This Pristine Blue Paradise Has Been Named Australia's Best Beach for 2018

This far north Queensland island beach has topped a list of 11,761.
Lauren Vadnjal
Published on December 22, 2017

We don't know what you have to do to be considered a 'beach expert', but after Australia's best beaches were revealed this week, we're sure we need to become one. The 2018 list details 101 of the country's most stunning beaches, but the one that's come out on top isn't Bondi or Jervis Bay — it's Nudey Beach.

So where the bloody hell is that? It's located on Fitzroy Island, just off the far north Queensland coast.

Now, the 'best' beach is obviously a hard one to quantify, but Brad Farmer has done a pretty thorough research job. He's the aforementioned beach expert, and for the release of the 2018 edition of 101 Best Beaches he visited, documented and rated a whole heap of beaches alongside coastal geomorphologist Professor Andy Short, who has personally visited every single beach in Oz (there's 11,761 of them, by the way).

Eventually the pair landed on the tropical Nudey as number one. It's obviously insanely beautiful, and the pair have noted it as the best beach of them all due to its surrounding lush rainforest and views of the Cairns hinterland. Plus, for somewhere so special and secluded, it's super accessible — you can get there in 45 minutes on a catamaran from Cairns.

Other top beaches are ones you probably haven't heard too much about either — Horrocks Beach north of Perth in WA, Dreamtime Beach at Tweed Heads on the NSW–Queensland border and Dolly Beach on Christmas Island all make the list. Tourist spots Burleigh Heads and Tassie's Bay of Fires get a look in as well. Have a look at the top ten below.



  1. Nudey Beach, Far North Queensland
  2. Horrocks Beach, WA
  3. Dreamtime Beach, NSW
  4. Cossies Beach, Cocos Keeling Islands
  5. Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Queensland
  6. Seal Rocks, NSW
  7. Bay of Fires, Tasmania
  8. Quobba, Red Bluff, WA
  9. Dolly Beach, Christmas Island
  10. Second Valley, SA
  11. Neds Beach, Lord Howe Island

Image: Chris McLennan/Tourism and Events Queensland.

Published on December 22, 2017 by Lauren Vadnjal
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