Tourism Australia has crowned WA’s very own Misery Beach as the best in Australia.
We all knew Western Australia has the best beaches in the country, but now it’s official – West is best.
A picturesque hidden gem, Albany’s very own Misery Beach has been named the best beach in the country by Tourism Australia.
It took out the top spot this year above some other iconic choices like Alexandria Bay on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and The Neck in Tasmania.
Tourism Australia’s beach ambassador, Brad Farmer, said Misery Beach was everything we’re looking for.
“It just ticks all the boxes of what the typical beachgoer is looking for — uncrowded, crystal-white sand, turquoise waters and a very dramatic granite backdrop.”
Where is the best beach in Australia?
Obviously, this crowning calls for an immediate visit to the coastal paradise.
A five-hour drive from Perth, you’ll find Misery Beach about 20km out of Albany along Frenchman’s Bay Road. You’ll have to take a little gravel road toward Isthmus Hill car park to get there and turn onto another short track that branches left to Misery Beach.
A Bloody History
The name certainly doesn’t match the beauty of this place, so where did it actually come from?
Until 1978 a major whaling station operated two beaches away, staining the white sand and water red with the blood of whales – obviously making it no place to swim or enjoy the beauty.
Since its closure 44 years ago, the gorgeous spot was returned to its former glory and become a haven for marine life and beachgoers alike.
Australia’s Best Beaches
- Misery Beach, WA
- Horseshoe Bay, NSW
- The Spit, Queensland
- Flaherty’s Beach, SA
- Loch Ard Gorge, Victoria
- The Neck, Tasmania
- Blue Pearl Bay, Queensland
- Depot Beach, NSW
- Murray Beach, NSW
- Dundee Beach, NT
- Dudley Beach, NSW
- Thompsons Beach, Victoria
- Coogee Beach, WA
- Mots Beach, Victoria
- Alexandria Bay, Queensland
- Emu Bay, SA
- Lake Wabby, Queensland
- Congwong Beach, NSW
- Jelly Bean Pool, NSW
- Ethel Beach, Christmas Island
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