Aussie beaches rank among world's best

Australia's Whitehaven Beach is the best beach in the South Pacific region and the fifth best in the world, according to TripAdvisor.

The independent review site announced the winners of its Traveller’s Choice awards for beaches, recognising more than 322 beaches globally.

Chief executive of Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited (WMDL) Danial Rochford welcomed the news of Whitehaven's high ranking on behalf of the Whitsundays tourism industry.

“We are very excited that the Whitehaven Beach has taken out the top award and has been recognised as one of the most best beaches in the world,” he said.

Western Australia’s Turquoise Beach and Cable Beach came in at number 20 and 22 respectively in the round up of the top 25 beaches in the world.

But scoring top place was Baia do Sancho in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil.

A TripAdvisor survey found that of more than 2,200 Australian travellers, two in three reported having taken a beach holiday in 2013 while four in five travellers plan on going on a beach vacation in 2014.

Check out the full lists of the winning beaches – do you agree?

Top 25 Beaches in the World:

1.       Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

2.      Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

3.      Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico

4.      Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy

5.      Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia

6.      Playa de ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain

7.      Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles

8.      Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Hawaii

9.      Rhossili Bay, Swansea, Wales

10.    Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

11.    Playa Paraiso Beach, Cayo Largo, Cuba

12.    Praia dos Carneiros, Tamandare, Brazil

13.    Lopes Mendes Beach, Ilha Grande, Brazil

14.   The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

15.   Playa de las Catedrales, Ribadeo, Spain

16.   Ka'anapali Beach, Lahaina, United States

17.   Elafonissi  Beach, Elafonissi, Greece

18.   Cala Mariolu, Baunei, Italy

19.   White Beach, Boracay, Philippines

20.   Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, Australia

21.   Anse Source d'Argent, La Digue Island, Seychelles

22.   Cable Beach, Broome, Australia

23.   Playa Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

24.   Camp's Bay Beach, Camps Bay, South Africa

25.   Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India


Top 10 Beaches in the South Pacific:

1.      Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia

2.      Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, Australia

3.      Cable Beach, Broome, Australia

4.      Maunganui Beach, Maunganui, New Zealand

5.      Shelly Beach, Sydney, Australia

6.      Burleigh Heads Beach, Burleigh Heads, Australia

7.      Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, Australia

8.      Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia

9.      Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

10.   Piha Beach, Piha, New Zealand      


Top 10 Beaches in Australia:

1.      Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, QLD

2.      Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, WA

3.      Cable Beach, Broome, WA

4.      Shelly Beach, Sydney, NSW

5.      Burleigh Heads Beach, Burleigh Heads, QLD

6.      Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, QLD

7.      Manly Beach, Sydney, NSW

8.      Cottesloe Beach, Cottesloe, WA

9.      Noosa Main Beach, Noosa, QLD

10.  Coolangatta Beach, Coolangatta, QLD  



Turquoise Beach which ranked 20 in the world. 


Manly Beach which ranked 7 for the top 10 Australian beaches. 


Baia do Sancho, Fernado de Noronha, Brazil, which ranked number 1 for the world. 


Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday island which ranked number 5 in the world. 


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