THE COAST WITH THE MOST
Where is Australia’s best beach? It’s a question with no right answer – though if you look at the various travel lists from home and around the world, Whitehaven on the Great Barrier Reef seems to come up trumps most often. Other than that, it really can depend on the circumstances.
In the course of everyday life, the beach that’s within easy travelling time from home will win first prize.
These are the familiar stretches of sand and surf on which we spend weekends, go for early morning and late afternoon walks, know the secret closest parking spot, and have nailed the precise spot to lay down a towel.
If you’re a water sports fan, you may have a favourite surf beach but a different one for diving, windsurfing, open-water swimming or fishing.
Families may have fond memories of the place where the kids christened their Christmas boogie boards or spent Sundays in Nippers.
Then there are the holiday beaches, those just beyond a spontaneous visit or so far flung you have visited just once, a visit you’ll never forget.
Me? I love Noosa. It’s the complete package: warm flattish water, soft white sand, the nearby national park with a world-class coastal walk, all within cooee of excellent cafes.
For our cover story this week we quizzed travel professionals and beach lovers to name their favourite. Turn the page to see the results.