For every daydream about clichéd Caribbean beach vistas or being marooned on an island in the Maldives, we’ll raise you a spectacular stretch of pure white sand, finely milled and so clean it squeaks as your bare feet pad along it. Where can you find these miraculous places?

Let’s see… how about Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast – said to have the whitest sand in the world? Or Murrays Beach, just next door and even more undisturbed? (Incidentally, it narrowly escaped becoming the site of Australia’s first nuclear reactor. Lucky, that.)

Further north, Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays will floor you with its shifting vistas of impossibly white sand, blended with varying shades of sparkling turquoise sea; while in Tasmania, Wineglass Bay’s clean, white crescent of sand is sandwiched between deep green forest and obscenely gorgeous, sapphire coloured sea.

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