AUSTRALIAN beaches are among the best on the planet - but according to a new global list, there's one spot in the world that's even better.
Whitehaven Beach on Queensland's Whitsunday Island came in at No. 2 in the world, while Hyams Beach in NSW's Jervis Bay National Park was named No.8.
"Whitehaven Beach will make you believe in love at first sight," the listing compiled by FlightNetwork gushed about Australia's top beach, awarding it 10 out of 10 for its sheer untouched beauty, remoteness and sand and water quality.
Of the top NSW beach, the list says: "No place on earth invites you to relax and unwind quite like the luxuriously soft white sands of Hyams Beach."
So, where in the world could the beaches be better than Australia?
Stealing the No. 1 spot was Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos Islands, described as "the most iconic and awe-inspiring stretch of sand in the world".
"The protective and remarkably colourful barrier reef, which sits 1.6km off the shore, keeps the ocean swells at bay, making Grace Bay one of the most ideal places to soak in warm Atlantic waters," the listing says.
FlightNetwork, a Canadian online travel agency, consulted more than 600 travel journalists, editors and bloggers from around the world in a quest to come up with the definitive world's 50 best beaches list.
Elsewhere in the top 50, Lucky Bay in Western Australia's Cape Le Grand National Park came in at No. 18, earning praise for its "pristine nature, gorgeous weather, and sand that actually squeaks as you walk".
And Turquoise Bay near Exmouth, WA, was ranked No. 29, thanks to "the purest and most vivid turquoise coloured waters a traveller will ever experience".
WORLD'S TOP 10 BEACHES
1. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
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, US Virgin Islands
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