Australia’s cheapest and best beach breaks 2017

Stephanie Yip 7 March 2017

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The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice award-winning beaches that won’t break the bank to visit.

The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice award winners for 2017 have just been announced and in it are 25 of the best beaches our nation has to offer.

Topping this year’s list is perennial favourite, Whitehaven Beach. This piece of paradise has held this top spot for four years running and unsurprisingly took the #17 spot in TripAdvisor’s best beaches in the world list, too.

Also making the cut in the top 25 Australian beaches list is a seemingly endless list of Queensland hotspots including Surfer’s Paradise Beach, Noosa Main Beach, Burleigh Heads, Mooloolaba Beach, The Strand, Palm Cove and Trinity Beach.

Despite all these Queensland contenders, other states were well represented with Manly taking the top spot for New South Wales, Turquoise Bay doing it for Western Australia and Mindil Beach making waves for the Northern Territory.

Now if all this talk about beaches is making you want to chase the sunshine then listen up. We’ve looked at this hot list and rearranged it to bring you the best Aussie beaches to visit over a weekend on a budget.


Australia’s cheapest and best beach breaks

To find the cheapest and best beach breaks, we looked at prices for stays using comparison engine hotels.finder.com.au.

The weekend we’ve chosen for this comparison is 3-5 November 2017, which is perfect since this is the time the beaches start up again! Prices are for a two-night stay for two adults sharing a room and are current as of 27 February 2017.

BeachTripAdvisor rankingCheapest stayCheapest stay price
Cable Beach, Broome7Cable Beach Backpackers$133
Mindil Beach, Darwin23Palms Motel Darwin$140
Surfer's Paradise Beach, Surfer's Paradise2Backpackers In Paradise$150
Byron Bay, Byron Bay14Discovery Parks$164
Emily Bay, Norfolk Island10Callam Court Ocean View Apartments$176
The Strand, Townsville9Yongala Lodge by The Strand$188
Coolangatta Beach, Coolangatta17Bombora Resort Motel$199
Bondi Beach, Sydney21The Village Bondi Beach$200
Turquoise Bay, Exmouth5Exmouth Cape Holiday Park$210
Kings Beach, Caloundra18Caloundra Motel$218
Palm Cove Beach, Palm Cove24Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove$224
Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas16Ramada Resort Port Douglas$236
Cape Le Grand National Park, Esperance13Best Western Hospitality Inn Esperance$238
Little Beach at Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, Albany15Albany's Big Grove Bed and Breakfast$250
Greens Pool, Denmark1131 on the Terrace$270
Trinity Beach, Cairns25Amaroo at Trinity Resort Cairns$275
Mooloolaba Beach, Mooloolaba8Twin Pines Motel Mooloolaba$280
Meelup Beach, Dunsborough22Whalers Cove Villas$300
Burleigh Heads Beach, Burleigh Heads6Aussie Resort Gold Coast$340
Noosa Main Beach, Noosa3Anchor Motel Noosa$350
Manly Beach, Sydney4Manly Guest House$350
Shelly Beach, Sydney20Shelly Beach Cabins$378
Coral Bay Beach, Coral Bay19Bayview Resort Coral Bay$382
Whitehaven Beach, Whitehaven Islands1Whitsunday Apartments$520
Ned's Beach, Lord Howe Island12Arajilla Retreat$3,400

The best beach for your buck?

Broome’s Mindil Beach comes out on top with rooms starting from $133 for a twin share. Not too shabby for the #7 beach in Australia. For the hottest beach at the hottest price, Surfer’s Paradise has it all. It was voted the second-best beach in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards and has stays from $150 for a twin share.

Sadly, Whitehaven Beach is one of the most expensive stays. Ned’s Beach is the priciest of the top 25, which is likely due to the limited accommodation on the island where it’s located.

The moral of the story? Stick to easily accessible beaches with plenty of accommodation options for the best budget-friendly beach breaks.

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