A-Z of Australia's Best Beaches

The ONLY list where you'll find Australia's rarest beach, a beach beginning with the letter "X"!

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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 well worth the wait!

A - Alma Bay, Magnetic Island - Queensland

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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.

B - Blue Haven, Esperance - Western Australia

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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.

C - Cape Hillsborough, Mackay - Queensland

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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 Tourist Park and then just walk down from your room. 

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.

D - Dorilla Beach, East Bedarra Retreat - Queensland

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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.

E - East Woody Point, East Arnhem Land - Northern Territory

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The sunset spot of choice for locals in East Arnhem Land, East Woody Point is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down over the Arafura Sea.

Just 4km from Nhulunbuy, it's an absolute must when you're visiting the area. You can't beat sitting back on the giant boulders and soaking in the 360 degree views over Melville Bay!

F - Fishermans Beach, Great Keppel Island - Queensland

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The main beach on Great Keppel Island, Fishermans Beach is where you disembark the ferry when you first arrive on GKI. The calm waters here are great for stand up paddle boarding or a refreshing swim and it's just a short walk to the island's cafe and several accommodation options.

G - Golden Island Beach, Eyre Peninsula - South Australia

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Golden Island Beach in the Coffin Bay National Park on the Eyre Peninsula is a real surprise packet, I certainly wasn't expecting such bright white sand and turquoise waters! I'm not sure if it has the whitest sand in South Australia but it would have to be very close!

H - Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay - New South Wales

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Officially crowned the whitest beach in NSW, Hyams Beach is a hugely popular spot on the NSW South Coast. I'd recommend visiting during the week to avoid the crowds as it can be difficult to find a car park on weekends.

The White Sands Walk is a great way to explore the coastline around here and it'll take you to Greenfield and Chinamans Beaches as well.

I - Indian Head, Fraser Island - Queensland

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At the most eastern point of Fraser Island, Indian Head has some absolutely stunning views. You'll need a 4wd vehicle to access this gem or alternatively you can book one of the tours that visit here daily. Not far from here are the Champagne Pools, the perfect spot for a relaxing swim!

J - Jenny Lind Creek Beach, Bustard Head - Queensland

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Named after the schooner "Jenny Lind" that ran aground at the creek mouth here in 1857, this is a spectacular little stop off on the 1770 Larc Tours around Bustard Bay. To visit this beach you'll need to do the full day Paradise Tour that includes a visit to Bustard Head Lightstation, Queensland's first coastal lighthouse and the only operating lighting house in Queensland that the general public can go inside.

K - Kendalls Beach, Kiama - New South Wales

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Having spent many summer holidays staying here at the caravan park, Kendalls Beach in Kiama is one of my favourite beaches in NSW. It's a bit quieter than the neighbouring Surf Beach and the calmer waters are great for a swim or body boarding. 

The stair case at the northern end offers great views back across the beach and it's also part of the Kiama Coast Walk from Minnamurra River to Gerringong.  

L - Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park - Western Australia

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Home to the whitest sand in Australia, Lucky Bay is an absolute must visit for beach lovers!

It's about a 45min drive from Esperance to Lucky Bay and it's also where you'll find the world famous kangaroos that have become an Instagram icon. The southern end of the beach where the most seaweed is seems to be their favourite hangout and early morning or late afternoon are the pick of the times to spot them.

You can also camp here overnight and with these incredible views you'd be crazy not to!

M - Mon Repos, Bundaberg - Queensland

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Turtle lovers will be in seventh heaven here! Each year between November and March, turtles nest and hatch on the shores of Mon Repos. You can book a ticket to the nightly Turtle Tours that run from the Mon Repos Turtle Centre. These tours are operated by Park Rangers and you'll learn all about these amazing creatures and why Mon Repos is such an important place for turtles.     

N - Ned's Beach, Lord Howe Island - New South Wales

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With some of the friendliest fish you'll ever meet, Ned's Beach is a must visit at Lord Howe Island!

Just 5 minutes by bike from the main lagoon, the crystal clear waters here are teeming with schools of mullet, wrasse, garfish and drummers. With a food dispenser on the beach selling  small containers of nutritional pellets, the fish are always nearby waiting for a feed and make sure you go for a snorkel as well, the coral gardens just a short swim from shore are sensational!

O - One Mile Beach, Forster - New South Wales

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One of Forster's best known beaches, it's a top spot to watch the sun come up. At the southern end is the surf club and some really photogenic stairs while at the northern end is a giant sand dune that's perfect for some sand boarding. If you're lucky you might even spot a few dolphins swimming below!

