There are many beaches all over the world, but what are the top 20 beaches in Australia 2022? Whether you are looking for a hidden panoramic beach or a white sand beach, this list has it all. This year’s list, compiled by Tourism Australia Friend of Australia and beach expert Brad Farmer celebrates rural and regional Australia and celebrates the significant cultural value of the coast to Australia’s First Nations people.
1. Misery Beach, Albany WA
There are many beaches around Albany, Wa, but few compare to Misery Beach. This beach is at the tip of the South Coast and offers an expansive view of the Southern Ocean. The beach’s name originates from its close proximity to many other desolate beaches. It is also known for its treacherous waves that crash into the rocky tide pools.
Misery Beach has long been a favourite destination for local surfers and fishers alike.
2. Horseshoe Bay, South West Rocks, NSW
The climate in the area is a subtropical climate with warm summers and mild winters. It also has high humidity throughout the year, with rainfalls occurring mainly from November to March.
3. The Spit, Gold Coast, QLD
The Spit, Gold Coast, QLD is number one with its white sands and picturesque water. A holiday destination for many Australians, it is very popular for fishing, swimming, surfing and more.
4. Flaherty’s Beach, Yorke Peninsula, SA
Flaherty’s Beach is the number one beach in South Australia. Located on Yorke Peninsula, Flaherty’s Beach is a favorite to locals and tourists alike. For waterfront views, expansiveness, infrastructure, facilities, and accessibility, it is regarded as one of the top beaches in Australia. The sand at Flaherty’s Beach is white and soft. It can be enjoyed to its fullest extent with ample opportunities for swimming, water sports, surfing, fishing, bushwalking and other active pursuits.
5. Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell, VIC
Loch Ard Gorge is a popular tourist destination for people travelling the Great Ocean Road in south-western Victoria. Located in the Port Campbell National Park, it is a stunning sight to see and visit. The gorge is about 1km long and 60 meters deep, with many other caves to explore. It’s been described as one of the most beautiful places in Australia.
6. The Neck, Bruny Island, TAS
One of Australia’s most popular beach spots is Bruny Island. This quaint island is known for its untouched natural beauty, fresh seafood, and refreshingly cool summer climate.
The Neck, a stretch of beach on the southeastern side of Bruny Island, is one of Bruny Island’s most popular beaches and has often been ranked among Australia’s top 20 beaches.
7. Blue Pearl Bay, Whitsundays, QLD
The article will cover the top 20 beaches in Australia. This article will focus on one of the top 5, Blue Pearl Bay in Queensland. It is located in The Whitsundays and reaches up to 3 meters deep. There are many activities that can be done here such as snorkelling, diving, swimming, fishing, surfing, kayaking etc.
8. Depot Beach, South Coast, NSW
The vast plains of sand that encompass Depot Beach are what many consider to be one of the best beaches in Australia. The water is often calm, making it perfect for children. Often overlooked by tourists, this secluded beach is a great spot for those yearning for a day of relaxation.
9. Murrays Beach, Jervis Bay Territory, ACT/NSW
Located in the Jervis Bay Territory, ACT/NSW Murrays Beach can be reached by car in about 3 hours from Sydney. Murrays Beach has a 200 meter long stretch of white sand and clear waters and it’s a great place for all types of water sports. There are also plenty of shady places to sit and relax while enjoying the ocean view.
10. Dundee Beach, Darwin, NT
One of the most frequented and favourite beaches of Darwin, Dundee Beach is just a fifteen-minute drive from the city. With beautiful white sand and crystal clear water it’s no wonder that this is such a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. It has all the amenities that you need for a relaxing day, including plenty of shady spots under palm trees to escape the harsh summer sun, barbecue facilities and even a surf club.
11. Dudley Beach, Newcastle, NSW
Newcastle, NSW is a city that features the magnificent Dudley Beach. The beach is just one of the many natural wonders that can be found in Newcastle. For those looking for spectacular views and places to explore, the area around Dudley Beech offers just what they’re looking for.
12. Thompsons Beach, Cobram, Rural, VIC
Thompsons Beach is a rural beach located in Cobram, VIC on the Murray River. The water quality at Thompson’s Beach is five stars and the beach itself is home to an abundant amount of wildlife that can be seen while swimming or fishing.
13. Coogee Beach, Perth, WA
Imagine walking on a pristine, white sand beach. The sound of the waves crashing into the shoreline, soothing you as it lulls you into a state of relaxation. You take in your surroundings and find yourself feeling calm and at peace with the world. The beauty of Coogee Beach is one of the many things that makes Perth so special.
14. Mots Beach, Marlo, VIC
If you’re in search of a no-hassle beach day out, then look no further than Mots Beach in Marlo. Located 4-5 hours from Melbourne, Mots Beach is the perfect spot for anyone who wants to spend their day relaxing in the sun, surfing waves, or taking long walks along the shore. With its white sand and clear blue waters, why not make time to visit this year?
15. Alexandria Bay, Noosa, QLD
If you’re looking for a beach that has luxurious resorts, sandy shores and clear waters then Alexandria Bay is the place for you.
The stunning Noosa Beach is perfect for those who enjoy more rugged surroundings with crashing waves.
16. Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA
Emu Bay is a popular seaside town on Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
The water quality of the bay is good and the bay offers plenty of accommodation to suit different budgets.
17. Lake Wabby, K’Gari (Fraser Is), QLD
Lake Wabby is a serene and beautiful place. The lake’s water reaches just below the surface and perfectly reflects the surrounding hillsides and forests, which creates a feeling of peace and tranquillity. It is often described as one of the most beautiful places in Australia.
18. Congwong Beach, Sydney, NSW
Thanks to the ever-increasing popularity of beach trips, travellers are spending more and more time at the shore. Families looking for a non-surfing break might want to check out Congwong Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
19. Jellybean Pool, Blue Mountains, NSW
Australia has some of the most spectacular beaches that provide a serene escape. Jellybean Pool is located in the spectacular Blue Mountains.
20. Ethel Beach, Christmas Island, IOT
Ethel is one of the most pristine and isolated beaches in all of Australia. Located in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Western Australia, this small sandy white beach is surrounded by palm trees and schools of fish. It features a shallow reef just offshore that separates it from deep water. The only way to get there is by boat or aeroplane. Ethel Beach remains quiet for much of the year.