A 5km-long beach in Western Australia has been named the world’s most beautiful shoreline.
Lucky Bay in Esperance tops a new list of the 50 Best Beaches in the World released on Wednesday. Lauded for its beach-loving wild kangaroos and untouched shoreline, this stretch of coast has arguably the whitest sand in Australia.
Set in Cape Le Grand National Park on the southern coast of Western Australia, the picturesque spot receives 303 days of sunshine a year.
“Whether you just visit to see the kangaroos, or come to chill, dive, canoe, kayak, walk the bushy trails and tracks, this beach is absolutely the best in the world,” said judges for the World’s 50 Best Beaches.
The list was compiled by sun care brand Banana Boat, which collaborated with 1,200 influencers, journalists and travel agents to compile the best coastal locations around the globe.
Indian Ocean holiday destination the Seychelles took the second spot on the list, via Source D’Argent on La Digue island.
One of the world’s most photographed shorelines, this granite-boulder-lined beach has pink-toned sand and pristine turquoise waters, and receives 325 days of sunshine a year.
Hidden Beach in the Philippines rounded out the top three.
The sheltered cove in Palawan is surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and offers crystal-clear shallow waters surrounded by soft sand and tropical palm trees.
Living up to its name, Hidden Beach is only accessible by boat and requires a short swim through a small opening. Its secluded location ensures its white sandy beach remains in pristine condition.
Iceland, Scotland and India rank in world’s best beaches
With summer holidays around the corner, the annual list of the world’s best beaches is the ideal holiday inspiration for travellers planning their next seaside getaway.
Beaches in the Cook Islands, US Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Greece and Mexico rounded out the top 10, alongside Reynisfjara Beach in Iceland, which ranked as the 8th best in the world.
“Reynisfjara Beach showcases a different kind of beauty that you cannot afford to miss experiencing at least once in your lifetime. The black sand, sea stacks, glaciers and columnar basalts are just a few components that make this place seem like another world altogether,” say judges.
Other surprising entries on this year's list include Vaeroy Beach in Norway, ranked 30th in the world, and San Josef Bay in Canada's Vancouver Island, which ranked at number 36.
Scotland’s rugged highlands also made the cut. Achmelvich beach ranks at number 45, scoring high for its natural beauty and untouched nature. India’s Radhanagar Beach, with its emerald blue waters and rainforest background, earned a place at number 47.
Baia do Sancho in Brazil, which recently topped a list of the world's best beaches from TripAdvisor, ranked at number 19 in this list.
“Located in a national park, this beach is a paradise for nature lovers who are willing to pay a fee to visit,” said judges about the remote shoreline on the island of Fernando de Noronha.
The World's 50 Best Beaches – the top 10
- Lucky Bay, Australia
- Source D’Argent, the Seychelles
- Hidden Beach, the Philippines
- Whitehaven Beach, Australia
- One Foot Island, Cook Islands
- Trunk Bay, US Virgin Islands
- Honopu Beach, Hawaii
- Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland
- Navagio Beach, Greece
- Balandra Beach, Mexico
The best of the rest
11. Cala Goloritze, Italy
12. Pipe Creek Sandbar, Bahamas
13. Pink Beach, Indonesia
14. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
15. Gardner Bay, Ecuador
16. McWay Falls Beach, California
17. Turquoise Bay, Australia
18. Le Morne Beach, Mauritius
19. Baia do Sancho, Brazil
20. Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands
21. Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
22. Maya Bay, Thailand
23. Calo des Moro, Spain
24. Kelingking Beach, Indonesia
25. Meads Bay, Anguilla
26. Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico
27. Cayo Arena, Dominican Republic
28. Little Hellfire Bay, Australia
29. Anse Lazio, Seychelles
30. Vaeroy Beach, Norway
31. Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
32. Myrtos Beach, Greece
33. Hidden Beach, Mexico
34. Grand Anse, Grenada
35. Xpu Ha Beach, Mexico
36. San Josef Bay, Canada
37. Matira Beach, French Polynesia
38. Capriccioli Beach, Italy
39. Pasjaca Beach, Croatia
40. Boulders Beach, South Africa
41. Salines Beach, Martinique
42. Champagne Beach, Vanuatu
43. Praia de Marinha, Portugal
44. Balos Beach, Greece
45. Achmelvich Beach, Scotland
46. Kaputas Beach, Turkey
47. Radhanagar Beach, India
48. Varadero Beach, Cuba
49. Piha Beach, New Zealand
50. Pink Sand Beach, Bahamas