Whitsundays beaches among best in world
The spectacular beauty of Australia's Whitsunday Islands has been recognised in a new travellers' poll.
Whitehaven Beach has placed third in the 2013 Travellers' Choice Beaches Awards, just behind Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos and Rabbit Beach in Lampedusa, Italy.
And for good reason. The Whitsundays are renowned for their wealth of pristine white sand beaches and crystal-clear blue waters, which offer superb sailing and snorkelling opportunities.
Commenting on the awards, Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor, which compiled the top ten, said that it was a list for travellers by travellers.
"For those planning their summer vacations, spring break trips, or just looking for a weekend escape from the winter doldrums, take inspiration from … travellers that have visited these beaches and given them the highest levels of praise," she said.
"These beaches provide some of the finest spots around the globe to enjoy water activities, sun and sand."
So if these recommendations have got you in the beach holiday mood, why not see how beautiful the Whitsundays are for yourself and book a luxurious stay at Qualia, which is located on the secluded northern tip of Hamilton Island.
From this island base you'll be perfectly positioned to take advantage of what the Great Barrier Reef has to offer on a snorkelling or diving trip, try out the best beaches in the Whitsundays on an island hopping adventure and work up an appetite for dinner using a complimentary paddle board or kayak.
For something a little more secluded, the resort on Hayman Island at the northern end of the island chain is located in a gorgeous sandy bay with turquoise waters providing fantastic fishing and diving.
Unlike Hamilton Island, which has an airstrip, you'll need a seaplane to reach Hayman Island so enjoy the views from the air as you across the Whitsundays before you land in paradise ready to find out why its beaches are rated so highly.