Out-sanding! Misery Beach voted Australia’s best for 2022

Feb 05, 2022
Misery Beach has been described as ‘picture perfect’ and is one of the 20 beaches judged to be the country’s best for 2022. Source: Instagram/ @westernaustralia

Western Australia’s Misery Beach is making waves after being named Australia’s Best Beach for 2022.

In spite of its name, Misery Beach has been described as ‘picture perfect’ and is one of the 20 beaches judged to be the country’s best for 2022 by Australian coastal veteran and Tourism Australia appointed Friend of Australia and beach expert, Brad Farmer AM.


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Horseshoe Bay in New South Wales came in second place, followed by The Spit in Queensland taking out the third spot. South Australia’s Flaherty’s Beach and Loch Ard Gorge in Victoria rounding out fourth and fifth place, respectively.

The judges ‘sea-lected’ this year’s winners based on a series of factors which included “nature-based locations, quirky spots within easy reach of cities, and which also celebrate the significant cultural value of the coast to Australia’s First Nations people.”

Tourism Australia’s Managing Director Phillipa Harrison said Farmer “explored the coastline right around Australia, checked out islands off the coast and again looked inland to produce yet another exceptional list of beaches.”

“We have the best beaches in the world right here in our own backyard, which is why they are part of the Australian way of life and why 70 per cent of international visitors enjoy a coastal experience when they visit Australia,” she said.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment The Hon Dan Tehan MP said choosing 20 beaches out of the thousands Australia has to offer “must be one of the toughest jobs in Australia.”

“The 2022 list covers every state and territory, with a selection of our most spectacular beaches that will inspire and excite holiday makers all over Australia and the world,” he said.

“As Australia continues its successful re-opening, we’re going to see a surge in tourists that will support jobs and businesses.

“My message to the world, is to start planning your next holiday to Australia and to include as many of our top 20 beaches on your itinerary as you can fit in.”

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