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Australia home to second best beach in the world

We all know Australia’s home to some of the best beaches around. But now, we have a record of it.

We’ve already got Hyams Beach, which has the whitest sand in the world. And now, we’ve got the second best beach in the world. In. The World. 

That’s right, Whitehaven Beach has been given the glorious title of the second best beach in the world!

If we’re honest, it’s not totally surprising. I mean, look at it.

The pure white sand and cool aqua blue waters of Whitehaven Beach where the forest meets the sea in the Whitsunday Islands. Sailing boats and islands in the distance. Horizontal, copy space.

SERIOUSLY

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia

The iconic 7km stretch of sand has been blowing both Aussies and tourists minds for as long as we can remember – and finally getting the recognition it deserves is the cherry on top.

FlightNetwork, Canada’s largest travel website, created a list of The World’s 50 Best Beaches after double checking with more than 600 of the world’s top travel professionals including journalists, editors, bloggers and agencies on where they thought deserved a spot.

Whitehaven Beach, which scored 10/10 for sheer untouched beauty, remoteness and sand and water quality, was described as “heaven on earth” by judges.

“Whitehaven Beach will make you believe in love at first sight…. seeing all that untouched natural beauty will make you believe in a tropical utopia with glowing sands and crystalline beaches…”

“This stretch of sand, backed by tree-covered mountains, is a heaven on earth which one must see to believe,” one judge said.

Sharron Livingston, from The Travel Magazine, raved about the beach and island.

“Whitehaven Beach has oh-so-white sands, deepest green rainforests, and crystalline waters. It’s a wild island, part of the Great Barrier Reef, and is by far the most beautiful location to experience,” she said.

A spokesperson for FlightNetwork said The World’s 50 Best Beaches© was the most definitive list of beaches ever assembled.

“It is a diverse collection of off-the-beaten-path slices of paradise from every hidden corner of our planet,” she said.

“By asking the top travel professionals – the people who do this for a living – to gain insight from their opinions and expertise, FlightNetwork has created the most trustworthy and accurate list out there to inspire travellers and help them choose their upcoming [Northern Hemisphere] winter holiday destinations.”

Tourism Whitsundays Sales & Marketing Manager Tash Wheeler thanked FlightNetwork for their hard work putting together the list of The World’s 50 Best Beaches, and said it was always nice to have the Whitsundays’ stunning natural assets recognised.

“Being recognised as the world’s second best beach is a reminder of just how beautiful and special Whitehaven Beach is.

“We are truly blessed in the Whitsundays with pristine islands and mainland, subtropical rainforest, crystal clear water and a warm, sunny climate.

“It’s no wonder holidaymakers continue to visit in droves, with Whitehaven Beach one of their “must see” attractions,” she said.

The holder of the Best Beach title is Grace Bay, in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Dreamy.

Beautiful beach at Caribbean Providenciales island in Turks and Caicos

For the complete list of The World’s 50 Best Beaches click here.

We promise you won’t be disappointed.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

  • Bruce

    They really should categorise “best beaches” into meaningful criteria. Whitehaven is beautiful (yes I have been there) but for me i like beaches full of chairs, umbrellas, people selling things, people to watch, watersports and a reasonable number of people (not really crowded) but I do not like an empty beach with no one on it an nothing there. Everyone to their own BUT it seems everyone who makes a “best beaches” list only thinks about their own personal criteria instead of considering what others like.

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