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

Where is it, you ask? Good question.
Lauren Vadnjal
Published on December 05, 2016

We don't know what you have to do to be considered a 'beach expert', but after Australia's best beaches were revealed over the weekend, we're sure we need to become one. The 2017 list details 101 of the country's most stunning beaches, but the beach that's come out as number one isn't Bondi or Jervis Bay — it's Cossies Beach.

Where the bloody hell is Cossies Beach, you say? It's located on Direction Island, which is part of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands about a four and a half hour flight from Perth. It's closer to Jakarta than Perth, which makes the logistics of your escape to the exquisite blue water paradise extremely difficult — but perhaps that's why it's so coveted.

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 first 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 remote Cossies Beach as number one. It's so remote in fact that it didn't even have a name — while conducting his research, Farmer named it after after Australia's 26th Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, after seeking permission from locals. It's obviously insanely beautiful, and the pair have noted it as the best beach of them all due to its shallow water creating a brilliant blue colour, its 300-metre white sand strip, great snorkelling and shade from coconut palms.

Other top beaches are ones you probably haven't heard too much about either — Moonee Beach on the Coffs Coast, Turquoise Bay in WA and Dolly Beach on Christmas Island all make the list. Tourist spots Burleigh Heads and Apollo Bay get a look in as well. Have a look at the top ten below.


1. Cossies Beach, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean

2. Nudey Beach, Fitzroy Island, Far North Queensland

3. Moonee Beach, Coffs Coast, NSW

4. Turquoise Bay, Coral Coast, WA

5. Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Queensland

6. Maslin Beach, Adelaide, SA

7. Dolly Beach, Christmas Island, Indian Ocean

8. Shelly Beach, Nambucca Coast, NSW

9. Boat Harbour Beach, North West Coast, Tasmania

10. Apollo Bay, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Images: Rik Soderlund via 101 Best Beaches. 

Published on December 05, 2016 by Lauren Vadnjal
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