From the happy bustle of popular metropolitan beaches to the isolated beauty of sandy bays accessed only by bush track... we've included the best Aussie beach experiences on our tours.
Esperance Tucked in Le Grand National Park is a picture-postcard beach where you can swim, snorkel, fish or laze about - some kangaroos might even join you! Watch for whales (in season) and dolphins.
Monkey Mia See the famous bottlenose dolphins that visit the beach daily. Nearby Shell Beach is a must-see for its shell-covered 'sands'.
Eighty Mile Beach Picturesque coastline with fabulous, endless views, it's a great spot for fossicking for shells. In summer, turtles come here to nest and millions of migratory birds go past on their way to the Arctic for breeding season.
Cape Leveque Accessed only by 4WD or air, this is home to scenic Buccaneer Archipelago, which is safe for swimming. Go mud crabbing and sea-kayaking with Indigenous guides.
Kangaroo Island Vivonne Bay was declared Australia's best beach out of 10 000 by a Sydney University Professor of Coastal Studies. You can also discover an idyllic 'secret beach' via a rock tunnel at Stokes Bay.
Locks Well Visit one of the state's best salmon fishing beaches – via a man-made, 291-step path cut into cliff face.
Strahan Water Tower Hill has views of Macquarie Harbour and Ocean Beach, and quad bike tours through Henty sand dunes. The beach faces the Southern Ocean, so winds are direct from Antarctica and South America.
Bay of Fires Stroll along gleaming white sands or, in summer, swim in clear turquoise waters. Wineglass Bay is a constant on any top-10 world beaches list. Snuggled in Freycinet National Park, it is reached via a 1hr bushwalk from the carpark. The views are of crystal clear waters overlooking pink granite mountains rising straight from the sea.
Whitsundays Lined with sheltered coves and home to one of Australia's best beaches - Whitehaven Beach. The best way to get here is by sailing over on a million-dollar yacht. Once you're here, enjoy sunbathing, swimming, diving and snorkelling.
Fraser Island The largest sand island in the world and the only place where rainforest grows on sand dunes higher than 200m. Take a 4WD adventure along Seventy Five Mile beach.
Rainbow Beach Taking its name from the rainbow-coloured cliffs that form a stunning backdrop to the beach, there's miles of golden sand waiting for your footprints. A great spot for diving, para and hang gliding, and fishing.
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Byron Bay You can't get further east and still be on Aussie soil than Byron. Known for the local's relaxed, alternative lifestyles, it has rainforest-backed beaches perfect for surfing, swimming and catching some sun, or you can whale watch (in season) or visit the famous lighthouse.
Spot X Adventure Tours' exclusive surf camp has passionate surf instructors keen to get you up and riding the waves during your included surf lesson. Afterwards, chill out at our secluded beach house, sun-bake on crystal white sands or walk around the beautiful headland.
Lakes Entrance The gateway to the Gippsland Lakes is home to Australia's longest beach – Ninety Mile Beach. This thin stretch of coast offers unhindered views, golden sand and an untouched natural landscape ... you might even spot a whale (in season) or dolphin.
Wilsons Promontory Stand on the southern most tip of mainland Australia in this 50 000ha national park. Its 70km of coastline includes Squeaky Beach with pure white quartz sand, and Sealers Cove (a 3hr bushwalk from Tidal River) is worth the trek for its beauty and seclusion. Snorkel or scuba dive along the northern-most tip, where you can spot strangely named fish such as the bastard trumpeter and old wife.
Great Ocean Road This highly scenic route includes world-famous Torquay and Bells Beach (home to the Rip Curl Pro, part of the ASP World Championship Tour). Keep an eye out for coastal landmarks, from the Gibson Steps that take you to the shore for a fabulous view of the Twelve Apostles (giant rock stacks) to Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge, The Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands.
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