This Idyllic Coastline Has Been Named Australia's Best Beach for Travellers

Get there before summer ends.
Lauren Vadnjal
Published on February 23, 2017

Last last year beach expert (actual title) Brad Farmer released the first edition of his book 101 Best Beaches, in which he and coastal geomorphologist Professor Andy Short visited all 11,761 of Australia's beaches. Together they named Cossies Beach as their top spot of coastline in the country. However, given the fact that it's located on a secluded island in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and is about a four-hour flight from Perth, it's not exactly an easy (or affordable) trip for the average traveller. But in more accessible beach travel news, TripAdvisor has just released their best Australian beaches to travel to in 2017.

At the top of the list is Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island — its seven-kilometres of pure white sand and clear blue waters giving it ten palm trees out of ten on the paradise scale. Others on the list include tourist-heavy spots Surfers Paradise, Noosa and Sydney's Manly Beach. Turquoise Bay in Western Australia also gets a look-in, as does Broome's Cable Beach and Emily Bay on Norfolk Island.

The list has been pulled together from traveller reviews and ratings on TripAdvisor over the last year, and takes into consideration the quantity and quality of feedback. Obviously the list is determined by the users of TripAdvisor — but even if you don't use it, millions of people do, so it definitely has some sway.

The travel site also ranked the world's best beaches, where Whitehaven was the only Australian beach to get a place at number 17. The number one spot went to Brazil's Baia do Sancho. See the full list of beaches below.


1. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, QLD
2. Surfers Paradise Beach, Gold Coast, QLD
3. Noosa Main Beach, Sunshine Coast QLD
4. Manly Beach, Sydney, NSW
5. Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, WA
6. Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, QLD
7. Cable Beach, Broome, WA
8. Mooloolaba Beach, Sunshine Coast, QLD
9. The Strand, Townsville, QLD
10. Emily Bay, Norfolk Island

Published on February 23, 2017 by Lauren Vadnjal
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