Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island. Picture: Jason Hill / Tourism and Events Queensland
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island. Picture: Jason Hill / Tourism and Events Queensland

Aussie beach named world No.2

AUSTRALIAN beaches are among the best on the planet - but according to a new global list, there's one spot in the world that's even better.

Whitehaven Beach on Queensland's Whitsunday Island came in at No. 2 in the world, while Hyams Beach in NSW's Jervis Bay National Park was named No.8.

"Whitehaven Beach will make you believe in love at first sight," the listing compiled by FlightNetwork gushed about Australia's top beach, awarding it 10 out of 10 for its sheer untouched beauty, remoteness and sand and water quality.

Whitehaven Beach is not just Australia’s best, it’s one of the world’s top beaches. Picture: Tourism and Events Queensland
Whitehaven Beach is not just Australia’s best, it’s one of the world’s top beaches. Picture: Tourism and Events Queensland

Of the top NSW beach, the list says: "No place on earth invites you to relax and unwind quite like the luxuriously soft white sands of Hyams Beach."

Hyams Beach has been named among the world’s top 10. Picture: Tourism Australia
Hyams Beach has been named among the world’s top 10. Picture: Tourism Australia

So, where in the world could the beaches be better than Australia?

Stealing the No. 1 spot was Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos Islands, described as "the most iconic and awe-inspiring stretch of sand in the world".

"The protective and remarkably colourful barrier reef, which sits 1.6km off the shore, keeps the ocean swells at bay, making Grace Bay one of the most ideal places to soak in warm Atlantic waters," the listing says.

 

Grace Bay has been named the world’s No. 1 beach.
Grace Bay has been named the world’s No. 1 beach.

FlightNetwork, a Canadian online travel agency, consulted more than 600 travel journalists, editors and bloggers from around the world in a quest to come up with the definitive world's 50 best beaches list.

Elsewhere in the top 50, Lucky Bay in Western Australia's Cape Le Grand National Park came in at No. 18, earning praise for its "pristine nature, gorgeous weather, and sand that actually squeaks as you walk".

 

Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, WA. Picture: Sean Scott / Tourism Australia
Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, WA. Picture: Sean Scott / Tourism Australia

And Turquoise Bay near Exmouth, WA, was ranked No. 29, thanks to "the purest and most vivid turquoise coloured waters a traveller will ever experience".

Turquoise Bay is a popular snorkelling spot.
Turquoise Bay is a popular snorkelling spot.

WORLD'S TOP 10 BEACHES

1. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

2. Whitehaven Beach, Australia

3. Anse Lazio, Seychelles

4. Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

5. Navagio Beach, Greece

Navagio Beach is also known as Shipwreck Beach.
Navagio Beach is also known as Shipwreck Beach.

6. Baia Dos Porcos, Brazil

7. Playa Paraiso, Mexico

8. Hyams Beach, Australia

9. Hidden Beach, Mexico

10. Trunk Bay, US Virgin Islands



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