Australia's beach lifestyle

Oceans on all sides

Australia is surrounded by three oceans – the Pacific, the Indian and the Southern. There are 7000 officially identified beaches around Australia’s coastline, more than in any other Australian beachcountry in the world, and every single one of them is accessible to the general public.

What is surprising is that given Australia’s size and landmass, 80% of the Australian population lives within 50 kilometres of the coast, clearly choosing to make the beach a real part of their lives.

A true beach culture

Australia’s beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. With white sand, warm turquoise seas, blue skies, spectacular wild and marine life, it is a testament to Australia’s sheer size that many of its beaches remain nearly empty year-round, especially on the west coast of the continent.

As a society, Australia has claimed the ‘beach culture’ as its own, and the rest of the world honours the claim. Fashion labels, recreational sports, careers, music, arts and lifestyles revolve around the beach.

Where to go?

The beaches along the eastern side of the country are significantly more populated and well-known globally, leaving unspoiled havens to those willing to travel west.

World-famous Bondi Beach in Sydney is known for its surf and provides a fantastic arena for people-watching.

Queensland’s Mission Beach, in contrast, is almost totally deserted, with rainforest edging the blindingly white sand.

Monkey Beach, and its resort Monkey Mia in Western Australia, is famous for its friendly bottlenose dolphins, which happily interact with humans.

The largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island, is home to 75 Mile Beach, surrounded by some of the world’s most shark-infested waters on one side and one of Australia’s largest wild dingo colonies on the other. But it’s not all wild and scary on Fraser Island – it is here visitors can see, and swim in, what are arguably the most beautiful and spectacular freshwater lakes in the world.

Bells Beach, on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, is home to legendary surf. On Cable Beach at Broome you’ll find camels loping through idyllic sunsets. And out-of-the-way Hyams Beach, near Jervis Bay, is said to have the whitest sand in the world – so clean it squeaks as you walk.

Each Australian state proudly declares its beaches to be the most beautiful, the most pristine, the least visited, the most visited, the safest or the best. The truth is, they are all incredible, and offer unmatched beauty and lifestyle.


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