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Whitehaven Beach

Located at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Tropical North Queensland, Whitehaven Beach is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches in the world.Voted Australia’s Number One Beach in the 2013 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Beaches Awards, Whitehaven is one of the most pristine stretches of white sand you will ever see.

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Situated on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsunday group, Whitehaven Beach is an award winning 7km stretch of sand that has also been voted the top eco-friendly beach in the world as well as the cleanest beach in Queensland. Boasting some of the purest sand in the world, Whitehaven Beach is famous for its brilliant white silica sand. In fact, the sand found on Whitehaven Beach is 98% pure silica, which accounts for its bright white colour and is thought to have been deposited on the beach over millions of years by prevailing sea currents.

Unlike regular beach sand, the sand on Whitehaven doesn’t retain heat which makes it comfortable for strolling along barefoot, even on a hot summer’s day. This is one of the many unique reasons Whitehaven Beach is so popular. The sand itself is very fine and as such, has interesting properties including polishing jewelry. Protected by the Whitsunday Islands National Park, once you sink your feet into the soft white sand and warm waves of Whitehaven Beach you’ll quickly come to realise why so many people from all over the world have a visit to Whitehaven on their bucket list.

Whitehaven Beach can be accessed by boat, seaplane and helicopter from both Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach. A visit to Whitehaven is one of the most popular activities for anyone visiting the Whitsundays and there are a number of tours that offer day trips to the beach. One of the most spectacular ways to arrive at Whitehaven is via helicopter or seaplane, however for visitors who wish to spend more time exploring the luminescent sands and stunning scenery of Whitehaven, yachts and catamarans can reach the beach in just 30 minutes.

Hill Inlet is located at the northern extremity of Whitehaven Beach and provides a stunning swirl of green, blue and turquoise as the tide shifts the water and sand, creating a spectacular kaleidoscope of colour. Even some of the most experienced world travellers have remarked that Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach are the most spectacular places they’ve ever been.

There is a lookout at Tongue Point which is the best vantage point from which to view the spectacular beach and swirling sands of Hill Inlet. If you choose to venture to the lookout, you’ll also enjoy a short bushwalk which can often reveal some treasures of its own.

There are many different ways to experience the beauty of Whitehaven Beach. Many people love to cruise out on a power boat, ferry or luxury yacht and spend the day relaxing on the beach, cooling off with a swim and working on their tan. It’s also a popular, family-friendly attraction that promises a fun range of activities for the whole family. However you choose to enjoy sensational Whitehaven Beach, there are a fantastic range of day tours, multi-day charters and sailing companies that offer an unforgettable experience departing Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island and the surrounding islands.

No visit to the Whitsundays is complete without enjoying the magic of Whitehaven Beach, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.


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