Bondi Beach, White Powder Sand and Beach Litter

Two boys doing hand stands on a beach in Gold Coast.
Beach litter.
Whitehaven Beach in Queensland.
People doing yoga on Bondi Beach in Sydney.

A short distance from many city centers in Australia there are beaches. Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, for example, is located only a few kilometers from the city’s business district. Here, at Bondi, you can go swimming during the day and smell the aroma of the grills during evenings. Bondi Beach, furthermore, is a popular center for recreation and healthy living, where people exercise, eat healthy food and breath the fresh air blowing in from the Tasman Sea.

Gold Coast

Besides Sydney, popular urban beaches can also be found in Gold Coast, a city located on Australia’s east coast. In this metropolis, back-to-back with ocean side skyscrapers, golden shores offer busy shoppers and other urbanites a chance to quickly escape the concrete and relax. The same city-near beaches, moreover, stretch for hundreds of miles to the south, making Gold Coast and its neighboring towns optimal destinations for surfers and sun-loving tourists who seek seemingly endless sand.

Whitehaven Beach and overcast days

Another impressive Australian beach, though not nearly as long as the sandy shoreline of the Gold Coast area, is the remote Whitehaven Beach in Queensland. With white powder sand, turquoise water and lush green surroundings, this secluded beach rivals the prettiest of postcards. However, neither Whitehaven Beach, nor indeed other beaches, are always as beautiful as they appear in advertising brochures.

In advertising brochures, readers will usually not see beaches photographed on overcast days, when the sandy shores lose a lot of color and the ocean looks rather grey. Also kept out of marketing pictures of beaches is all the garbage that litters particular stretches of the Australian coastline. Washed up from the ocean or deposited by visitors, this litter would likely hurt the Australian tourism industry if shown to potential travelers, and its existence could potentially be harmful to nature and wild animals.