Australia is well known for the laid back atmosphere and sunny surfer vibes of its beaches, but now the quality of the sandy stretches Down Under has been officially put on record with an impressive global accolade for Whitehaven Beach.
The glorious white 98% silica of Whitehaven has rightly become an icon of the Whitsundays, the collection of islands which lie between Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef and are famed for lovely blue waters and fantastic beaches to enjoy them from.
And now it has been named the second best beach in the world in a list of The World’s 50 Best Beaches put together by Canada’s largest travel website, Flight Network, based on consultations with more than 600 of the world’s top travel professionals, including journalists, editors, bloggers and agencies.
Whitehaven Beach registered a perfect 10/10, scoring highly for its sheer untouched beauty, remoteness and the quality of both its sand and water.
Sharon Livingston of The Travel Magazine was particularly complimentary of the beach’s beauty.
“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.
The organisers of the survey described how the calibre of those polled makes the top 50 list a highly reliable gauge of the very best beaches out there.
“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,” a spokesperson said.