Australia is famed for its beaches – great expanses of soft, fine sand, lapped by clear, turquoise waters. From surfing and snorkelling to sunbathing and barbecuing, the Aussie lifestyle is centred around beach culture and when they welcome guests, the Australians certainly encourage them to get in on the action. Some of the very best hotels in Australia face onto the ocean, so here’s a rundown of some of the finest in each coastal state:
Dugong Beach Resort is set right on the beach on Groote Eylandt, off the coast of the northern territory. It boasts sea views from every room and from both pools, a gym, fishing facilities and traditional arts and crafts.
Qualia on coral fringed Hamilton Island offers luxury accommodation and unrivalled views of the Great Barrier Reef. It is a great location to explore the crystal waters of the world famous snorkel site, Whitehaven Beach.
New South Wales
For the ultimate city beach experience, Hotel Bondi is the go-to destination for surfers and beach lovers in search of a relaxing cold beer in comfortable, informal accommodation in the perfect Bondi beachfront location.
The Grand Pacific Hotel in Lorne is an icon of the Great Ocean Road. Built in 1875 atop the cliff, it has a certain old-world and quite dramatic charm with its impressive views of the ocean and all this with access to the beach and Lorne Pier.
Koopalanda Dreaming is a comfortable, welcoming guesthouse over the jetty at Vivonne Bay, once judged to have Australia’s best beach. Look out for wildlife – including possums in the bush and little penguins on the beach.
Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa in Broome backs onto the 22km stretch of Cable Beach, widely regarded as one of the finest in the world. The resort offers a range of luxury accommodation and facilities including a health club, shopping, gardens, two pools and the Sunset Bar.