From far-flung hideaway to see-and-be-seen hot spots, these six beaches are the best Australia has to offer
For Explorers: Cable Beach, Broome
Adventurous types make the 2 1/2-hour flight from Perth to Western Australia’s exotic pearling port for a frontier-town atmosphere and a 13-mile sweep of white sand.
Hole up at the luxe Cable Beach Club and arrange to join a 32-camel sunset caravan along the beach with Ship of the Desert .
For Serenity Seekers: Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas
How to improve on a pristine arc of shoreline along the Great Barrier Reef? Have it all to yourself. This is Queensland’s discreet bolt-hole for the stealth-wealth set.
Check in to Peppers Beach Club, where the white-on-white interiors and a huge pool are refreshing on steamy summer days.
For Sybarites: Watego’s Beach, Byron Bay
A former whaling town just a two-hour drive from Brisbane, Byron Bay has evolved into a hip beach getaway thanks to an influx of fashion-industry players who love the calm waves and hard-packed sand ideal for yoga sessions.
Book one of 92 suites at the Byron at Byron, set in a tranquil rain forest.
For Scenesters: Bondi Beach, Sydney
Just 20 minutes from downtown, this half-mile crescent is the fulcrum around which Sydney—with its enviable work-life ratio—revolves.
Relax in the seawater pool at Bondi Icebergs, the venerable swimming club on a cliff overlooking the beach.
For Nature Lovers: Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
Go in search of Tasmanian devils and wallabies in their natural habitat at this flawless beach with the Hazards Mountains beyond.
Unpack at the bold Saffire Freycinet, where athletic guides will lead you on a two-hour hike to the bay.
For Surf Bums: Bells Beach, Torquay
Expert surfers ride the ocean swells against a dramatic backdrop of craggy cliffs. Ogle the stars during the annual Rip Curl Pro each Easter, or learn from the pros at Torquay Surf Academy.
Two hours from Melbourne, the beach is an easy day trip along the spectacular Great Ocean Road. In winter, look out for southern right whales.
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Resource References: travelandleisure.com