Tourism Australia’s Best Australian Beach Award 2023 results
Sydneysiders, looks like we made the cut. In a nationwide survey conducted by Tourism Australia to find Australia’s very best beach for 2023, both Sydney and NSW had a strong presence that we feel pretty good about.
Australia is home to more than 12,000 beaches across thousands of kays of coastline, so Tourism Australia’s task of narrowing it down to the very best ten sounds almost impossible. After much deliberation, the secluded Stokes Bay on Kangaroo Island in South Australia was chosen as Australia’s best beach by Tourism Australia, thanks to its good looks, family-friendly qualities and suitability for wading and snorkelling.
Photo: South Australian Tourism Commission Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island
In the wake of the catastrophic fires that swept through Kangaroo Island in 2019, this award is delightful news – fortunately, the small island’s wealth of wildlife and biodiversity is now, very happily, coming back to life.
Stokes Bay deserves its best beach award, but we were also pleased to see that NSW beaches didn’t fare too badly either.
For second place on the country’s list of best beaches, Tourism Australia chose Boomerang Beach on NSW’s mid-north coast. Just over three hours from Sydney’s city centre, Boomerang is known for its pristine waters, ideal swimming and surfing conditions, abundance of marine life and breathtaking sunsets and sunrises.
Photo: @eastcoastphotographyau Boomerang Beach, NSW
And, Sydney – we’re saving the best news for last. Our very own Balmoral Beach in Mosman has (just) made it onto the top ten beaches list, and we’re pretty stoked about it. When the competition is nationwide (and frankly, there are plenty of coastal countries Down Under that would give us a run for our money), the fact that a Sydney beach managed to make the list is no small feat not. With its turquoise water, neat swimming areas, pristine white sand and soft long promenade, Balmoral is a special place that we reckon deserves its time in the sun.
Photo: Karen GallagherBalmoral Beach, Sydney Harbour
Tourism Australia holds their Best Australian Beach Awards every year, with Misery Beach (yes, really) in Western Australia winning in 2022. This year, all states, including the Northern Territory, appeared in the top 10 list, with the competition judges favoring us. country’s smaller, lesser-known beaches for the top spots.
The top 10 beaches in Australia for 2023 are:
Stokes Bay, SA, Kangaroo Island Boomerang Beach, NSW, mid-north coast Rainbow Beach, Queensland, Cooloola Coast Apollo Bay, Victoria, Great Ocean Road Adventure Bay, Tasmania, Bruny Island Hamelin Bay, WA, southwest Little Bondi Beach, NT, East Arnhem Land British Admiral Beach, Tasmania, King Island, Bass Strait Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island Balmoral Beach, NSW, Sydney Harbor
Yep, that’s right – this year New South Wales featured the most. (Just had to point it out.)