World snubs top beaches in Australia. Good!

Young couple jumping on the beach

The latest list of the world’s 10 best beaches doesn’t include one stretch of Australian sand. It makes me jump for joy. Lists like these will help our beautiful beaches remain unspoiled for longer on an increasingly crowded planet. Who wants to follow the crowds, anyway?

I’m thrilled millions of TripAdvisor reviewers went to swim somewhere else.

  • The Coastal Studies Unit at the University of Sydney has counted 10,685 beaches in Australia.
  • Australian mainland coastline stretches more than 30,000 km.
  • No privately-owned beaches here – beaches are public places for all to enjoy.
  • They won’t cost you an entry fee, like many European beaches (then there’s a fee for the umbrella, sunlounger, and tips for the guy bringing you a cold drink).

By comparison we’re spoiled for choice, and so are travellers to our country.

Sydney’s famous, golden, 1km-long Bondi Beach is an exception to our uncrowded rule. It’s been loved to death by tourists for decades. But there’s no denying our best-known aquatic playground is still a magnet for tourists and locals alike. Here’s 10 top beaches in Australia for today. With over 10,000 to choose from, it will be different by next week.


10 top beaches in Australia

Top beaches in Australia
Great Keppel Island, Queensland
Top beaches in Australia
Austinmer Beach, New South Wales
Top beaches in Australia
Hyams Beach, NSW
Top beaches in Australia
Cable Beach, Western Australia
Top beaches in Australia
Jervis Bay, NSW
Top beaches in Australia
Maria Island, Tasmania
Queensland beach
Whitsundays, Queensland
Top beaches in Australia
Bondi Beach, Sydney, in summer. Picture: Robert Billington
Bondi Beach in winter
Bondi Beach in winter
Top beaches in Australia
Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Top beaches in Australia
Banubanu Wilderness Retreat, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory

TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Beaches in the World:

1. Grace Bay — Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

2. Baia do Sancho — Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

3. Playa Paraiso — Cayo Largo, Cuba

4. Anse Lazio — Praslin Island, Seychelles

5. Cayo de Agua — Los Roques National Park, Venezuela

6. Flamenco Beach — Culebra, Puerto Rico

7. Playa de Ses Illetes — Formentera, Spain

8. Ngapali Beach — Ngapali, Myanmar

9. West Bay Beach — Bay Islands, Honduras

10. Nacpan Beach — El Nido, Philippines

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