There's nothing quite like a relaxing beach holiday - except when the beach is overflowing with thousands of tourists.
Australia's coastline is awash with secluded beaches that are great for escaping the crowds.
Here are some of the best secret beaches in Australia.
This sheltered beach’s name suits it perfectly. Whether you’re in the mood for swimming, walking or just simply relaxing on the sand, Peaceful Bay in Western Australia is a great place to spend a few hours. Grab a bite to eat at the nearby fish and chip shop.
Protected by the Ningaloo reef, this beach in the north west is ideal for those fascinated by marine life. The crystal clear waters make snorkelling, or boat trips doubly rewarding. At 260km long, this is the world’s largest fringing reef, and at certain places, it’s just a short swim from the beach. When you’re not ducking beneath the surface with a snorkel, bury your toes in the soft sand and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Shipwrecks, darting fish and precious coral – Rottnest Island is a snorkelers dream. The small island boasts over 60 secluded beaches, but head for Little Parakeet Bay, Pinkies Beach or Parker Point for an especially quiet day of gently lapping waves and soft sand.
Situated in the Point Nepean National Park, this pristine coastline is perfect for walks. Enjoy the fresh ocean air and look out for coastal wildlife, however, strong currents mean that swimming isn’t advised.
According to The Guinness Book of Records, this beach has the whitest sand in the world. Close to both Jervis Bay National Park and Booderee National Park and Botanic Gardens, it is bordered by untouched bush and an abundance of birds and animals.
Eighty Mile Beach
This expansive coastline in Western Australia is not only beautiful, but the wetlands are also important for local and migratory birds. Go towards Broome and you may just be treated to the magical sight of just-hatched flatback turtles heading for the water.