Saturday, 3 February 2024



The Farm at Killalea has been named the best beach in New South Wales and awarded second best beach in the country in Tourism Australia’s Best Australian Beaches list.

The annual list is carefully curated by beach expert, Brad Farmer AM, to highlight different destinations and to showcase the diversity of beaches Australia has to offer.

The Farm has captured the hearts of ocean lovers worldwide, with its rich history, stunning natural beauty and status as a National Surfing Reserve.

Shellharbour City Council Mayor Chris Homer said he couldn’t be prouder.

“My relationship with Killalea has been one of absolute fondness and passion over the years,” Mayor Homer said.

“This accolade of our very own (and my personal favourite) local beach out of almost 12,000 beaches will attract national and international headlines and gain the attention of travellers keen to feel the sand between their toes and explore one of Australia's world class beaches.

“For a country that bases a lot of its marketing on stunning beaches and the coast, this puts the Farm, Killalea and Shellharbour City at the forefront of why people love Australia,” he said.

“I’ve been surfing at the farm since I was 12. It’s a stunning environment that has broadly touched so many people.

“It’s got world-class surf and when you’re there, you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, yet you’re in the middle of a stunning growing city like Shellharbour,” Mayor Homer said.

Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones praised the announcement.

“It’s great that The Farm has won silver in the Best Australian Beaches for 2024 list, but in my eyes it should be number one. It’s a breathtaking beach, loved by locals and tourists – particularly surfers.

“Killalea is a significant cultural site for our First Nations peoples. This place highlights our beautiful region not only to Australia, but to the rest of the world,” he said.

Lyndel Gray, Chair, Destination Sydney Surrounds South said, “Destination Sydney Surrounds South is delighted to join Shellharbour City Council in celebrating this recognition. The visitor economy plays a very important role in the region supporting small businesses and sustainable economic growth.”

Nathan Cattell, Area Manager Illawarra Highlands at National Parks & Wildlife Service, also commended The Farm’s achievement.

“The Farm Beach is a culturally significant and special place to visit. Pristine and nestled between the cliffs, providing the feeling that you could be anywhere in the world.

“The National Parks and Wildlife Service commends the recognition of such an iconic beach and will continue to maintain its natural beauty,” he said.

The title highlights just one of the many incredible tourism assets that Shellharbour City has to offer to drive the local visitor economy. To find out more about what is on offer in Shellharbour visit:

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