A hamlet beach neighbouring a pink lake on Western Australia’s Coral Coast has been ranked runner-up to the 2018 best beach in the country, and takes out best mainland beach in Australia. Horrocks Beach, approximately 485km north of Perth, was listed second on Brad Farmer’s list of Australia’s 101 Best Beaches for 2018 and was narrowly beaten by Nudey Beach on Fitzroy Island, off the QLD coast.
Located just north of Geraldton between the towns of Northampton and Kalbarri, the hamlet of Horrocks with 138 permanent residents (Source: 2016 Census Data), was narrowly beaten by Nudey Beach on Fitzroy Island, off the QLD coast for the number 1 spot overall.
Horrocks offers 7 kilometres of coastal and aquatic immersion. Turning off the North-West Highway at Northampton, the undulating hills open to a village encircled by the Bowes River and the Indian Ocean, encrusted by a unique reef system. Frequented by residents of the nearby heritage-listed Northampton, Horrocks is a haven for those wanting to escape the crowds.
The founder of Ocean Care Day and Tourism Australia’s beach ambassador, Mr Brad Farmer, has spent the over 30 year’s independently visiting and reviewing Australia’s 11,761 beaches (with Prof. Andy Short) for the 2018 list.
Farmer, the nation’s leading beach expert, said that Horrocks Beach met his “Triple A Rating” scoring criteria – affordable, accessible and authentic in addition to being a quintessentially Australian beach village, bringing classic coastal characters with a community vibe that is so laid back that thongs are considered dressy.
“I have found no other lagoon setting in Australia quite like Horrocks. It is a safe beach with the most complete number of beach activities.” said Mr Farmer.
Another beach making the Top 10 was Red Bluff at Quobba Station (placing 8th), also found on Australia’s Coral Coast, where the southern section of the 300km Ningaloo Reef begins. With the commencement of Qantas’ direct service from London to Perth in March 2018 and the add-on fare of £35 to Learmonth (Ningaloo’s airport), it is expected that more Europeans will visit Ningaloo and Quobba.
David O’Malley, CEO of Australia’s Coral Coast, said “it is pleasing to see two of Australia’s lesser known beaches being recognised in this way. I would encourage people to visit the region to discover these award-winning beaches, along with many more of our hidden aquatic gems.”