Misery Beach is a small, secluded and pretty beach, 21 kilometres south of Albany in the Torndirrup National Park.
It's a quiet, little known beach, with bright white sands, turquoise waters, and dramatic granite outcrops. Facing north, it is relatively sheltered and suitable for sun bathing, swimming, snorkeling and fishing.
In 2022, Misery Beach was voted "Best Beach in Australia" by Tourism Australia, the sentiment being that visitors are looking for something beautiful, secluded and worth a little exploring to find, and that many of the country's most popular beaches have become overcrowded, overused and losing their natural charm.
Misery Beach is similar in feel to Little Beach, another highly rated local beach near Peaceful Bay.
Historically, Misery Beach was named for the offal that would wash ashore from the nearby whaling station, staining the sands with blood and gore. Since the station's closure in 1978, the beach has naturally renewed into the dazzling gem it is today.
The whaling station itself is now a poplar museum, complete with whale chaser boat, whale skeletons, interactive displays, guided tours and a cafe.
Misery Beach is located 20 kilometres South of Albany in the Torndirrup National Park, close to Albany's Historic Whaling Station, Salmon Holes Beach and Bald Head, and nearby Gap and Natural Bridge.
Accessible by 2 wheel drive, a small cark park leads to trail and steps down to the beach itself. There are no toilets or drinking water. Dogs and camping are not permitted.
Article updated 06/04/2022