Australia wins Tripadvisor's world’s best beach in 2021

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We know Australia has some of the best beaches, but even without international travellers allowed to visit our shores, an Aussie favourite has taken out the top spot in the world's best beaches awards for 2021.

A view of Whitehaven beach in the Whitsunday islands, Queensland, Australia
Whitehaven beach has been crowned the best in the world. Photo: Getty

Tripadvisor this week revealed the results of its annual Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards for the Beaches category, and Australia’s Whitehaven Beach has come out on top.

Highlighting travellers’ favourite beaches across the globe, from sweeping white sand and turquoise waters in tropical climates, to dramatic cliffs and pounding surf in some of the most secluded spots on Earth, the awards are based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings from Tripadvisor travellers for beaches, gathered over a 12-month period.

This year specifically, the Best of the Best Beaches also took into account the volume of “saves” for beaches on Tripadvisor, reflecting the position that many travellers were in for much of 2020 — unable to travel, desperate to travel, lusting after the beaches they wished they could visit.


In 2021, Australia’s Whitehaven Beach takes the top spot amongst global travellers and is also the number one beach in the South Pacific.

The remote Australian paradise, located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, is only accessible by boat, seaplane or helicopter and is lauded by travellers for its gorgeous soft white sand and postcard perfect turquoise water.

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Whitehaven beach took top spot amongst global travellers and is also the number one beach in the South Pacific. Photo: Getty

Another Australian gem on the World’s list is Turquoise Bay, rated sixth in the world and second in the South Pacific. Of the 10 best beaches in the South Pacific, Australia also dominates the list, with the top 50 per cent located across Queensland and Western Australia.

Top 10 Beaches in the World

  1. Whitehaven Beach - Whitsunday Island, Australia

  2. Santa Maria Beach - Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

  3. Baia do Sancho - Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

  4. Grace Bay Beach - Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

  5. Saint Pete Beach - Florida, United States

  6. Turquoise Bay - Exmouth, Australia

  7. Eagle Beach - Eagle Beach, Aruba

  8. Spiaggia dei Conigli - Lampedusa, Italy

  9. Ka'anapali Beach - Hawaii, United States

  10. Baía dos Golfinhos - Praia da Pipa, Brazil

"Your last trip to the beach probably feels like a lifetime ago, but with vaccine programs rolling out worldwide, safely making that beach getaway a reality just might be in reach," Tripadvisor's Christine Maguire said.

She added a recent Tripadvisor survey revealed 60 per cent of travellers are very likely to take a beach trip in 2021.

“Whether your preferred kind of beach is preened and pristine or rugged and rough, this list of travellers’ favourites is just the inspiration you need to get planning your next beach break.”

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