When you think of Australia I am sure your mind immediately pictures a beautiful white sandy beach. The country is known for its amazing coast line and some of you may not realize that the best beaches Australia has to offer are located on the West Coast. Often forgotten in tourist magazines or advertising campaigns Western Australia is truly an untouched gem waiting to be explored. Read on as I countdown the 10 best beaches in Western Australia.
10. Monkey Mia
Kicking off the top 8 beaches in Western Australia is Monkey Mia which is located in Western Australia's North West. Here you can see the resident dolphins and if you are lucky enough, hand them a fish during their morning feedings. You can also book a boat tour which will take you out to see tiger sharks, dugons and sea turtles.
9. Rottnest Island
Rottnest is an island located approximately 25km from Perth. The only way to reach the island is by boat and there are ferry services which run daily from Fremantle, Perth City and Hillarys Boat Harbor. On the island there is no shortage of beaches to choose from. I am not going to single any particular one out as they are all amazing. Be sure to enjoy the snorkeling and say hello to the friendly Quokkas who are permanent residents on the island. Its not hard to see why they are named the worlds happiest animal with their faces always glued in a smile.
8. Floreat Beach
Looking for white sand, clear water and an amazing pub, than Floreat is the beach for you. Located 12km from Perth City this beach is perfect for a lazy weekend of swimming, eating and drinking.
7. Prevelly Beach
Directly adjacent to Western Australia's amazing wine region it is not hard to see why Prevelly Beach is so popular. After you have finished exploring all the wineries and brewery's the region has to offer, stop here for a quick dip to cool off.
Cottesloe beach is located just a short drive from Perth City and once a year plays host to my favorite festival "Sculptures by the Sea". Aside from that you will find beautiful clear water, white sand, grassy areas perfect for sunset picnics as well as a number of bars and restaurants a stones throw from the shoreline.
5. Shell Beach
Shell Beach is located in Australia's North West just outside of Monkey Mia. The beach is made up entirely of cockrill shells but don't worry they aren't painful to walk on. While you wont visit this beach for a swim, it tends to be quite shallow and high in salt, you will enjoy walking along the shore line and seeing the millions of shells that make up the beach.
4. Greens Pool
Greens Pool is located in Western Australia's South West just outside of Denmark. With its crystal clear waters, beautiful rock formations and clean white sand it is clear to see why this is a local favorite. The only downside to this beach is its location, as its situated quite far south the waters can sometimes be quite cold, but don't be scared its worth it.
3. Coral Bay
Coral Bay is a very small coastal town located in Western Australia's North West, with limited accommodation it is important to book early if you want to visit. That being said Coral Bay lives up to its name and showcases some of the largest pieces of hard coral I have ever seen. The entire bay is filled with coral and marine life and you don't have to swim far to get up close and personal with a range of sea creatures.
2. Turquoise Bay
Turquoise Bay is located in the Cape Rage National Park a short drive from Esperance in Western Australia's North West. As the name would suggest the water is the most vibrant turquoise color and will not disappoint travelers year round. Turquoise Bay is unique as it not only boasts beautiful water and clean white sand but it is also an amazing spot for snorkeling. Launching yourself from the beach you don't have to swim far to encounter some of the most magnificent sea life imaginable. In only 2 days I swam with 5 reef sharks, 3 sea turtles, stingrays and hundreds of fish.
1. Lucky Bay
Coming in at number 1, Lucky Bay is located in the Cape La Grange National Park outside of Esperance in Western Australia's South West. It boasts crystal clear turquoise water that laps on almost glaringly white sand, which is why it was named Australia's whitest beach. The bay is surrounded by rock formations which enclose the bay rising from the sea in a range of colors, leaving it a sight to behold. Lets not forget the friendly local kangaroos who are often spotted lounging under peoples umbrellas or raiding their picnic baskets. See for yourself why I am naming it the Best Beach in Western Australia!
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