Aussies already know they have some of the best beaches in the world, but it's always nice to receive some international recognition. It's a title that has been proven time and time again, most recently with the release of FlightNetwork’s 50 Best Beaches list.
More than 600 bloggers, journalists, editors and travel agencies voted and have released a definitive list of beaches that they consider to be the best in the world.
Two Australian beaches made it into the top 10, including Whitehaven Beach in Queensland, which came in at No. 2 and Hyams Beach in New South Wales, which reached spot No. 8.
Tourism Whitsundays representative, Tash Wheeler, says she never tires of the recognition their stunning coastline receives.
“Being recognised as the world’s second best beach is a reminder of just how beautiful and special Whitehaven Beach is,” Wheeler said.
“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.”
Tourism Whitsundays CEO, Craig Turner, says there are a multitude of reasons Whitehaven Beach is an international favourite.
"The 98 per cent silica sand, which is very uncommon, coupled with the pristine turquoise waters of the Whitsundays make Whitehaven Beach unlike any other in the world," Turner told Travel at 60.
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Another reason why the beach remains so popular with travellers, is something all Australian beach-goers can appreciate — the sand won't scorch your feet.
"The silica sand doesn't retain heat so it never gets hot. The water is cool and so is the sand," Turner reveals.
"And because it’s 7km long it doesn’t feel crowded. Enjoying Whitehaven Beach is about finding your own little piece of paradise and unwinding and relaxing."
Hyams Beach, on the other hand, while not as well known, is a photogenic and pristine stretch of coastline along Jervis Bay.
Two other Australian beaches also made it onto the list, including Lucky Bay in Western Australia, which ranked 18th and Turquoise Bay in Western Australia which came out at number 29.
The No. 1 Best Beach title was awarded to Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos Islands.