The phrase 'best beaches in Australia' may conjure up thoughts of Noosa Heads and Manly Beach, but according to Tourism Australia and it's Top 20 Beaches for 2020, one of the most popular beaches on the Fleurieu Peninsula beats both of them.
Southport Beach in Port Noarlunga has been announced as the eighth best beach in Australia by Tourism Australia's Beach Ambassador, Brad Farmer; and with 35 years of of exploring beaches around the world, and having explored many of Australia's 11,761 - his words hold their weight.
In making his decision, Mr Farmer took into account international suitability, beach safety, engagement with authentic Aussie locals, and how likely one would be to recommend the beach to a friend.
President of the Southport Surf Life Saving Club Dick Dick Olesinski he believes Southport is one of the most unique beaches in South Australia, if not Australia.
"It's got a very active surf beach on the western side and behind it is the Onkaparinga river. It's got the best of both worlds, it's an aquatic paradise," he said.
Adding that you can get into the more active side of surfing and fishing on the beach side or enjoy the 'safer' more docile river behind for activities like stand up paddle boarding.
Dick believes that due to Southport being only accessible by those willing to walk 100-200 metres this has helped reduced the number of people engaging in 'silly' activities. In 2020 the Surf Life Saving Club will celebrate its 60th year of operations.
The winner of the Top 20 Australian Beaches was Cabarita in New South Wales, followed up by Currumbin Queensland. Perhaps the most curious placing on the list was number nine, Wagga Wagga Beach in New South Wales - an inland beach based on the shoreline of the Murrumbidgee River.