Sydney, Jan 31: A little-known Western Australian beach called Misery has taken out the title of Australia’s Best Beach.
Described as ‘picture perfect,’ Misery Beach, near Albany in WA, is one of 20 beaches judged to be the country’s best for 2022 by Australian coastal veteran and Tourism Australia appointed Friend of Australia and beach expert, Brad Farmer.
Farmer has been writing about beaches for almost 40 years and has visited most of Australia’s accessible beaches in his research travels.
This year’s list of winners focuses on nature-based locations, many quirky spots within easy reach of cities, and also celebrates the significant cultural value of the coast to Australia’s First Nations people.
The 2022 list has been announced today by the Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Dan Tehan and Brad Farmer.
“It’s summer again and after a long year of lockdowns, Australians everywhere are keen to finally get some sand between their toes and holiday at home this year on the world’s most diverse and magnificent selection of beaches,” Farmer said.
Beaches are not only the greatest source of recreation for Australians but are one of the greatest generators of sustainable income into the future.
This year’s list is compelling, with their unique cultural connection to First Nations Country and some truly outstanding beaches not often found in internet searches.
Every state and territory is included in this year’s list, including Christmas Island (Indian Ocean Territories) and K’Gari (formerly named Fraser Island), Mots Beach at the mouth of the Snowy River and Murrays Beach in Jervis Bay Territory.
Australia has the largest number of beaches of any country in the world with close to 12,000 beaches. Our coastal culture helps define our national identity and remains our main tourism drawcard, domestically and internationally.
‘TOP 10’ and ‘20’ Best Australian Beaches
1. Misery Beach, Albany, WA
2. Horseshoe Bay, South West Rocks, NSW
3. The Spit, Gold Coast, QLD
4. Flaherty’s Beach, Yorke Peninsula, SA
5. Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell, VIC
6. The Neck, Bruny Island, TAS
7. Blue Pearl Bay, Whitsundays, QLD
8. Depot Beach, South Coast, NSW
9. Murrays Beach, Jervis Bay Territory, ACT/NSW
10. Dundee Beach, Darwin, NT
11. Dudley Beach, Newcastle, NSW
12. Thompsons Beach, Cobram, Rural, VIC
13. Coogee Beach, Perth, WA
14. Mots Beach Marlo, VIC
15. Alexandria Bay, Noosa, QLD
16. Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA
17. Lake Wabby K’Gari (Fraser Is), QLD
18. Congwong Beach, Sydney, NSW
19. Jellybean Pool, Blue Mountains, NSW
20. Ethel Beach, Christmas Island, IOT
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