Ten perfect Australian beaches

Whitsunday islands, Australia

Whitehaven is the best beach in Australia, according to travellers.

The unique beach, located in the Whitsunday Islands, was named the number one stretch of sand in the country in TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice awards.

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Whitehaven Beach stretches over seven kilometres and boasts brilliant white silica sand that is among the purest in the world. The pristine beach's sand doesn't retain heat, which makes it comfortable to walk on even during the hottest months of the year. At its northern end is Hill Inlet, a beautiful inlet where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a beautiful fusion of colours.

The gorgeous beach in Queensland topped TripAdvisor's list for the fourth year in a row.

Travellers praised the glorious sands for offering "one of the best moments of my life" and for being simply "breathtaking". One TripAdvisor user said Whitehaven has the "whitest, softest sand ever," while another said it was "paradise untouched by development".

It wasn't the only beach in Queensland to make it onto the list as Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast was placed second, followed by Noosa Beach. Other sandy spots in Sydney, Western Australia and Norfolk Island also featured on the list.

Discover TripAdvisor's ten best beaches to visit in Australia below.

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Did you know? The sand on Whitehaven Beach doesn't retain heat which makes it comfortable to walk on even during the hottest months of the year. 

Best time to go: Year-round

Did you know? Originally called Elston, the town's name was changed after Jim Cavill opened the Surfer's Paradise Hotel in 1933 and he lobbied to rename the area to match. 

Best time to go: October - May

Did you know? Noosa has gentle waves perfect for those learning to surf and it's one of the few beaches along the Australian coastline that faces north. 

Best time to go: October - May

Did you know? Captain Arthur Phillip, the first Governor of New South Wales, named the beach after the manly behaviour of the indigenous people who lived there.

Best time to go: Year-round

Did you know? Turquoise Bay is ideal for snorkelling and it sits on one of the most westerly points in the whole of Australia. 

Best time to go: May - October

Did you know? You can take a walk through Burleigh Heads National Park for the chance to catch a glimpse of whales and sea eagles.

Best time to go: Year-round

Did you know? Visitors to Broome can enjoy an early morning or sunset camel ride across Cable Beach.

Best time to go: Year-round

Did you know? The name Mooloolaba comes from the Aboriginal words for snapper fish and red-bellied black snake. 

Best time to go? October - May

Did you know? You can enjoy views of Magnetic Island and Cape Cleveland from the sands on The Strand.

Best time to go? October - May

Did you know? Norfolk Island is in the Pacific Ocean and is currently a territory of Australia but was initially settled by East Polynesians.

Best time to go? Year-round

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