Australia’s best beach: Where to stay

By Tegan Reeves,

We know what you’re all thinking – how do you even go about awarding the highly contentious title of ‘Australia’s best beach’? You visit them. All 11,761 to be exact.

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Coastal geomorphologist, or man-with-the-best-job-in-the-world, Professor Andy Short has personally visited every beach in Australia. Working with Tourism Australia Aquatic and Coastal Ambassador Brad Farmer, the duo have named Cossies Beach, on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands as Australia’s best beach.

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You’re wondering ‘where the bloody hell is that?’ Cocos Islands consists of 27 coral islands, of which only two are populated. A four-and-a-half-hour flight from Perth will land you on the remote Indian Ocean islands, where the local lifestyle revolves around relaxation.

“We are one of Australia’s best-kept secrets – paradise defined: safe swimming, crystal clear warm water, abundant marine life, friendly locals, picture postcard scenery everywhere you turn,” Cocos Keeling Islands Tourism Association Marketing Manager, Rik Soderlund, said.

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Cossies Beach also happens to be Australia’s most remote beach, so if you’re going to pay it a visit, you’ll need to sort out a place to sleep. The modest size of the main island means that accommodation is (very) limited, and often books out in advance, so plan accordingly.

Cocos Seaview Apartments

Intimate, like the island, Cocos Seaview Apartments offers just three rooms. All suites come with a fully equipped kitchenette, private deck, and access to the outdoor entertainment area. A plethora of activities are on offer – surfing, snorkelling, tennis and the intense sport known as bird watching. Seaview fishing tours are one of the highlights of staying here – the fishing in this relatively untouched territory is exceptional.

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cocos-seaview-bedA seven-night minimum stay applies to ensure you have time to fully adapt to the island way of life, which basically just entails maximum relaxation.

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Cocos Castaway

At Cocos Seaview Apartments, everything has been thought of. This begins the moment you arrive with owners Annelies and Graham Flynn meeting you at the airport.

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cocos-castaway-bedThe self-contained villas are decorated in theme with the natural surrounds, and come with bonuses like bicycles and picnic packs. Kick back in the hammocks or cook up a storm in the BBQ area. The island vibes here are off the radar.

Like most accommodation on the island, a minimum stay of one week applies. That shouldn’t be a problem though, because you’re literally staying in paradise. Not only does the island have the best beach in Australia, it’s also winter free. Temperatures on the island hover at 30 degrees, meaning you can enjoy the beach all year long.

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