies this sleepy little village. Palm Cove may be smaller than some of the big dawgs on this list, but it’s not about the size of the boat, it’s the motion in the ocean. Amiright?

The best days…💙

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Surfers Paradise

Location: Gold Coast The Gold Coast is home to some of the best surfing tournaments in Australia, so it would be damn right rude to head here and not pick up a board. And if you can’t, then you my friend, are getting yourself a surf lesson. Craft beer lover? Head to Surfers Sandbar and the uber-cool 4217 complex for yummy (and cheap!) eats.

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Bronte Beach

Location: Sydney You’ve heard of Bondi right? Well, Bronte is like its little brother but with less friends. While the tourists flock to Bondi, head to the quieter and more peaceful Bronte Beach for chill time. And if you’re still keen to check out the famous Bondi beach, it’s only two-kilometres away.

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Manly Beach

Location: Sydney Just a ferry ride from Sydney harbour, this is your opportunity to glam up and wear that trendy beachwear you assumed you’d need… (a sparkly kaftan seemed so right before). Set up camp for the day and enjoy ogling the scrubbed-up Sydney elite who reside here. And once you’re over the sunshine, join them for a cold one at one of Manly’s chic beach bars.

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Cape Tribulation

Location: Daintree National Park Golden sands meet tropical rainforest at this sheltered beach spot. Walk along the shoreline and take a look behind you at the impressive mass of lush foliage that makes up Daintree rainforest. Go for a swim and have a picnic under the palm trees. Just keep an eye out for those impressive Cassowary’s who might fancy a bite too.

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Rainbow Beach

Location: Wide Bay–Burnett, Queensland

Famous for its colourful sand cliffs, Rainbow beach is on the Great Beach Drive and is an aquatic lover’s playground. If you visit between July and September, you might even catch a glimpse of a humpback whale whilst sipping on your beer. We’ll ching to that.

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As you can see, East Coast Australia serves up some seriously good beach action, but now for the real challenge how to tick them all off?…

Why not explore these areas and more as part of a tour with like-minded global wanderers? Less hassle, accommodation sorted, a guaranteed spot on an air-con coach, wifi and the opportunity to make some new pals too.

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