Australia's and world's best beaches named in 2018 TripAdvisor awards

TripAdvisor has named the world's best beach in the annual Traveller's Choice awards, while a Sydney city beach was named the best in Australia.

The list, which rarely features the Southeast Asian shores so worshipped by Australians, or even an Aussie beach, is usually dominated by coastlines of the Americas and the Caribbean – mostly unfamiliar with Australian travellers.

This year the gong goes to Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, winning favour with beach-loving travellers for on-point prices, decadent white sands and turquoise waters which extend for five glorious kilometres. The island is found slightly north of Haiti, near the West Indies and Cuba.

Manly Beach was voted Australia's most popular, nominated by travellers as a "must-see" when in Sydney. Manly has always been a favourable choice, being the first to allow daylight swimming in 1903 and holding the world's earliest surfing championship back in 1964. Now, it's an easy ferry trip from Circular Quay, where visitors can take in coastal views and discover its shops, bars in restaurants nearby Corso.

Whitehaven, generally thought of as Australia's best beach and TripAdvisor reviewers' favourite for the last four years, slipped two places to the third most popular beach, while Surfer's Paradise featured in the number two spot.

Bondi Beach, which didn't feature in the top ten at all last year, lobbed in at fifth most popular beach in Australia, being in the unique position of a short bus ride away from Sydney's city centre.

While South Australia and Victoria had no beaches in the top ten, Western Australia had two – Cable Beach, said to be "one of the most scenic beaches in the world" and Turquoise Bay, also found in the northern parts of WA, and within metres of the renowned Ningaloo Reef, which is known for its rich biodiversity of marine life and where visitors can swim with whale sharks and manta rays.

It was Queensland that dominated, however, with a whopping six beaches in the top ten list.

Around the rest of the world, several new beaches featured in the world's top 10. Cuba's Varadero Beach may be devoid of Cuban culture according to Lonely Planet, but its 20 kilometres of white sand offers plenty for the flow-and-drop set idling away a week and featured at the number three position.


Florida's Clearwater Beach, a huge expanse of white sand set in a small-town atmosphere is popular with families and entered the top ten list at number seven. And over in Negril, Jamaica, Seven Mile Beach was the eighth most popular – while admittedly part of its charm is it's a little underdeveloped, it's popular with everyone from families to spring-breakers from the US.

TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards are based on the quantity and quality of traveller reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor, gathered over a 12-month period.

The world's 10 most popular beaches

1. Grace Bay – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

2. Baia do Sancho – Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

3. Varadero Beach – Varadero, Cuba

4. Eagle Beach – Palm – Eagle Beach, Aruba

5. Seven Mile Beach – Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands

6. La Concha Beach – San Sebastian – Donostia, Spain

7. Clearwater Beach – Clearwater, Florida

8. Seven Mile Beach – Negril, Jamaica

9. Bavaro Beach – Bavaro, Dominican Republic

10. Playa Norte – Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Australia's 10 most popular beaches

1. Manly Beach – Sydney, NSW

2. Surfers Paradise Beach – Surfers Paradise, QLD

3. Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Island, QLD

4. Noosa Main Beach – Noosa, QLD

5. Bondi Beach – Sydney, NSW

6. Four Mile Beach – Port Douglas, QLD7. Cable Beach – Broome, WA

8. Mooloolaba Beach – Mooloolaba, QLD

9. Burleigh Heads Beach – Burleigh Heads, QLD

10. Turquoise Bay – Exmouth, WA

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