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Australian beaches

With more than 16,000 miles of coastline, it is little surprise that Australia is home to some of the best and most beautiful beaches in the world. Those looking to emigrate to Australia for a life of sun, sea and sand are spoilt for choice when it comes to gorgeous beachside destinations, so how do you choose just one? To help you narrow down your search, Australia Property Guides share five of their favourite Australian destinations for beach lovers

The best beaches in Australia 

Bondi Beach

Renowned around the world for its excellent surf, golden sand and laidback vibe, Bondi Beach in Sydney is arguably ‘the’ destination for beach lovers. 

There’s plenty to keep you entertained, with two surf clubs offering courses for every ability, a delightful saltwater sea bath at either end of the beach for those looking for a more leisurely dip, and an abundance of beachfront bars, cafes, restaurants and boutique shops – all with that cool, Bondi buzz. 

The beach is just five miles from the centre of Sydney and is incredibly easy to reach from the Sydney central business district via public transport. Unsurprisingly, the sky is the limit for property prices in Bondi itself, with the average home costing around $3.8 million (£2.2 million)! While Sydney is also not particularly cheap, average property prices are considerably lower, at around $1.4 million (£808,000).

Whitehaven Beach 

Found within the spectacular Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven beach is truly a sight to behold. The white sand and crystal-clear turquoise water have made it one of the most popular beaches in Queensland.

You can experience some of the most incredible marine life at Whitehaven. Swim, snorkel or dive in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef alongside turtles, whales and a plethora of tropical fish – it’s a real-life Finding Nemo down there! The shelter of the Great Barrier Reef also means the water is calm, making it the perfect spot for sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking and other water activities. 

You’ll be glad to hear that property on the Whitsundays is surprisingly affordable, however, only eight of the 74 islands have been approved for development. The average home costs around $540,000 (£312,000). Alternatively, look at property in Airlie Beach, the main town on the mainland that is used as an entry point to the Whitsundays. 

Bells Beach

Home to the oldest surfing competition in the world, Bells Beach is iconic in the world of surfing. The hip beach town is located on the southern coast of Victoria, around 10km from Torquay and 107km from Melbourne, and offers great views of the coastline, unique shops and trendy cafes. 

Bells Beach and the surrounding areas offer fantastic rental opportunity too, with thousands of people descending on the area over the Easter weekend to watch the Rip Curl Pro Surfing Competition.

Homes in Bells Beach itself can be pricey, with average property prices of $2,268,000 (£1,300,719), but head just down the road to Torquay where average homes cost $1,305,000 (£748,430).

Cable Beach

With powdery white sand and turquoise waters that shimmer in the sunshine, Cable Beach is a firm favourite among Western Australians. The beach stretches for 22km and has a whole host of interesting and unique offerings, including sunset camel rides and dinosaur footprints! Nearby Broome is famous for its South Sea Pearls, and pearl diving has been a common occupation in the area since the 19th century. You can take guided tours through the pearl farm and explore the heritage museum in Broome. 

Broome, which is just a few kilometres from Cable Beach, is known as a gateway to the Kimberley – an expansive ancient landscape and one of the world’s most precious wilderness regions. The town is far more affordable than the other locations mentioned in this article, with average property prices of just $637,500 (£361,864).

Burleigh Heads

If you’re looking for a beach in a central location within walking distance of city amenities, then Burleigh Heads could be just what you’ve been searching for. 

A suburb of Queensland, on Australia’s Gold Coast, Burleigh Heads offers gorgeous views, a relaxing atmosphere and, of course, great surfing. It is also a lovely place to swim, with areas of calm, protected water.

For those who prefer to spend their time on land, the city boasts plenty of parklands – perfect for a picnic or typical Aussie barbeque – fantastic fish restaurants serving fresh catch of the day, and a quirky café culture. In addition, the beautiful Burleigh Heads National Park is within easy reach and offers excellent walking trails with spectacular views of  the ocean. 

Burleigh Heads is fast becoming one of the hottest areas to buy property on the Gold Coast, and prices reflect this. Average homes in the city cost $1,450,000 (£823,063).