Australia’s Whitehaven Beach has been named the best spot in the South Pacific for some sun and sand,
In a field dominated by Australian coastlines, the Whitsundays beach took top billing over the likes of New Zealand’s Maunganui Beach and Turquoise Bay in Western Australia.
Seven Australian beaches – three each in Queensland and Western Australia plus Manly Beach in NSW – made the list, along with Titikaveka Beach in the Cook Islands and French Polynesia’s Matira Beach.
Whitehaven is a stunning 7km stretch of beach that runs along Whitsunday Island. Accessible by boat from Shute beachand the Hamilton Islands, the beach is known for it’s iconic white sands.
Despite Whitehaven’s third year atop the Australian standings, it slipped four spots on the global index.
Unlike regular beaches, the sand on Whitehaven does not absorb heat making it much easier to walk barefoot on, on a hot day.
But despite Whitehaven’s third year atop the Australian beach standings, it slipped four spots to ninth place on the global index.
Turquoise beach nabbed the second spot Down Under.
Situated near the town of Exmouth and known for its pristine water, the beach is a popular snorkelling haunt with an array of colourful coral and fish – more than 500 fish species reflecting every colour of the rainbow.
Brazil’s Baia do Sancho was again voted the best beach in the world, according to traveller reviews.
Cable Beach in West Australia, where tourists can ride camels at sunrise or sunset, was ranked as the third most spectacular in Australia.
The 22 kilometre stretch of pristine sand near Broome is popular with both locals and visitors.
Set against a backdrop of red earth the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the stunning stretch of sand is known for its spectacular sunsets.
The Gold Coast in Queensland had a number of entrants in the top ten – the first of which was with Burleigh Heads at number four.
Renowned for its surf break, the beach is a little quieter than some of it’s other tourist-laden counterparts on the Gold Coast