White­haven ac­claimed

Whit­sun­day beach ranked as sec­ond best in the world

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

IT HAS snow-white sand and bright turquoise wa­ters, it’s a stone’s throw from the iconic Great Bar­rier Reef, and it’s in an Aus­tralian state fa­mous around the world for its per­fect weather.

White­haven Beach has been ranked the sec­ond-best beach in the world, ac­cord­ing to a new global rank­ing sure to upset its many ador­ing fans.

The lat­est an­nual list of the world’s top 100 beaches has been re­leased by travel web­site Flight Net­work.

The list is put to­gether by more than 1200 travel pro­fes­sion­als across the world, who have combed through 165 coun­tries across seven con­ti­nents to de­ter­mine the best stretches of sand on the planet.

They de­cided the best beach in the world was Ship­wreck Beach on the Greek is­land of Zakyn­thos, also known as Zante, in the Io­nian Sea.

The beach, which also goes by the name Nav­a­gio Beach, is a se­cluded cove sur­rounded by dra­matic cliffs and fea­tures the ship­wreck of the freight­liner MV Pana­gi­o­tis on its golden sand. It scored 10/10 for “sheer un­touched beauty”, 8/10 for re­mote­ness and 8/10 for sand and wa­ter qual­ity.

“Out of a dream, the crys­tal clear wa­ters lap against this small beach with the bones of an old ship rust­ing away in the sand,” re­viewer Erin Miller from the web­site Up­graded Points said. “It’s quite lit­er­ally a once-in-a-life­time kind of beach.”

White­haven Beach, on the east coast of Whit­sun­day Is­land, Queens­land, scored 10/10 for beauty, 10/10 for re­mote­ness, and 9/10 for sand and wa­ter qual­ity (which, we no­tice, were higher rat­ings than the Greek beach got).

Greg Bar­ton, from Reader’s Di­gest, called White­haven a “pic­turesque oa­sis”.

“White­haven Beach is an ideal spot for fam­i­lies look­ing to fully set­tle into the laid-back, beach life­style, as there are gor­geous camp­ing spots and bar­be­cue fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

White­haven’s re­view also noted it has 292 an­nual days of sun­shine and an av­er­age an­nual tem­per­a­ture of a per­fect 27C.

Hid­den Beach (The Philip­pines), Praia Do San­cho (Brazil) and Tu­lum Beach (Mex­ico) rounded out the top five.

Else­where, Blinky Beach (Lord Howe Is­land) came in at num­ber 30, Hyams Beach (south of Syd­ney) came 33rd, and WA beaches Cable Beach and Lucky Bay came in 34th and 35th.

Tas­ma­nia beau­ties Wine­glass Bay and Bi­na­long Bay came in at 44th and 90th.

PHOTO: GE­OR­GIA SIMP­SON

STUN­NING SPOT: White­haven Beach has been named the world’s sec­ond-best beach by travel web­site Flight Net­work.

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