Australian beach named among world's best

Carla Mascarenhas
June 19 2024 - 11:44am
Stokes Bay in South Australia has been named the world's second best beach. Picture by Facebook / PeterMalinauskas
Stokes Bay in South Australia has been named the world's second best beach. Picture by Facebook / PeterMalinauskas

A secluded beach at Stokes Bay on Kangaroo Island's serene north coast has been crowned the second-best beach in the world by Big 7.

"With its shimmering rock pools, cliffside location and sparkling turquoise waters, it is by far one of the most beautiful," the site said of the South Australian seascape.

"Getting here is half the fun too; the beach is accessible via a hidden rock tunnel.

"For those seeking adventures, the rolling waves provide ample opportunities for good surf, while the giant protected rockpool provides a safe shallow area for little ones to swim and snorkel."

Broome's famous Cable Beach, which is known for its sunsets and camel rides, placed at number 12.

"Remote Kimberley in Western Australia is renowned for its brilliant blue waters and endless sandy stretches, but it's always been hard to reach," Big 7 Travel said.

The official Best Australian Beaches for 2024 have been announced by Tourism Australia expert, Brad Farmer AM.

"This year, it's set to become much easier to explore the region thanks to an influx of cruise lines. There are hundreds of beautiful beaches to explore, but Cable Beach is the best.

"Take a ride on the camel train or hop on a boat trip as the sun sinks below the horizon for the best views."

But it was Piha Beach in Auckland, famed for its black sands, foamy white waves and formidable Lion Rock, that took out the top spot.

Tourism Australia released its own annual list in February 2024 naming Squeaky Beach in Wilsons Promontory National Park in Victoria as Australia's top beach in 2024.

The Farm at Shellharbour in NSW and south-east Tasmania's Cockle Creek rounded out the top three.

The Top Ten Best Beaches

  1. Piha Beach, New Zealand
  2. Stokes Bay Beach, Australia
  3. Moon Bay, Slovenia
  4. White Beach, Phillipines
  5. Laomei Beach, Taiwan
  6. Cabo San Juan Beach, Colombia
  7. Grand Anse Beach, Granada
  8. Le Morne Beach, Mauritius
  9. Rock Islands beaches, Palau
  10. Jalousie Beach, St Lucia
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