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Best beaches: NSW vs WA

Best beaches: NSW vs WA

With about 4030 kilometres between them, how do the beaches of New South Wales and Western Australia compare?

New South Wales

The Pass at Byron Bay

Although The Pass is usually too hazardous to swim in, the beach still offers so much to its visitors. The Pass is one of the most popular surf beaches in Australia and is also internationally recognised for its conditions. If you prefer keeping your feet on dry land, The Pass has beautiful walking tracks to Fisherman’s Lookout, which boasts stunning views; watch surfers tackle the waves, dolphins frolicking in the water and, if you’re lucky, whales travelling across the coast.

Shelly Beach

Part of Cabbage Tree Bay, a protected marine reserve, Shelly Beach is located in Manly, and is popular with local scuba divers and snorkellers due to its 12-metre depth and diverse variety of marine life in shallow waters. Shelly Beach is located on a picturesque part of Manly’s coastline, surrounded by white sand, lush green bushland and rock pools. Walk the bush track that hugs the headland for spectacular views.

Western Australia

Cable Beach

Cable Beach is the kind of place you see on Australian tourism ads. This internationally renowned beach boasts 22 kilometres of rich, red soil, pristine white sand and turquoise ocean water – it is the ultimate place for photo opportunities! Getting its name from the telegraph cable that was laid between Broome and Java in 1889, Cable Beach is more than your average Aussie beach. You can enjoy a camel ride at sunrise or sunset, or relax under the cloudless sky. During low tide at Gantheaume Point, at the southern end of the beach, you can even find 130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints!

Reddell Beach

Reddell Beach is an idyllic Australian beach where white sand meets the red soil Australia is famous for. Examine the peculiar rock formations, with their intricate patterns or, at high tide, watch as the sea meets the red-soil cliffs and the ochre colour mixes with the clear blue ocean water.

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