Each year in lead up to the Magic Millions race day on the Gold Coast a race for horses is run on the main beach in town.
The race is conducted during the Magic Millions barrier draw and it gains a lot of media and spectator attention.
It is one of the more unique races each year in Australia.
The beach is thoroughly cleaned after the event. This is just another way our beaches can attract crowds and must be looked after.
The Magic Millions day is the single richest day of racing on the Australian calendar with the main race the 2YO Classic worth $2,000,000. Which is up their with the richest races in Australia behind:
The Everest $10 – https://www.justhorseracing.com.au/the-everest
Melbourne Cup – https://www.justhorseracing.com.au/melbourne-cup/
Nothing quite compares to spending time in the land Down Under. Australia has so much to offer from the Outback to its majestic cities to learning about its indigenous people and colonization. Go for an adventure hike or take in the nightlife in one of Australia’s diverse towns, whether it be Sydney, Perth or Darwin.
No trip to Australia is complete without a trip to the beach. Quite frankly, Aussie beaches are some of the best in the world. They have glowing sand and colorful water. If you go snorkeling, you never know what you might see. Here are our picks for 15 of the best beaches in Australia to set foot on:
15. Whitehaven Beach, Queensland
This beach is farther north than most tourists to the country ever dare venture, so you’re sure to get a unique experience. It offers sandy white beaches and clear, blue water. The great thing about this beach is that there are lots of sand bars so you can have a lot of fun wading into the water.
14. Bondi Beach, New South Wales
Of course, no list of Australian beaches is complete without mentioning Bondi Beach. It’s near Sydney and it’s a surfer’s paradise. The water is clear and there is an endless supply of shops and restaurants nearby, so there’s something for everyone.
13. Mandalay Beach, Wapole, West Australia
Heading to this beach on Australia’s sparsely populated West Coast is the trip of a lifetime. It’s rolling waves and warm sand are largely untouched by humans. It’s a drive out of Perth but the quiet views are stunning.
12. Squeaky Beach, Victoria
This beach has some charm, with both a flat, sandy beach for relaxation and nearby hills with vegetation. It’s located in Wilsons Promontory National Park so there’s no trouble finding things to do during your visit. It’s as much fun to visit Squeaky Beach as it is to say you’re going to Squeaky Beach.
11. St Kilda Beach, Melbourne. If you’re spending time in Melbourne this is an easy beach to put in your plans. It’s right on a tram line so you don’t need to rent a car. This is a great beach for a nice, relaxing day in beautiful Melbourne.
10. Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
The name just sounds spectacular, doesn’t it? Wineglass Bay is picturesque. It’s unique among Australian beaches because it’s a distinctive bay, rather than simply ocean. It’s also in a national park and surrounded by mountains.
9. Lizard Island, Queensland
This one is actually a series of beaches with glowing, white sand. It’s on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. A visit to the island is pricey, but the views are spectacular and there is serious relaxation waiting for you when you get there.
8. Main Beach, Byron Bay, New South Wales
If you’re not interested in the crowds and excitement of Bondi Beach, you can check out Byron Bay. It’s not too far from Bondi Beach, but it’s much more quaint. There has been development in recent years, but nothing overwhelming.
7. 75 Mile Beach, Frasier Island, Queensland
This beach lives up to the name, and with so many miles of coastline, you can definitely find a spot all to yourself. The coastline is narrow in many parts, with greenery growing only a few feet from the water in many places. Watch out for tiger sharks if you wade too far in at 75 Mile Beach.
6. Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast QLD
Another great beach in Queensland, Burleigh Heads is off the beaten path for tourists, so you can feel like a local. The beach and water are both clear. There are lots of places to stay near Burleigh Heads beach so you can make a very special trip out of it.
5. Cable Beach, Broome, West Australia
This is a great place to take a camel ride. A flat, sandy beach dots a sky with stunning sunsets, so this is a beach to really use up that memory card in your camera. First-time visitors are in awe that such perfection can even exist. This beach is unique in Australia in that it’s actually on the Indian Ocean, not the Pacific Ocean.
4. Pinky Beach, Rottnest Island, Western Australia
This beach is set against a unique beautiful backdrop. It’s tourist friendly, with steps leading down to the beach. The land nearby is a bit rocky and the water is beautifully uneven.
3. Sandy Bay, Exmouth, Western Australia
Another great beach in Western Australia, this beach is a great pick for families. That’s because the waters are shallow pretty far out, so families have lots of room to play. It’s also great for fishing and never crowded.
2. Mindil Beach, Darwin, Northern Australia
This isn’t a place to swim because a few crocodiles like it here, too, but it’s beautiful and popular. Mindil Beach is also the place to go to watch a beautiful sunset. Local markets are fun so you can turn your visit into an entire day of adventure.
1. Gibson Steps, Great Ocean Road, Victoria
If you’ve come to see Australia’s famed 12 Apostles, you owe it to yourself to get close with a trip to Gibson Steps. This beach is surrounded by tall rocks, and of course, right up against the 12 Apostles. The beach doesn’t disappoint as you take in all that this stunning location has to offer.
From our point of view, these 5 are the best beaches in Australia and if you do not have enough time to visit all 15, than you should definitely visit all beaches from this list. Believe me, you will not be disappointed! If you know more beaches and would like to share your locations with us, feel free to post your comment below!