Australia is home to some of the world’s most iconic beach holiday destinations, offering a perfect blend of stunning natural beauty, pristine shores, and vibrant coastal culture. From the golden sands of Bondi Beach in Sydney to the crystal-clear waters of the Whitsundays in Queensland, these beach destinations have captivated travelers from around the globe. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, thrilling water sports, or simply soaking up the sun, these iconic beach destinations in Australia promise unforgettable experiences. Join us as we explore the enchanting coastal havens that define the essence of a quintessential Australian beach holiday.
Iconic Beach Holiday Destinations Australia
From boutique coastal hotels to towering beachfront resorts experience Australia’s iconic relaxed beach vibes in exceptional comfort and style. Discover 6 Iconic beach holiday destinations Australia and the best in luxury waterfront stays from which to start exploring.
1. BYRON BAY, NEW SOUTH WALES
ICONIC LUXURY STAY: Raes on Wategos | Byron Bay | North Coast NSW | New South Wales
A peaceful town embracing nature, adventure and relaxed lifestyle, Byron Bay has long been the chosen getaway of the rich and famous seeking privacy and serene beauty on the Australian North East Coast. Keep active with surf schools, sea kayaking, (sky & scuba) diving, horse riding and mountain biking, or soothe away your worries with yoga, massage, day spa’s and eco retreats throughout the region. Our favourite experience would have to be the hot air ballon tours by Byron Bay Ballooning. Stay at the renowned and exclusive ‘Rae’s on Watego’s’ for quintessential Byron elegance.
2. CABARITA BEACH, NEW SOUTH WALES
ICONIC LUXURY STAY: Halcyon House | Cabarita Beach | North Coast NSW | New South Wales
Bounded by Nature Reserve to the north and west, and the Pacific Ocean to the east, Cabarita Beach is a small coastal village and popular surf beach on the New South Wales Tweed Coast. Stay at the elegant and eccentrically styled Halcyon House to enjoy beachfront accommodation, poolside bar and dining at the award winning ‘Paper Daisy’ and a host of included luxe extra’s. An idyllic destination for single travellers, groups of friends, families and romantic beachside getaways.
3. GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND
ICONIC LUXURY STAY: Langham Gold Coast | Gold Coast | Queensland
Established in the first new luxury development on the iconic Gold Coast shoreline in over 30 years , The Langham Gold Coast offers a never before seen level of luxury in Australia’s most vibrant beachfront holiday destination. 339 rooms offer sensational ocean and hinterland views and five star amenities complement every aspect of your stay – think pool bars, a range of delightful food and beverage venues, and Chuan Spa, a holistic wellness concept embracing the healing philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Additionally, guests can expect a sophisticated and modern coastal palette across the rooms and suites, the signature Langham Ginger Flower fragrance, and artwork by internationally-renowned Australian sculptor and artist Camie Lyons.
4. CENTRAL COAST, NEW SOUTH WALES
ICONIC LUXURY STAY: Pretty Beach House | Pretty Beach | Central Coast | New South Wales
A private luxury guesthouse only 90 minutes north of Sydney, Pretty Beach House is set in the Bouddi National Park overlooking the sensational Pretty Beach. A melting pot of simplicity and style this elegant guesthouse comprises only four private suites and a collection of premium guests. Facilities within the main house including open plan kitchen, intimate fine dining room, open fireplace, guest lounge, open bar, a more intimate, private dining space, wine cellar, day spa, outdoor communal pool and poolside pizza oven for casual, al-fresco dining.
Owned and managed by renowned restaurateurs Stefano Manfredi and Julie Manfredi Hughes, the Manfredi approach to simplicity, elegance, service and superb food is evident in every aspect of the culinary delights of Pretty Beach House. Enjoy a prvate dining experience with Italian born chef, Stefano Manfredi, one of Australia’s most celebrated and influential chefs and a leading exponent of Modern Italian cuisine.
For the ultimate luxury arrive via seaplane with Sydney Seaplanes and enjoy a 20 minute scenic flight of Sydney Harbour and the New South Wales Coast along the way. Luxury Beach front holidays around Australia in style. Whilst your in the area, you may also like to try this luxury Sydney Sailing experience.
5. Mollymook, New South Wales
ICONIC LUXURY STAY: Bannisters by the Sea | Mollymook | South Coast NSW | New South Wales
A NSW seaside haven Bannisters by the Sea offers 32 oceanfront boutique luxury hotel suites including spa suites and the newly renovated penthouses by renowned Australian designer Collete Dinnigan.
Be welcomed, wined and dined by owner and head chef Rick Stein at in-house restaurant, Rick’s, enjoying the best fresh seafood and produce the area has to offer.
Also available too book is Rick’s Place, Rick Stein’s personal beach house, within strolling distance of Bannisters. Experience ocean views and full access to all of Bannisters amenities from the privacy of your own holiday house.
6. WHALE BEACH, NEW SOUTH WALES
ICONIC LUXURY STAY: Jonahs | Palm Beach | Sydney | New South Wales
Perched high on the stunning cliffs of Whale Beach, Jonah’s is a luxurious retreat that captures the essence of coastal beauty and refined elegance. Located just a stone’s throw away from Sydney, this iconic boutique hotel offers a unique blend of breathtaking ocean views, award-winning cuisine, and world-class hospitality. With its rich history and unparalleled charm, Jonah’s beckons guests to immerse themselves in a tranquil haven where relaxation and indulgence go hand in hand. From its luxurious accommodations to its renowned restaurant and spa, Jonah’s Whale Beach is a sanctuary of coastal luxury that promises an unforgettable experience for discerning travelers.