Australia’s best beach for 2022 has been named Misery Beach in WA

Bondi may have the glamor, Byron celebrities and Noosa serenity, but a small piece of sand with a bloody past has beaten all three and 19 others to be named Australia’s best beach.

Misery Beach near Albany, WA, was once red with blood from slaughtered sperm whales, but since the closure of Australia’s last whaling station 44 years ago, it has become a safe haven for seals, whales and dolphins.

The 200-meter-long beach five hours southeast of Perth was on Sunday named the country’s best on a list of 20 compiled by Tourism Australia’s beach ambassador Brad Farmer.

In second place came Horseshoe Bay in NSW, with third place to The Spit in Queensland.

South Australia’s Flaherty’s Beach and Loch Ard Gorge in Victoria were named the fourth and fifth best beaches in the country, respectively.

A total of six beaches in NSW were added to the list – more than any other state or territory – including Jervis Bay’s Murray Beach and Sydney’s Congwong Beach.

Tourism Minister Dan Tehan said Mr. Farmer had “one of the toughest jobs in Australia”, which narrowed more than 11,000 candidates to cure a selection of “our most spectacular beaches that will inspire and excite holidaymakers across Australia and the world”.

Tehan urged both local holidaymakers and international tourists to include as many as possible in their travel plans when Australia reopens.

But not everyone agreed on the list.

“There were definitely some curious choices in the top 10,” one person said on Twitter.

Horseshoe Bay in NSW was named the second best beach in the country.
Horseshoe Bay in NSW was named the second best beach in the country. Credit: Fotofrenzy/Getty Images / iStockphoto

“I’ve been to lots of beaches and few on the list are near the best beaches in Australia.

“It seems like it was all based on aesthetics and not usability.”

Others were sad the best beach in Australia was located in WA, which is still closed to the rest of the country.

“So Misery Beach WA has been voted Australia’s best beach,” said social commentator Prue MacSween.

A file image of Congwong Beach
Congwong Beach in Sydney also made the list. Credit: AAP

“Well, it will be a misery to try to get there, as the miserable (premier) Mark McGowan wants to keep all tourist attractions a mystery to the rest of the world.”

Australia’s 20 best beaches 2022

  1. Misery Beach, WA – Minang country south of Albany
  2. Horseshoe Bay, NSW – Dunggatti Country northeast of Kempsey
  3. The Spit, Qld – Bundjalung Country south of South Stradbroke Island
  4. Flaherty’s Beach, SA – Narangga Country, north of Warooka
  5. Loch Ard Gorge, Vic – Giraiwurung Country, east of Port Campbell
  6. The Neck, Tas – Nuenonne Country on Lunnawannalonna (Bruny Island)
  7. Blue Pearl Bay, Qld – Giya Country on Hayman Island during the days of Pentecost
  8. Depot Beach, NSW – Yuin Country north of Batemans Bay
  9. Murrays Beach, Jervis Bay Territory – Yuin / Tharawal Country and Booderee National Park
  10. Dundee Beach, NT – Larrakia / Wadyiginy Country southwest of Darwin
  11. Dudley Beach, NSW – Awabakal Country south of Newcastle
  12. Thompsons Beach, Vic – Waveroo / Yorta Yorta Country on the Murray River near Cobram
  13. Coogee Beach, WA – Wajuk Country south of Fremantle
  14. Mots Beach, Vic – Kurnai Country east of Marlo
  15. Alexandria Bay, Qld – Gubbi Gubbi Country on the east side of Noosa National Park
  16. Emu Bay, SA – on the north side of Kangaroo Island
  17. Lake Wabby, Qld – Butchulla Country on K’gari (formerly Fraser Island)
  18. Congwong Beach, NSW – Eora / Tharawal Country and La Perouse
  19. Jellybean Pool, NSW – Dharug Country in the Lower Blue Mountains
  20. Ethel Beach, Christmas Island


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