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South Australian beach named in Australia’s Top Ten Beaches

Long Beach, Limestone Coast – Offroad Images
Abbie Tiller

Robe’s Long Beach makes Top Ten Aussie Beaches list

South Australia’s pristine beaches will remain a National secret, with all but one avoiding the Official Best Australian Beaches for 2024.

The carefully curated annual top 10 list of beaches was announced by “beach expert”, Brad Farmer AM, and was chosen from 12,000 contenders from across Australia’s mainland and surrounding islands.

But there was one stand-out South Aussie beach, which couldn’t escape the National spotlight.

Robe’s Long Beach came in at number 8. The iconic Limestone Coast stretch of sand boasts stunning aqua water and kilometres of drivable, white sandy beach, with gentle surf, making it the perfect family-friendly spot for swimming and surfing.
Long Beach, Limestone Coast – Photo by Mark Fitzpatrick

Squeaky Beach is the first Victorian beach to claim the coveted ‘Best Australian Beach’ title after nudging out The Farm in New South Wales, which finished second, and Australia’s southernmost beach, Cockle Creek in Tasmania, which took out the bronze.

Mr Farmer, who is an Australian coastal veteran and one of Tourism Australia’s Friends of Australia, said the list of beaches is refreshed each year to highlight different destinations and to showcase the diversity of beaches Australia has to offer.

“The list of ‘best beaches’ attracts headlines both here in Australia and in key international tourism markets around the world. That’s why I take the chance to uncover some of those destinations that might not be well-known but are home to some of Australia’s, and in my opinion, the world’s, best beaches,” Mr Farmer said.

“The year’s list includes at least one beach from each State, the Northern Territory and even an Australian external territory, which is well off the coast of Australia, but the search for best beaches extends far and wide and one island on the far-flung archipelago caught my eye.”

“Of course all of the ‘Best Australian Beaches’ for 2024 are worthy of the recognition and so are the many thousands of others in Australia and off our coast, making it a tough, sometimes controversial job to come up with a list of just 10 but it has been an honour to do just that once again.”

‘Top 10’ Best Australian Beaches 2024

  1. Squeaky Beach – Wilsons Promontory, Victoria
  2. The Farm – Shellharbour, New South Wales
  3. Cockle Creek – South East, Tasmania
  4. Madfish Bay – Great Southern, Western Australia
  5. Pulu Blan Madar Island – Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  6. Cylinder Beach – North Stradbroke Island, QLD
  7. Lagoon Beach – Lord Howe Island, NSW
  8. Long Beach – Robe, SA
  9. Cow Bay – FNQ
  10. Casuarina Beach – Darwin NT

Federal Minister for Trade and Tourism,  Don Farrell said  “Australia’s beaches are the best in the world, and the list of ‘Best Australian Beaches’, showcases some of our hidden treasures to travellers here and abroad.”

“With tourism to Australia continuing to rebound following the pandemic, it’s important we continue to make sure Australia is front and centre on the world stage, and showcasing the diverse range of beautiful beaches we have to offer is a great way to do just that.”

Brad Farmer said that “beaches are much more than just a place to lay a towel and get wet. Our coasts have the potential to become this nation’s greatest sustainable resource for generations to come.”

Mr Farmer also warned swimmers to always bath between the flags, where possible, and if you can’t get to a patrolled beach assess conditions and plan how to stay safe before entering the water.


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