Agnes Water named as one of best beaches in Australia

Agnes Water has been named in the 101 Best Beaches in Australia book.
Agnes Water has been named in the 101 Best Beaches in Australia book. Carl O'Loughlin

AGNES Water is attracting unprecedented national and international attention after the release of the new bestseller, 101 Best Australian Beaches, by Professor Andrew Short and Brad Farmer.

Out of the 11,761 Aussie beaches visited by the authors, Agnes came in the top 101 that made it into the book - and was No.1 in Prof Short's personal top 10.

Prof Short is known as the world's authority on beaches, after publishing numerous books, scientific journals and papers on coastal geomorphology.


Agnes Water has been named in the 101 Best Beaches in Australia book.
Agnes Water has been named in the 101 Best Beaches in Australia book. Contributed

He has documented first-hand every beach on the Australian coastline, travelling on foot, by boat, plane, helicopter and 4WD.


Brad Farmer, a third-generation surfer and founder of Ocean Care Day and the Surfrider Foundation, had Crescent Heads on the NSW north coast as his personal No.1 - but admitted Agnes Water was a bit of a favourite too.

"I'm a Queenslander. I couldn't have too many Queensland beaches in there - it would seem a bit biased."

Mr Farmer said the book was selling well and he was initially surprised by the attention.

"It has been hectic. I did 14 media interviews yesterday from around Australia and overseas," he said.

"There have been plenty of books and TV programs claiming the best beaches, but this is the first time it has been done in an authoritative way.

"We are a couple of people who know what we are talking about when it comes to beaches."

And it was Agnes Water photographer Carl O'Loughlin who took some of the beautiful images that appear in the book.

The state's best:

  • Agnes Water
  • Bramston Beach, Cairns
  • Cape Hillsborough
  • Cylinders Beach
  • Eimeo
  • Four Mile Beach
  • Frangipani Beach
  • Horseshoe Bay
  • Mission Beach
  • Mon Repos
  • Myall Beach
  • Palm Cove
  • Rainbow Bay
  • Rainbow Beach
  • Resort Beach
  • Seventy Five Mile Beach
  • Surfers Paradise
  • Tangalooma
  • Tea Tree Beach, Noosa
  • The Strand
  • Whitehaven Beach

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