A-Z of Australia's Best Beaches
Here in Australia we're pretty spoilt for choices when it comes to beautiful beaches, there's literally thousands of them scattered around our stunning coastline.
I've been lucky enough to visit many of them in my travels and having recently ticked off all 26 letters of the alphabet, I've put together my guide to the A-Z of Australia's Best Beaches. Hopefully you too can get the chance to visit all 26 of these beauties, I've got to say letter X was the most difficult to track down but it was also one of the best beaches I've seen anywhere in the world!
Alma Bay, Magnetic Island - Queensland
Kicking off the A-Z of Australia's Best Beaches is this little gem on Magnetic Island in north Queensland. Alma Bay is one of the most popular beaches in the Townsville region and is patrolled by the Arcadia Surf Life Saving Club. It's easy to see why it's so popular with such a stunning backdrop and being in north Queensland, its warm and calm waters are perfect for a swim all year round.
Getting to Magnetic Island and Alma Bay is very easy as well, it's just a 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville and once you're on the island you can either catch a bus or hire a car to get around. With the main road around the island running right alongside the beach at Alma Bay, there's easy access to it as well as a great cafe and restaurant just across the road.
Blue Haven, Esperance - Western Australia
Next up is one of the best beach stairways in Australia and also some of the bluest water you'll ever see. The B spot on my A-Z of Australia's Best Beaches is Blue Haven in Esperance!
Just 10mins from town on the Great Ocean Drive, Blue Haven is a must stop on the 40km loop. Take the exit to Salmon Beach and then follow the road around to the left and up the hill and you'll arrive at the Blue Haven carpark. The carpark can be a bit crowded on weekends but if you get there early or if you visit during the week, you'll be able to find a spot fairly easily.
The stairway down to the beach will blow you away and there's a couple of viewing platforms where you can stop along the way to get photos of the incredible views.
If you're feeling a little adventurous, follow the walking track at the carpark to the right and make your way over to the huge granite boulder headland. Here you'll enjoy some spectacular views from a unique perspective.
Cape Hillsborough, Mackay - Queensland
Third on my A-Z of Australia's Best Beaches is the unique Cape Hillsborough! Around 40mins drive north of Mackay, this spot has become famous over the last couple of years for the kangaroos and wallabies that visit the beach.
Every sunrise they hop on down to feed on the seaweed and mangrove seed pods that wash up overnight. As the kangaroos and wallabies prefer to feed on the beach at sunrise, you'll need to be here early to get your happy snaps for Instagram. One option is to stay overnight at the Cape Hillsborough Nature Resort and then just walk down from your room. You can also book a tour with the experienced guide Ranger Sam and learn more about these famous Aussie icons.
For those that love a bit of a sleep in, the winter months are the best time to visit as the sun rises later during June and July. While you're here, be sure to check out the fantastic walking tracks around the national park too, there's a couple of sensational lookouts where you can spot turtles and even whales swimming past during their winter migration.
Dorilla Beach, East Bedarra Retreat - Queensland
If you're looking for a palm tree lined paradise, you don't need to look any further than Dorilla Beach! Guests staying at East Bedarra Retreat are in for a real treat with this little stunning stretch of sand just a couple of minutes walk from the retreat. With crystal clear waters, huge granite boulders and those iconic palms that hang out over the water, you'll be in tropical heaven.
Around 25mins by boat from Mission Beach, Dorilla Beach is also a popular spot to see turtles with them frequently seen swimming just off the beach.
Coming up next is the letter E, what's your suggestion for Australia's most beautiful "E" beach?