It’s no secret that Western Australia is home to some mighty fine beaches – name a West Aussies that doesn’t think that ours are the best in the country.
Well, debate no more, it’s official – Lucky Bay in Esperance has been named the best beach in the world – not Australia – the entire world.
Dubbed as, ‘the most accurate and well researched list of beaches ever compiled’, it was Banana Boat’s annual World’s 50 Best Beaches list that put Lucky Bay in the spotlight.
Any seasoned, outdoorsy West Aussie can spot a photo of Lucky Bay from a mile away, but if you’re new here, you can set the locale apart with its 5-kilometre stretch of white sandy beach, pristine turquoise water, and of course, the kangaroos that call Lucky Bay home.
Yep – the cheeky marsupials hop right up to you while you’re taking a cooling dip or a pleasant stroll along the soft coastline.
“Come on, kangaroos on the beach, do we really need to say more about why this stunning, unique beach is on top of the list,” the judges wrote.
“Well, we will…the friendly kangaroos are not the only thing making this the best in the world, Lucky Bay has some of the most pristine snow-white sand and incredible turquoise water you will ever see.”
Banana Boat’s World’s 50 Best Beaches were ranked in accordance with five key criteria: sheer untouched nature, remoteness, how swimmable it is, annual days of sunshine, and average annual temperature.
The list is a collaboration with more than 750 of the world’s leading travel influencers, journalists and experts.
With Lucky Bay having secured the top spot, Source D’Argent in Seychelles followed, with Hidden Bay in the Philippines coming in hot at the third best beach in the world.
Two other WA beaches also got a mention (duh), with Turquoise Bay in Exmouth in the north at number 17, and Little Hellfire Bay, also in Esperance, stealing the 28th spot.
And further confirming that Western Australia has the best beaches; only one other Aussie beach was noted – Queensland’s Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays in fourth place.
Lucky Bay is located an eight-hour drive from Perth, so, what’re you waiting for – start gearing up for a trip douth (down south), and check out Western Australia’s 10 road trip hotspots while you’re at it!