Cable Beach in Western Australia Has Just Been Named the Third Best Beach in the World for 2023

The WA spot also topped Tripadvisor's list of the best ten beaches in the South Pacific, which features seven Aussie locations and one from NZ.
Sarah Ward
Published on March 06, 2023

Summer might be over for another year, but chasing endless sunny days, sandy spots and crashing waves is a rather easy pastime in Australia. The country is girt by sea, after all, and boasts thousands of beaches — including Western Australia's Cable Beach, which has just been named one of the best coastal spots in the world for 2023, plus the absolute top beach in the South Pacific for this year as well.

The scenic Broome locale nabbed those honours thanks to Tripadvisor, which unveils a lineup of top beaches each year. Among the international plaudits, Cable Beach came in third behind Baia do Sancho in Fernando de Noronha in Brazil and Eagle Beach in Aruba in The Caribbean. It also ranked higher than spots in Iceland, Turks and Caicos, Portugal, India, Sicily, Cuba and Hawaii. Yes, that's mighty fine company to keep.

Cable Beach

In the South Pacific rundown, Cable Beach beat six other Aussie locations and one from New Zealand. Also getting some love locally: Sydney's Manly Beach in second place, Emily Bay on Norfolk Island in third and Mooloolaba Beach in fourth spot. Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas and Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island adding two more Queensland locations to the list at sixth and seventh place, while Turquoise Bay in Exmouth in WA came in ninth after topping the South Pacific spots in 2022. Across the ditch, Tahunanui Beach in Nelson sits at eighth place, too.

The two beaches deemed the best in the South Pacific that aren't from Down Under? Matira Beach on Society Island in Bora Bora, French Polynesia, which sits fifth and Natadola Beach in Sigatoka, Fiji, at tenth. If it's an overseas beach holiday you're after this year, you now know where to head.

Manly Beach

Back to the worldwide list, it spans 25 places, with Manly coming in 13th there ahead of locations in Grand Cayman, San Sebastian, Bali, Costa Rica, Rio de Janeiro and more.

Across both the worldwide and South Pacific rankings, winners were chosen as part of Tripadvisor's Traveller's Choice awards, which is based on millions of reviews and ratings left on the online platform across 2022.

Whitehaven Beach


Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Eagle Beach, Aruba, The Caribbean
Cable Beach, Broome, Australia
Reynisfjara Beach, Vik, Iceland
Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos, The Caribbean
Praia da Falésia, Algarve, Portugal
Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India
Spiaggia dei Conigli, Sicily, Italy
Varadero Beach, Cuba, The Caribbean
Ka'anapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii


Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia, Australia
Manly Beach, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Emily Bay, Norfolk Island, Australia
Mooloolaba Beach, Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia
Matira Beach, Society Island, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia
Tahunanui Beach, Nelson, New Zealand
Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, Western Australia, Australia
Natadola Beach, Sigatoka, Fiji

Matira Beach

Matira Beach

To check out the full list of top beaches for 2023, head to Tripadvisor

Images: Getty Images / Tripadvisor.


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Published on March 06, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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