10 best beaches to hit in Australia this year

The weather has been warming up nicely in Australia at present. With that comes the time to hit the surf! So grab your boardies (surf shorts), your togs (swimming costume) and get ready for some action. Here are our favourite beaches in Australia.

Noosa, Australia. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

1. Noosa, Queensland
If you like more of a bay experience then big surf, Noosa is the ultimate relaxed beach experience on Queensland’s sunshine coast. There are also some wonderful hidden beaches dotted throughout the National Park on the Noosa headland.
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2. Agnes Waters and Town of 1770
Agnes Waters is often considered one of the best kept secrets on the Queensland coast. Not only is it close to the Great Barrier Reef but it also has fabulous beaches great for surfing, swimming, sailing or even 4WDing. You can also bushwalk, go birdwatching or kick back and relax in this place.
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3. Bells Beach, Melbourne
Famous Bells featured in the Patrick Swayze/Keanu Reeves film Point Break (although officially it was filmed elsewhere). This is the place to come around the Melbourne area for good swells.
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4. Apollo Bay, Victoria
If you fancy a surfing sojourn along one of Australia’s greatest drives–the Great Ocean Road–stop in at Apollo Bay for some thumping action.
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5. Maroubra, Sydney
Made famous by the documentary about the surfing gang members from the Sydney suburb, the Maroubra surf is as good a place as any in Sydney to get some action – and without the crowds of Bondi.
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Cabarita beach action, New South Wales. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

6. Cabarita, New South Wales
This gorgeous stretch of coast in northern New South Wales features gorgeous yellow sands, rocky stunning coast and plenty of waves if you fancy some action.
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7. Cottlesloe, Perth
This beach right in the heart of the city is a favourite with all Perth-siders for swimming, surfing, snorkelling, sun baking and just having a great time. There are some brilliant walking/cycling tracks also along the coastline. You can have breakfast or beer in the local pubs too.
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There's nothing like a camel ride on cable beach with a stunning summer sunset. Alice Bell, Middleton, SA Image taken at Cable Beach, WA. Pic: Tourism Australia

8. Cable Beach, Broome
The ultimate travel experience in Broome is to take a camel ride at sunset along Cable Beach. The reality is that there are plenty of beaches in the area beyond Cable and all are lovely. Middle Lagoon, Roebuck Bay and Riddell Beach are all worth checking out.
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9. Glenelg, Adelaide
The choice of beaches around Adelaide is almost endless – something that might surprise visitors. The busiest options are Glenelg and Henley Beach within 10km of the city and more accessible for travellers. But there are other fantastic ones not far away (Brighton, Adlinga and Boomer for example). Glenelg is the most popular and is clean, safe and has wonderful sandy areas and picnic spots and a good esplanade with cafes and bars.
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10. Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
Remote and beautiful, this beach is tucked away on the Freycinet Peninsula but just three hours from Hobart. You might not think of beaches when you come to Tasmania but this one is definitely worth it. Look out for dolphins and whales, enjoy the walking paths and crescent moon shaped sandy beach.
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