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Top Ten Australian Beach Holidays

May 13, 2010, 2:07 pmYahoo!7

Australia is abundant in fabulous beach holiday destinations. Check out our top ten list for some ideas for your next beach holiday.

Top 10 Australian Beach Holidays

Whether it's a week-long adventure, a weekend mini-break, or a daytrip in the sunshine, get down to your nearest sandy shore as soon as you possibly can.

1) Orpheus Island, QLD

Chill out and enjoy complete relaxation on this luxury Barrier Reef Island. Orpheus Island is located just off the coast of Ingham in northern Queensland and is known for its beautiful fringing reef. The island is only 11 kilometres long and approximately one kilometre wide with the majority of the island composed of a national park.

2) Abrolhos Islands, WA

Swim or snorkel alongside whale sharks, dugongs and manta rays. The Abrolhos Islands lie about 60 kilometres west of Geraldton, on the Western Australian coast, and consist of 122 islands clustered into three main groups: the Wallabi Group, Easter Group and Pelsaert Group, which extend from north to south across 100 kilometres of ocean.

3) Magnetic Island, QLD

Drive around the island's 23 beaches and bays or see crocs and koalas up close. Two thirds of Magnetic Island is National Park with secluded but easily accessible bays and golden beaches. The Island has nearly 25 kilometres of walking tracks meandering through the protected national parks which are home to stands of eucalypts, more than 2,500 free-roaming koalas and 166 different species of wildlife.

4) Seal Rocks, NSW

Holidaying in Sydney and keen for a surfin' road trip? This is THE place to go. Seal Rocks is a small, sleepy beach town south of Forster-Tuncurry and 310 kilometres from Sydney. It's famous for its beaches which are big, beautiful and most importantly, untouched.

5) Kangaroo Island, SA

Kangaroo Island remains one of the most unspoilt natural wonders of the world. You'll find seals basking on quiet beaches; koalas munching on gum trees; echidnas wandering in search of insects; and kangaroos, goannas, wallabies, penguins and birds at just about every turn.

6) Noosa, QLD

Experience white sandy beaches surrounded by lush green hinterland. Located at the northern end of Queenslands Sunshine Coast, Noosa is renowned for its sundrenched beaches, powder white sand and a water temperature that invites year round swimming. And when combined with stylish, low-level architecture nestled against a lush, green hinterland, Noosa is the perfect setting for an unforgettable holiday experience.

7) Margaret River, WA

It's the home of great food and wine as well as massive surf. The outstanding food and wine should be enough to entice you to WA's Margaret River region. But if you still need persuading, try massive surf, great ocean and river fishing, and bush and coastal walks.

8) Dunk Island, QLD

Dunk Island is a haven of tranquillity, relaxation and beauty. Most of the island is national park, with unique tracts of rainforests, pristine beaches and abundant species of wildlife. There are plenty of walking trails on the island so you can fully experience the beauty of the rainforests on the island.

9) Hamilton Island, QLD

The perfect gateway to explore the unique tropical environment of the Whitsundays. Hamilton Island is nestled amongst the Whitsunday Islands, a group of 74 islands just off the Queensland coast at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Hamilton Island is one of the most popular Whitsunday islands offering an idyllic island experience.

10) Sydney, NSW

Summer in Sydney is about soaking up the sun on the dazzling array of beaches. Sydney's sunshine, parks and can-do attitude combine to offer many ways to up your heart-rate. Boasting more than just one type of beach (you can choose from harbour and ocean), Sydney sands are heavily populated on warm weekends and Sydneysiders also swim before, after and instead of going to work.

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  1. Brettski07:26pm Tuesday 03rd August 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    I totally rate Noosa. Perfect for a quiet week away from stress, with loads of great eating, drinking, fishing, surfing and boating. And of course, a magnificent beach to collapse on with a book.