1% BEACHES – Beaches again in the news with a new world ranking:

From powder white beaches, swaying palm trees and turquoise waters, to volcanic coastlines, and snow-capped mountain peaks steps from the sea, FlightNetwork has compiled the world’s 50 best beaches, according to the opinions of more than 600 travel journalists, editors, bloggers and agencies…

But what is truly awe-inspiring is how well Australia ranked on the list. Two Aussie beaches made the top 10, with Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays ranking as the world’s second most impressive stretch of sand and surf…

Hyams Beach on the New South Wales south coast came in at 8th on the list for its crystal waters, white sand, and the lush Jervis Bay National Park as its backdrop.

Other Australian beaches to make the list include Lucky Bay on the south coast of Western Australia (18) and Turquoise Bay in Western Australia (29).

Here is the top ten:

1. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos, United Kingdom

2. Whitehaven Beach, Australia

3. Anse Lazio, Seychelles

4. Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

5. Navagio Beach, Greece

6. Baia Dos Porcos, Brazil

7. Playa Paraiso, Mexico

8. Hyams Beach, Australia

9. Hidden Beach, Mexico

10. Trunk Bay, United States Virgin Islands

One of the criteria that the beaches are assessed is their sand and water quality, sheer natural beauty, and – remoteness. The more difficult it is to get to the beach the higher score it gets. So, effectively, this is in a large part a list of beaches that the rich can enjoy in peace because it’s too expensive and inconvenient for the plebs to holiday and spoil the ambience.

Give me a democratic list any day. The Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, respectively an hour’s drive south and north of Brisbane, have some of the most magnificent beaches in the world – and they are accessible to everyone, without ever getting overcrowded like some European and Asian beaches, which pack ’em like sardines. The sand might not be the pristine white and the water see-through azure, but they’re damned good fun for the whole family. Ditch the snobs and beach party with normal people!
(See my previous beach ranking ramblings here)