P - Parker Point, Rottnest Island - Western Australia

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Amazing views, adorable quokkas and with the world's most southerly tropical coral reef to snorkel around, what more could you possibly want! Parker Point on Rottnest Island is a real stunner and has something for everyone. It's a popular stop off on the Rottnest Island hop on/ hop off bus tour or if you're feeling a little more adventurous, it's just a short ride from the settlement.

Q - Queen's Beach, Bowen - Queensland

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The longest beach in Bowen, Queen's Beach has plenty to offer with several caravan parks, Sunday markets and a golf club along its shoreline. It's also a top spot for some fishing or just kicking back and watching one of Bowen's famous stunning sunsets!

Be sure to also check out the nearby Cape Edgecumbe Walking Trail to explore a few more of Bowen's beautiful beaches!

R - Red Rock Beach, Agnes Water - Queensland

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Located just south of Agnes Water, the Red Rock Walking Trail is one of my favourite walks in Queensland. The track starts at Springs Beach and takes about an hour to reach Red Rock but I'd recommend allowing at least 2 hours to get there as there's several spots to stop at for photos. 

Keep an eye out for the wallabies that live around here, I've counted as many as 20 wallabies at once just near Rocky Point!

S - South Mandu, Sal Salis Ningaloo - Western Australia

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Rugged outback vistas, a vibrant marine eco system and the ultimate 5 star camping experience all combine to make Sal Salis at South Mandu one of the most incredible places on earth.

As a part of the Ningaloo marine park, you can snorkel incredible coral reefs straight off the beach and also head out on day trips to swim with whale sharks and hump back whales.

T - Tea Tree Bay, Noosa National Park - Queensland

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Nestled in amongst the Noosa National Park, Tea Tree Bay is a beautiful little stretch of sand that's also a top surf spot. It's about a 15min walk from the Noosa National Park carpark and be sure to keep an eye out for the famous koalas in the trees above! I'd recommend doing the whole National Park walk while you're in Noosa and maybe even break it up over a couple of days, there's so much to see and so many beautiful spots to relax at that you definitely don't want to rush your time here.

U - Ulladulla - New South Wales

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There's no shortage of beautiful beaches around Ulladulla and with something for everyone including surfers and families, it's easy to fall in love with this South Coast gem. While you're here check out the Gondwana Coast Fossil Walk where you'll learn to recognise the different groups of fossils and take a walk back in time to 270 million years ago!

V - Vlamingh Head, Exmouth - Western Australia

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Located just a short drive from Exmouth, Vlamingh Head is a popular spot with spectacular views of Ningaloo Reef. There's a lighthouse at the top of the hill and if you're there during the winter months you might even be lucky enough to spot the migrating humpback whales!

W - Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays - Queensland

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I've lost count of the number of times I've been to Whitehaven Beach and every time I'm here I'm still absolutely blown away by its beauty. The stunning silica sands and turquoise waters are phenomenal and it's easy to see why it's one of the most photographed places in Australia.

When booking a day trip here make sure the tour visits both the southern and northern ends of Whitehaven. The southern end has a new lookout with great views over Whitehaven Beach and Chance Bay. The northern end has the Hill Inlet lookouts and the world famous views that most people associate with Whitehaven Beach. You can also book helicopter and sea plane tours to see the island from above and depending on the tour you can also have your very own private picnic on the beach!

X - Xylophone Beach, Middle Island - Queensland

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How would you like to name your very own beach? We were on a day trip around Great Keppel Island with Keppel Explorer when the skipper pulled up to this little beach at Middle Island. He told us that it doesn't have a name and as such, each day the first person who sets foot on the beach gets to name the beach.

This was great news for me as I had found a beach for every other letter of the alphabet except for X. I named it Xylophone Beach as it was the only word I could think of starting with the letter X!

What would you name your very own beach?   

Y - Yanks Jetty, Orpheus Island - Queensland

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Accessible only by boat, Yanks Jetty is the perfect little picnic spot when staying at Orpheus Island Lodge. The team will put together a delicious hamper and then you can take one of their motorised dinghies around to this quiet little gem. If you're bringing your own boat from the mainland, it's also possible to get a permit from Qld parks and camp here or alternatively SeaLink also do day trips from Townsville during certain times of the year.

Z - Zoe Bay, Hinchinbrook Island - Queensland

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Zoe Bay would have to be one of the most remote spots on this list but it's also one of the most beautiful. Located on Hinchinbrook Island, only 40 people are allowed to stay on the island at any one time. I visited when I was staying at the nearby Orpheus Island Lodge and it's a real treat to be able to spend an afternoon here. From the bay, follow the track to Zoe Falls where you'll be greeted by a stunning swimming hole filled with fish. Depending on the time of year, the waterfall can also be flowing and if you follow the track to the top (complete with rope ladder!) you'll find a breathtaking infinity pool complete with incredible views over Zoe Bay!

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