Australian Beaches

There are a lot of great Australian beaches.

With no land borders and covering the whole continent, Australia has got a very long coastline and a lot of beautiful beaches.



Bondi Beach, One of the City's Southern Ocean Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Probably the most famous one for international travellers is Bondi Beach in Sydney. But the city also has some other great ones such as Bronte, Coogee and Manly Beaches.

Manly Beach, Manly, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Melbourne has got St Kilda, Adelaide's most famous beach is Glenelg, and Perth has Cottesloe and Scarborough.

Beach Scene with Beach Huts at Brighton Beach, Brighton, Victoria, Australia
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Torquay, Australia April 8 - Sunny Garcia
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Watego's Beach, New South Wales
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Swimmers at Cottesloe Beach with Indiana Teahouse on the Beachfront
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Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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In northern Australia, Broome has its world famous Cable Beach, but that's the only famous one.

Mountain Bikes and Cable Beach, Broome
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Darwin's beaches tend to be frequented by crocodiles, and many Queensland beaches lack the exciting waves due to the Great Barrier Reef even though there are exceptions. Townsville and Cairns are known for their Northern Beaches.

Four Mile Beach with Coconut Palm Trees, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia, Pacific
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Whitehaven Beach on the East Coast, Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia
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Dangers on Australian Beaches

When I first came to Australia, I was amazed to see so many beautiful - but empty (!!??) beaches. Being from Europe where everyone loves swimming and sunbaking, and coming to Australia which is a sunny country surrounded by lots and lots of beaches, this was the last thing I had expected to see. Bondi Beach in Sydney looked 'normal' to me - but that's only because it's all full of European backpackers. Australians have a totally different approach to beaches.

Sunbathers at North Bondi on a Summer Afternoon, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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And there are reasons for it. Firstly, Australians don't sunbake anymore as they used to, for a good reason - the sun here is very strong thanks to conditions in the ozone layer above us, and causes much more skin cancer than sun in Europe or north America.

Tamarama, Fashional Beach South of Bondi, Eastern Suburbs, New South Wales, Australia
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Secondly, ocean water is the most dangerous environment in Australia when it comes to dangerous animals. Australia is so famous as a country of dangerous creatures, but most of them are in the water.

The Beach at Tamarama, South of Bondi in the Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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We haven't got large land predators, so the only dangerous land animals are snakes and spiders. But in the ocean, there are sharks, stone fish, marine snakes, fire fish, cone shells, you name it... + in northern Australia we have crocodiles and deadly jellyfish. Good enough a reason to use Australian beaches for a picnic in the shade or a game of cricket.. but then again, of course, there are exceptions, particularly in the big cities like Sydney and Melbourne.

Morning Exercises at Bondi Beach, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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If you do go swimming - do read warning signs and make use of stinger nets.. and always swim between the yellow-red flags on Australian beaches.










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Love Bronte! Much less crowded than Bondi and Just as good! Nice for a shady picnic too.

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