Mr Farmer is the founder of the Surfrider Foundation Australia, Ocean Care Day and the National and World Surfing Reserves movements, all of which are not-for-profit initiatives.
He is a passionate advocate for Australian coastlines and beaches and he self-funds the 101 Best Beaches initiative each year, receiving no funding or incentives to ensure independence in this conservation-based endeavour.
The winner of the coveted title of Best Australian Beach for 2020 is Cabarita, on the NSW Tweed Coast, with the Gold Coast’s Currumbin Beach second.
The report on Minnamurra shows it was the range of water elements that caught Mr Farmer’s eye:
“Features make a coastal setting and this candidate just 90 minutes south of Sydney meets that criteria on so many levels. A long, wave-lashed shoreline north via Mystics Beach to the Killalea National Surfing Reserve are inviting, as are the tranquil waters of the Minnamurra River. But it’s the volcanic outcrop known as Stack Island which naturally attracts the beachscape eyeline here. The idyllic village backing onto the Kiama Golf Course feels miles away from anywhere with its waterways inviting you to fish, paddle or BBQ. Ideal for a day trip or weekend, this is an off the highway sanctuary. From the rivermouth to the backwaters, Minnamurra lives up to its Indigenous name ‘plenty of fish’ and Minno’s is a coastal site of immense natural beauty. If the beach is wild, explore the nearby Minnamurra Rainforest.”
No doubt our other beaches are listed in the yet to be released 101 Best Beaches.