27 September 2023

Kangaroo Stokes best beach award

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The South Australian Tourism Commission has been awarded ‘Best Australian Beach’ for 2023, in particular the Stokes Bay on Kangaroo Island.

The first time a South Australian beach has won top of the annual list, the top 10 beaches include others like Balmoral Beach in Sydney, remote spots like Little Bondi Beach in East Arnhem Land and at least one beach in every State around the nation.

Announcing its award, the Commission said Stokes Bay is loved by travellers from across the globe due to its family-friendly nature and stunning tidal swimming pools that are “perfect for wading or snorkelling”.

SA Minister for Tourism, Zoe Bettison said that with travellers looking for outdoor experiences these days, would-be visitors from around the world will be taking a close look at the list of Best Australian Beaches for 2023.

“Locals know South Australia has the best beaches in the country, if not the world,” Ms Bettison said, “so it is incredibly exciting to have Kangaroo Island’s Stokes Bay to be officially crowned as the Best Australian Beach”.

“Following devastating bushfires and a pandemic, it is wonderful to see Kangaroo Island top coveted lists worldwide – including top 10 in the New York Times’ 52 Places to Go list for 2023 – helping the region, and South Australia, be top of mind for visitors globally,” she said.

National Minister for Tourism, Senator Don Farrell congratulated the Commission saying Australia boasts the world’s best coastline and many international travellers, who are returning to the country’s shores in growing numbers, want to explore the idyllic beaches is has to offer.

“Every beach on the 2023 list is not just among the best in Australia, but the best in the world,” Senator Farrell said.

“As a proud South Australian, I’m happy to see Stokes Bay on Kangaroo Island named the ‘Best Australian Beach’ for 2023,” he said.

For the record, the 10 best Australian beaches for 2023 are:

  1. Stokes Bay – SA, Kangaroo Island
    2. Boomerang Beach – NSW, Mid North Coast
    3. Rainbow Beach – QLD, Cooloola Coast
    4. Apollo Bay – VIC, Great Ocean Road
    5. Adventure Bay – TAS, Bruny Island
    6. Hamelin Bay – WA, South-West
    7. Little Bondi Beach – NT, East Arnhem Land
    8. British Admiralty Beach – TAS, King Island, Bass Strait
    9. Flying Fish Cove – Christmas Island
    10. Balmoral Beach – NSW, Sydney Harbour

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