Little-known beach named after Australia's GG wins title of Australia's best

Media Release

FN089/2016

03 December 2016

A remote beach named after Australia’s Governor-General has won the title of Australia’s best, and two of Australia’s little known Territories have been named in the top 10 in a new ranking of Australia’s beaches, Minister for Regional Development and Territories Fiona Nash said today.

A postcard-perfect strip of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Western Australia, took out the title of Australia’s best beach. It had recently been named “Cossies Beach” in honour of Sir Peter Cosgrove and conveniently, “Cossie” is also Aussie slang for a swimming costume.

The “101 Best Beaches” list, released today, ranked all 11,761 of Australia’s beaches. Beach Ambassador and expert Brad Farmer researched, compiled and produced the list - just the second time Australia’s beaches have been independently ranked.

Cossies Beach is near the site of Australia’s first wartime victory at sea, where the HMAS Sydney defeated German destroyer Emden on November 9, 1914. The Governor-General unveiled a plaque commemorating the event at the beach in 2014 and was struck by the beauty of the beach. Mr Farmer named the previously unnamed beach “Cossies” with the permission of the locals.

Minister for Regional Development and Territories Fiona Nash joined Mr Farmer to officially announce the best Australian beaches at Bondi today.

“It’s fantastic the Governor-General has been honoured in such a great Australian way,” Minister Nash said.

“The top 10 also included Dolly Beach on Christmas Island—like Cocos (Keeling) Islands, another of our little known Australian Territories - which came in at Number 7.

“Both Cocos and Christmas Islands have stunning beaches and huge tourism potential. Many Australians don’t realise Christmas Island has pristine beaches, amazing rainforest and great diving.

“Beaches and tourism are such great drivers in regional economies and there’s huge potential in the Indian Ocean Territories, as well as Norfolk Island, which also made the list of 101.

“I’m sure everyone has a favourite beach on this list and nearly all Australians have great memories of the beach—cricket, surfing or a barbecue with mates.

“There’s nothing like the sand between your toes and the crash of the waves.

“Our beaches are the world’s best and we have so many more outside of just Sydney and the Gold Coast!

“Two of our Top 10 Beaches are in the Australian Territories and 17 of our Top 20 Australian Beaches are regional. The inclusion of Cocos (Keeling) and Christmas Islands are deserving as unique and beautiful locations.

“It’s great to see so many of Australia’s top beaches are in rural, regional and remote Australia—get out there and experience them!”

Cocos Keeling Islands Tourism Association Marketing Manager Rik Soderlund said he was “thrilled that our beach was named the best in Australia".

"I wasn’t surprised to be perfectly honest. The beaches on our islands are world class and the way nature intended them to be,” Mr Soderlund said.

"We look forward to welcoming people to our islands to leave their footprint in the sand on the best beach in Australia."

The Governor-General said he was “very honoured”. It is believed to be the first naming of an Australian beach for some years.

Mr Farmer said Cossies Beach was a “little slice of paradise”.

“Sir Peter, like me—and even naturalist Charles Darwin—was impressed by its absolute natural beauty. Australia boasts 11,761 beaches and 8,222 islands over a vast and amazing 59,736kms of diverse coast.”