Best Beaches

Submitted: Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 11:44
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So Trip Advisor has come up with a list of the worlds, and Australias best beaches :have a look at a report here

Australia's best beaches come up as

Australia's top 20 beaches

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, QLD
Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, WA
Cable Beach, Broome, WA
Shelly Beach, Sydney, NSW
Burleigh Heads Beach, Burleigh Heads, QLD
Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, QLD
Manly Beach, Sydney, NSW
Cottesloe Beach, Cottesloe, WA
Noosa Main Beach, Noosa, QLD
Coolangatta Beach, Coolangatta, QLD
The Strand, Townsville, QLD
Palm Cove Beach, Palm Cove, QLD
Palm Beach, Sydney, NSW
Seventy-Five Mile Beach, Fraser Island, QLD
Greens Pool, Denmark, WA
Surfers Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Balmoral, Sydney, NSW
Cronulla Beach Walk, Sydney, NSW
Ned’s Beach, Lord Howe Island, NSW
Mindil Beach, Darwin, NT

I guess everyone's criteria will vary for what makes a great beach. A few of the beaches on that list I would call over-rated, but the beaches I really like dont get visited by crowds of people for most of the year.

Interested to see what do EOers think about these lists?

Here is a not very good photo of one of my favourite beaches



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Reply By: Member - Sanantone - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 12:01

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 12:01
I always thought Bondi was supposed to be one of our premier beaches, it didn't even get a mention.

For me, Soldiers Beach at Norah Head is pretty good.
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 12:07

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 12:07
Hi Val,

One of the best beaches is right at our doorstep but I 'aint telling where it is!
No, it's not toffy Noosa! LOL


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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 12:16

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 12:16
Good idea to keep quiet about it Allan. We were greatly taken by the beaches near you when we were first up that way about 50 years ago. There are some beautiful beaches along the NSW coast too.

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Reply By: Rustynails59 - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 12:38

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 12:38
any beach is better than sitting in an office 8 hours a day!
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 13:06

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 13:06
Ditto. A sandbar on the Murray even!
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 14:14

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 14:14
Beach quality is inversely proportional to the number od people on it.
That scratches Cable Beach, and most of the rest on the list too.

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Follow Up By: Barbera72 - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:42

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:42
Agree. TripAdvisor criteria must count on most visited beaches by travellers entry and their rating, a formula used also for top destinations and city landmarks.
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Reply By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 14:19

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 14:19
Might be Esperance to Cape Le Grand Val?

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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 14:52

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 14:52
Close John, but no, not quite. I thought you would have spotted it straight away!
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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:02

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:02
Ok, ok, how about eastwards to Mt Arid....

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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:08

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:08
No, getting colder!
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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:14

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:14
Bremer Beach, or I give up :-).

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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:21

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:21
Not quite. Patience and all will be revealed :-)) Find some more wildflowers to sooth the suspense!
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Reply By: Krooznalong - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 14:20

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 14:20
G'day Val
Any beach that's packed with people gets demoted in my view (only thing those beaches are good for is perving on fit young chicks :-). But from a top beach aspect I much prefer solitude.
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Reply By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 14:54

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 14:54
Funny, normally Hyams Beach cracks a mention....

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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 14:56

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 14:56
Mindil Beach is great for the markets, but it's a cr*p beach otherwise - can't swim there.
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Reply By: RUMPLE AND FETISH - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 14:59

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 14:59
Is that doughty island in background
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Follow Up By: RUMPLE AND FETISH - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:02

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:02
Hang on thats Cape Arid
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:17

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:17
Sorry, but no. This is Cape Arid, complete with cycad. Thats a pretty good beach too.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rowdy6032 (WA) - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 19:16

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 19:16
Thought you may like to have a look at this one of Cape Arid from the campsite.



Also Little Tagon


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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 20:26

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 20:26
Thanks Rowdy, have to agree that Tagon is a beautiful beach. We have a photo like yours, taken from a similar spot on the access path, and there are flowers all along the track - lovely. Those newish top campsites have wonderful views but are a tad exposed if a front comes through. Next time we are in the west we will allow more time at Cape Arid, its such a beautiful place.

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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:35

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:35
Trigelow Beach looking to Pt. Ann
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:45

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:45
Oh so close Allan but not quite - but then you wouldn't want to spoil it for our WA friends would you?
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:50

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 15:50
OK Val, I'll behave. Just thought I had seen that view somewhere in my rambles. ;-)
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 16:41

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 16:41
Allan and John were very close. Its Point Charles Bay looking east towards what must be Thumb Peak from the beach access at the NP campground at Point Ann in the Fitzgerald River NP. If you look closely you can actually see a whale - they come right close inshore which, apart from the dazzling sand, turquoise water and background scenery, makes this one of those special places. Oh, and did I mention the wildflowers?
Must say though that I hadn't before noticed the similarity to some views towards Cape Arid from the camping areas there.

Anyway, that was a but of fun, now back to the beach ...

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Reply By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 16:54

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Reply By: SDG - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 17:59

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 17:59
Sand---Check
Sun---Check
Water---Check
No body within cooee---Check

Good Beach.
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Reply By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 20:33

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 20:33
I'm a bit surprised neither Lucky Bay or the even better Wharton Beach east of Esperance, WA are not on the list. I'd have them no 1 & no 2 in the world!
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Reply By: disco driver - Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 00:10

Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 00:10
Any beach where the sun sets over the ocean and a couple of special places for me.
Greens pool/Madfish Bay/Waterfall beach west of Denmark WA and a couple of very special small isolated beaches along the Zuytdorp Cliffs north of Kalbarri.
The Denmark ones are usually fairly busy but still very scenic, the Zuytdorp ones very unsafe for swimming but the fishing is another story.

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Reply By: The Explorer - Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 11:03

Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 11:03
Don't forget some more "Beach" comments/photos in this recent thread HERE

just to torment ourselves some more while sitting at home...




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Reply By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 17:21

Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 17:21
Can you drive on any of those beaches? If not, they simply do not rate!

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Follow Up By: get outmore - Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 18:43

Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 18:43
Cable beach... yes some
Turquoise bay. No
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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 20:33

Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 20:33
I reckon some of the voters must have been Great Whites - Cottesloe? Nice real estate nearby but a very ordinary beach. Unless you are a shark.

And Four Mile at Port Douglas? Go in for a dip there and it'll be your last. And for much of the year the water is a murky brown mess.

Balmoral in Sydney Harbour used to be renowned for the white pointers. They've probably banned them now.

Frankly, that's the most ridiculous list I've ever seen. A total crock (if not a box jelly fish or irukandji).

The best beach holiday I ever had was at a beach in a state that didn't even get a mention. Crystal clear water, friendly seals, great surf, magnificent rocky scenery, and almost no-one to bother us - late February 1971 Tidal River at Wilsons Promontory.

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Reply By: Penchy - Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 08:51

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 08:51
Clearly we all have different opinions on what makes a great beach, and I agree with most of you that the above list is a poor one, and one that has been compiled by overseas travellers and not Australians.

What makes a good beach to me?
Good, clean, fine sand - not pebbly, stoney stuff.
Parking close to, or on the sand.
A good surf break as I love a body bash.
Clean water
Maybe a nearby pub (not neccessary though).
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It doesn't bother me if there is a few people around as I like to have a chat to strangers, but if it's like Coogee on a 40 degree day I'll just drive past.
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