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Secluded SA beach ranked best in Australia

A secluded bay in South Australia has been crowned the best beach in Australia, edging out popular destinations in NSW and Queensland.

January 29, 2023
By Mibenge Nsenduluka
29 January 2023

It is home to one of the most famous wine regions in the country and for the first time ever, South Australia has claimed the award for Australia’s best beach.

The picturesque and secluded Stokes Bay beat almost 12,000 beaches nationwide to be crowned Australia’s best beach for 2023 as judged by Tourism Australia beach ambassador Brad Farmer.

Touted by locals as Kangaroo Island’s “hidden gem” and hailed for its family-friendly appeal, Stokes Bay features a tidal swimming pool that makes it ideal for wading and snorkelling.

Second place went to NSW’s Boomerang Beach, near Forster on the mid-north coast, with Rainbow Beach, on Queensland’s Cooloola coast, third.

Federal Tourism Minister Don Farrell said Australian beaches were among the best in the world.

“Australia boasts the world’s best coastline and many international travellers who are returning to our shores in growing numbers want to explore the idyllic beaches we have to offer,” he said.

“Every beach on the 2023 list is not just among the best in Australia but the best in the world.” 

Tourism Australia managing director Phillipa Harrison said Australian coasts were a drawcard for tourists.

“There is no doubt Australia is globally renowned for its beaches and they are a major reason international travellers visit,” she said.

“With about 12,000 beaches to explore across our country, including many of the best in the world, it is not easy to name a top 10.”

Top 10 Best Beaches in Australia for 2023

1 Stokes Bay – SA, Kangaroo Island

2 Boomerang Beach – NSW, mid-north coast

3 Rainbow Beach – Qld, Cooloola coast

4 Apollo Bay – Vic, Great Ocean Road

5 Adventure Bay – Tas, Bruny Island

6 Hamelin Bay – WA, South-West

7 Little Bondi Beach – NT, East Arnhem Land

8 British Admiralty Beach – Tas, King Island, Bass Strait

9 Flying Fish Cove – Christmas Island

10 Balmoral Beach – NSW, Sydney Harbour

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