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Tripadvisor names Aussie beach world’s best

Queensland, WA beaches shine in new index

Tripadvisor has just named an iconic Australian shoreline the World’s Best Beach. 


Based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings from Tripadvisor travellers for beaches over a 12-month period, the 2021 Travelers’ Choice Best Beaches Awards include the most spectacular coastlines on the planet. 


Whitehaven Beach, Queensland


But it was Queensland’s famed Whitehaven Beach – accessible only by boat, seaplane or helicopter - that set the most tongues wagging over the last 12 months, with the Aussie hotspot beating Cuba’s Santa Maria Beach and Brazil’s Baia do Sancho to the 2021 prize. 


Proving just how stunning the Australian coast is, Turquoise Bay in Exmouth (Western Australia) also finished among the top 10 beaches globally, placing sixth. 


Aussie shores also dominated the list of Best Beaches in the South Pacific region, with half of the top 10 beaches located across Queensland and WA.


For the first time, the awards also took into account the volume of “saves” for beaches on Tripadvisor, reflecting the desire most travellers had for beach holidays even if they couldn’t take them last year. 


A recent Tripadvisor survey revealed that 60% of travellers were very likely to take a beach trip in 2021.


Top 10 Beaches in the World

Whitehaven Beach - Whitsunday Island, Australia

Santa Maria Beach - Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

Baia do Sancho - Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Grace Bay Beach - Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Saint Pete Beach - Florida, United States

Turquoise Bay - Exmouth, Australia

Eagle Beach - Eagle Beach, Aruba

Spiaggia dei Conigli - Lampedusa, Italy

Ka'anapali Beach - Hawaii, United States

Baía dos Golfinhos - Praia da Pipa, Brazil


Top 10 Beaches in the South Pacific

Whitehaven Beach - Whitsunday Island, Australia

Turquoise Bay - Exmouth, Australia

Cape Le Grand National Park - Esperance, Australia

Greens Pool - Denmark, Australia 

Cable Beach - Broome, Australia

Matira Beach - Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Piscine Naturelle - Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia

Ohope Beach - Whakatane, New Zealand 

Kaiteriteri Beach - Kaiteriteri, New Zealand

Mt Maunganui Main Beach - Mount Maunganui, New Zealand


Where's your favourite beach, in Australia or abroad?


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 24 February 2021

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