THE COAST WITH THE MOST

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - WELCOME AERIAL VIEW, NOOSA MAIN BEACH -

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.

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