With over 25,760 kilometres of coastline stretching across the Southern Ocean, Indian Ocean and South Pacific, Australia is completely surrounded by water. It is therefore no surprise that Australia is known for some of the most pristine and naturally beautiful beaches in the world. In this article you can read more about the most beautiful beaches in Australia and how to apply for an Australia visa.
Bondi Beach – Sydney
Bondi Beach is without doubt one of the most popular beaches in Australia. The origin of the name Bondi lies in the Aboriginal language. In their language, Bondi means “surf”. It is not a large beach, but it has gained a lot of name recognition through the Australian beach and surf culture. Bondi Beach is only 10 km away from the centre of Sydney and therefore can often be crowded. Keep this in mind when travelling to Australia in high season. From the centre of Sydney, you can reach Bondi Beach in around half an hour.
Turquoise Bay – Western Australia
Turquoise Bay is located in the Cape Range National Park and is part of the Ningaloo Reef. This beach owes its name to the turquoise blue seawater and is sure to appeal to every beach-goer. Off the coast lies the colourful coral reef with a rich underwater world. You will find more than 500 different species of fish, rays, small sharks, turtles and sometimes even dolphins. It is therefore an excellent destination for snorkelling.
Whitehaven Beach – Queensland
The 8-kilometre-long Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and deserves praise. This beach has the purest sand in the world (98% pure silica) and is surrounded by clear azure waters. However, the beach is not only a feast for the eyes. The many bays, lagoons, and coves that the beach is rich in make this an ideal place to explore. Especially on the south side of the beach, there is good snorkelling. If you want to enjoy a beautiful view, you can choose to go to Tongue Lookout Point during low tide, where you have a wide view of the entire bay.
Wineglass Bay – Tasmania
Tasmania may not be the first destination that springs to mind when you think of Australiaʼs most beautiful beaches, but donʼt underestimate this island. The bay, which gets its name from its wineglass-like shape, has chalky white sand beaches, clear blue waters and steep pink granite cliffs to complete the picture. Wineglass Bay is located on the Freycinet peninsula, a three-hour drive from Hobart, and therefore feels completely remote. Yet Wineglass Bay is within easy driving distance of some of the best wineries in Australia.
ou can travel to Tasmania with an Australian visa without any problems. Dutch tourists wishing to travel to Tasmania must comply with the eVisitor visa Australia, which is easy to apply for online. Once the visa is granted, you can stay in Australia for up to 3 consecutive months, during which time you will also have enough time to visit the beaches of Tasmania.
Bells Beach – Victoria
Bells Beach is known for being one of the best surfing beaches in Australia. Every year, the worldʼs best surfers come together to ride the high waves at the Rip Curl Easter Pro. This is the longest running surf contest in the world. The high cliffs surrounding the bay create an impressive backdrop for the big waves crashing over the reefs into the shallow waters, creating spectacular surf. For those who are not so steady on a surfboard, Bells Beach is a great place to enjoy the sun and the surrounding coastal scenery.
Palm Cove – Queensland
With warm, azure waters and a palm-fringed coast, Palm Cove is the closest thing to a tropical Hawaiian beach. Although it may look like it belongs on Maui or Oahu, it is actually on Australian territory north of Cairns, on Queenslandʼs north coast. Palm Cove is an ideal base for trips to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday.
Applying for an Australia visa
Before you leave for your trip to Australia, you will need to apply for an Australian visa. It is advisable to apply for the visa in good time, as you will already have to prove that you have a valid visa when boarding the plane. Tourists from the United Kingdom and Ireland can easily apply online for the tourist visa for Australia, the eVisitor visa Australia. Once granted, the visa is valid for one year, during which you may travel to Australia an unlimited number of times. The maximum stay per trip is three consecutive months.