Top 20 Australian Beaches for 2022

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Salty air and sunkissed hair. Sky above, sand below, peace within. Yup, nothing compares to a day at the beach, and us Aussies certainly have our fair share of stunning coastal bays to lap up every day of the year. If you’ve been searching for that coveted best beach in Australia to visit, we’re thrilled to announce that the list of Top Australian Beaches for 2022 is finally here!

Veteran Australian coastal advocate and author, Brad Farmer, has been reviewing beaches all over the world for over 35 years including the 11,761 coastal beaches that we’re blessed with here in Australia.

This year, Brad Farmer’s Top Australian beaches for 2022 features multiple beaches from three of our favourite states, including four for Queensland, three for Victoria, and a whopping six NSW beaches – the most beaches of any state in the country included in the list, thank you very much!

The Top 20 Australian Beaches for 2022

1. Misery Beach, WA

Misery Beach
The crystal-clear waters of Misery Beach in WA.

Misery Beach in WA has been voted the number one beach in Australia for 2022 and it's easy to see why. The current best beach in Australia is in Albany just five hours from Perth and used to be a whaling station, which is why it's famous for having blood-red sand thanks to all the blood and debris during its whaling years. 

2. Horseshoe Bay, NSW

Horseshoe Bay
An aerial view of Horseshoe Bay in NSW. Image source: Destination NSW.

If you've never had the pleasure of visiting NSW's South West Rocks then add it to your travel bucket list immediately. Horseshoe Bay has been voted the second best beach in Australia and is the spot to set up with the family for the day if you're visiting South West Rocks. 

3. The Spit, Queensland

The Spit Queensland
An aerial view of The Spit on the Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast is famous for its truly incredible (and LONG) stretches of white sandy beaches, and The Spit has the honour of representing all of them as Queensland's best beach for 2022. 

4. Flaherty’s Beach, SA

5. Loch Ard Gorge, Victoria

Loch Ard Gorge
The mighty rock stacks at Loch Ard Gorge. 

Loch Ard Gorge is one of Victoria's most famous natural attractions and is located along the (also famous!) Great Ocean Road. The mighty rock stack is the site of the most famous shipwreck on the aptly named Shipwreck Coast. 

6. The Neck, Tasmania

7. Blue Pearl Bay, Queensland

Blue Pearl Bay
The looming rock cliffs at Blue Pearl Bay.

The jaw-dropping Blue Pearl Bay is located on the north-western side of Hayman Island in the Whitsundays and is famous for snorkelling and diving. You can't actually stay at Blue Pearl Bay but there are regular day tours and overnight boat stays for those keen to get up close to the beauty. 

8. Depot Beach, NSW

Depot Beach
Depot Beach in NSW.

Another favourite NSW beach has topped the list for 2022! Depot Beach is located in the heart of Murramarang National Park on the NSW South Coast, which explains why it offers picture-perfect waters year round. 

9. Murrays Beach, NSW

Murrays Beach Sea Cave
The famous Murrays Beach Sea Cave. Image source: Jordan Robins.

If you're out and about in the Jervis Bay region, a visit to Murrays Beach is an absolute must. Offering the whitest of white sand and the bluest and blue waters, you'll start to question how such an incredible beach can be all yours for the day (or longer!). Venture through the famous Murrays Beach Sea Cave if you're feeling adventurous. 

10. Dundee Beach, NT

11. Dudley Beach, NSW

12. Thompsons Beach, Victoria

13. Coogee Beach, WA

14. Mots Beach, Victoria

15. Alexandria Bay, Queensland

16. Emu Bay, SA

17. Lake Wabby, Queensland

18. Congwong Beach, NSW

Congwong Beach
Beachgoers enjoying a day at Congwong Beach.

Sydney's Congwong Beach in La Perouse is one of Sydney's most popular beaches. While it used to be relatively secluded, it's refreshing waters and family-friendly waves has transformd it into a weekend hotspot. Neighbouring Little Congwong is also a must-visit. 

19. Jelly Bean Pool, NSW

Jelly Bean Pool
The Jelly Bean Pool in the Blue Mountains.

We'd classify the Jelly Bean Pool in the Blue Mountains as more of a natural swimming hole than a beach but hey, we're not the experts! This famous spot is located near the Glenbrook entrance of the Blue Mountains National Park and is very popular with little swimmers who can't resist the natural, refreshing waters. 

20. Ethel Beach, Christmas Island

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