Here Are the 20 Best Beaches in Australia, and No Bondi Didn’t Make the Cut

Here Are the 20 Best Beaches in Australia, and No Bondi Didn’t Make the Cut
Scenic aerial views overlooking Horseshoe Bay Beach, South West Rocks. Destination NSW

We’re still in the thick of the toasty months in Australia and we all know what that means: beach days. Sun safe beach days, we hope. But beach days, nonetheless. If you’re one who likes to plan their weekends or trips away around stunning swim spots, this list is for you. Tourism Australia has released its selection of the 20 best Australian beaches for 2022, and they’re incredible.

Here’s a list of the best beaches to visit across Australia this year, and precisely where you can find them.

Where can you find these swimming spots?

Australia's best beaches
Australia’s best beaches. Misery Beach, WA. Credit: @merrwatson

Taking the top spot of best beach in Australia for 2022 is Misery Beach in WA. Found about 20 kilometres out of Albany, the beach is known as a secluded swimming spot that’s ideal for snorkelling, surfing and fishing.

Misery Beach is followed by Horseshoe Bay, South West Rocks in NSW and The Spit in QLD’s Gold Coast in second and third place for best beach.

Over in NSW, Horseshoe Bay is a popular sheltered swimming spot for families in South West Rocks. Surrounded by pines and dotted with beautiful picnic areas, it’s a perfect place to while the hours away on a warm afternoon.

Queensland locals and visitors alike may be familiar with The Spit as it sits at the northern tip of The Gold Coast’s most well-known stretch of beach. It’s an area that’s often used for fishing, picnics and boating.

Other top-rated beaches in the list are dotted throughout regions like Yorke Peninsula, SA, K’Gari (Fraser Is), QLD and Christmas Island, IOT.

Check out the full list below to get planning on your next Aussie swim session.

Top 20 beaches in Australia in 2022

Best beaches in Australia.
Best beaches in Australia. The Neck, TAS. Credit: @jeon_landscapes
  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

If you’d like to pack your bags and get moving over to one of these beaches right now, here’s a quick guide to working from the road and here’s some advice on planning your next road trip.

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