Australia has a whopping 10,000-plus beaches.
Some of these rank among the best beaches in the world. Think Bondi Beach, Wineglass Bay, Whitehaven Beach, Burleigh Heads, and Bells Beach among so many others.
Then there are myriad beachfront BIG4 parks overlooking sparkling sandy stretches.
There are also a bucketload of Australian beaches with qualities that extend well beyond beautiful waters and glistening sand, and yet remain relatively accessible.
These are just of the many memorable finds.
Please note: Some of these featured beaches are not suitable for swimming or other water-based activities.
Found on the edge of iconic Daintree National Park, Myall Beach is a stunner in its own right. What sets it apart, though, is its location. It marks the rare meeting point of two World Heritage sites: the Wet Tropics of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef.
Also known as Cape Hillsborough Beach, this sparkling stretch is famed for the mob of kangaroos and wallabies that reliably congregate here at sunrise. It makes for one heck of an iconic Australian experience.
Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Mackay Blacks Beach Holiday Park
Ancient colourful cliffs that backdrop this expansive beach and surrounding town of the same name are the headline stealers in these parts. Nearby is another slice of eye candy – a quirky moonscape-like sand mass named Carlo Sand Blow.
Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Rainbow Beach Holiday Park.
Technically, this is not a beach, but being the Gold Coast you can expect plenty nearby. What makes this sparkling spot a standout – and adds to its popularity – is a wonderful, protected positioning sandwiched between Burleigh Heads National Park and Palm Beach. Still expect sandy shores and water leisure aplenty.
Phillip Island beaches are bountiful and beautiful in equal parts with versatile appeal, from surfing to penguin gazing. This one grabs attention for its sheer beauty and versatility. Swimming, surfing, and snorkelling all appeal here while there are rockpools and a nearby shipwreck, too.
The setting alone makes this one of the best beaches on the Great Ocean Road. Plant your feet on a generous patch of soft golden sand while being surrounded by towering limestone cliffs. Incredible.
There’s a good reason this beach is so named. Walk along the dry sand and you’re bound to create a notable squeaking sound. It partly explains why this is such a well-loved beach, but the combination of glorious white sand and turquoise water helps, too. A great day trip from Inverloch.
Nearest BIG4 accommodation: BIG4 Inverloch Holiday Park.
Flanked by headlands, this South Coast NSW beach epitomises the region’s gripping beauty. The star factor here is the regular appearance of sand-loving kangaroos. And Murramarang warrants further exploration thanks to more brilliant beaches and other visual delights.
Nearby accommodation: BIG4 parks in Batemans Bay region.
Star-studded Myall Lakes National Park has ample coastline within its boundaries, and Mungo is an attention-grabber. This is one of the longest beaches in NSW and is untamed with towering dunes and big surf. And there are more sedate finds within these surrounds if that’s more your style.
Nearby accommodation: BIG4 River Myall Holiday Resort.
This gorgeous slice of coastline is aided by a cluster of sea caves that are found at the beach’s southern end, best explored at low tide. Cue a selection of Insta-worthy pics.
Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Lake Macquarie.
Yuraygir explodes with incredible scenery, led by a long stretch of untouched coastline. Along it you’ll find this isolated jewel, accurately named for the vivid cliffs that back onto the small stretch of sand. This is a prized spot for photographers.
Pristine beaches abound in Freycinet National Park. What is somewhat unique about this one is its versatility. Your toes can hit the sand after the shortest of walks from the car park, but then it’s up to you to decide how much of this fabulous 5km-long stretch you want to explore.
Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park.
While not safe for swimming, Tasmania’s longest beach has ample allure. It’s dramatic and wild yet incredibly attractive – the sunsets here can be astonishing. And Ocean Beach provides a quirky feeling of being a world away from civilisation despite starting just a few kilometres from Strahan’s centre. One to remember.
Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Strahan Holiday Retreat.
This pebbly northwest beach is a gift for photographers, enhanced by the presence of rockpools. But the biggest drawcard here is a colony of little penguins that comes to shore each evening, and which can be admired from a designated viewing platform.
Fleurieu Peninsula beaches are renowned for their beauty, and this pocket rocket is among the favourites. Its unique edge is in the form of a towering backdrop of gigantic rocky cliffs and the presence of other geological gems. It’s well-suited to various water-based activities, too.
This is one of the best beaches on the Yorke Peninsula – there are many – owing to a seemingly endless stretch of white sand and aqua waters. This unforgettable sight makes it an Instagram favourite, and these waters are well-loved by anglers, too.
Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks Port Hughes.
If you want to witness coastline with the wow-factor, tour the Eyre Peninsula. It teems with dazzling beaches with all sorts of sensational scenery and, in some cases, you’ll likely be the only one soaking up the sights. Talia Beach’s rocky landscape is one that should not be missed.
Hamelin Bay has all the winning ingredients that you’d expect from a Margaret River beach, including white sand, aqua waters, and vibrant coastal cliffs. The point of difference here is the thrilling sight of stingrays that often gather near the shoreline, especially on calm, clear days. The official advice is to look but not touch.
Albany has pretty beaches of its own, but it pays to take the 40km drive to this dazzling reserve to admire the eye-catching coastline. Little Beach is like paradise: wondrous white sand, vibrant blue waters, and striking granite boulders create a wow-factor scene. And don’t miss Waterfall Beach while you’re here.
Part of the Shark Bay World Heritage area and located between Geraldton and Carnarvon, Francois Peron bedazzles with its many landscapes. And it doesn’t get more striking than at Cape Peron where the colour variation of white beach, blue waters, and red cliffs is jaw-dropping.