Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island

If you could visit only one beach in the Whitsundays, it most likely would be Whitehaven Beach. One of the most photographed beaches in Australia, 7 km (4.35 mi) of soft white-silica sand on Whitsunday Island meet ocean water featuring every shade of blue. Head for Hill Inlet on the northern end to watch the tide mix sand and sea into large blue-and-white swirls. Get an overhead perspective from Tongue Point. You can join boat tours to the beach, fly above it on a seaplane or helicopter, or travel here on your own and camp for the night on the beach's southern end. Using our custom trip planner, Whitsunday Island attractions like Whitehaven Beach can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • October 12, 2017
    Amazing trip out. Stayed overnight for 2 nights on a boat. this was the highlight of the whole trip. The beach was like something from a dream- not a lot of shade but it was perfect for a sun-lover li...  more »
  • October 10, 2017
    One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen! The beach is a credit to his name and the sand is so white-bright, that one is dazzled by the reflection of the Sun's rays despite sunglasses. The water is crystal clear and you have a wonderful view. If you plan a trip on the East coast of Australia, the Whitehaven beach is definitely with on the checklist. Who has seen this place itself, will never forget him. I'm very glad that you can make only trips there and thus this dream beach can be well preserved.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Half day excursion from nearby Hamilton Island. White sand of beach most impressive but a hot day and very little shade clost to the beach - vegetation still recovering from recent cyclone - inland no...  more »
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  • September 21, 2017
    Simply stunning pure silica sand beach with crystal clear waters. I've been to some beautiful beaches in my lifetime, from Bali to Zanzibar, but this blows everything out of the water! With Whitehaven spanning 7 km, you could have a stretch all to urself, build castles out of the softest, smoothest sand nature has to offer or play beach volley with some mates. Enjoy nature at its absolute finest!
  • August 15, 2017
    Amazing combination of white sand and turquoise waters. No facilities which is perfect - life's a beach here. BYO picnic etc and take it all back to leave this pristine beach as perfect as possible. Enjoy the best of the Whitsundays.
  • September 16, 2017
    White sands. warm water. Few people. This is paradise.
  • August 28, 2017
    Stunning beach’s and Cristal clear water, we were lucky enough to spend 3 days sailing around the different islands.
  • May 28, 2017
    I guess we expected too much before heading into this "Whitehaven Beach" (we live on the Gold Coast) The sand is a little sticky, probably due to its high content of silica (told by a guide), which we don't like (and are not used to). It doesn't look so "white" even though we visited on a perfect sunny day in May 2017. Everything here just feel a little strange :(

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