Australia · Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven beach is a pristine, award winning beach on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. It is 7km of “white” silica sand located in the Whitsunday Islands National Park. It is protected by the Whitsunday Islands National Park, and in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, and has been voted the world’s top eco-friendly beach.
The normally calm and shallow waters are a great place for a family paddle, or take a picnic and explore the beach. Sink your feet into the sand and wade into the warm waves that gently lap the shore and you will soon realise why people come here from all over the world.
Hill Inlet is located at one end of the beach, and a lookout at Tongue point across the water affords a spectacular view of the swirling sands of the inlet. It is a stunning inlet where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a beautiful fusion of colours. The magical views from the lookout at the inlet have entranced many a traveller.
The sand on the beach is 98% silica, the powdered remains of a long-dead coral forest. That is what makes it so sugar-fine, radiantly white and slip-through-the-toes silky.
Whitehaven beach is not a surf beach. It is more a lie-back-with-a-sigh kind of place. It is on the uninhabited Whitsunday Island. If you are after a day on that famous sand, you can reach it by ferry or yacht from Airlie Beach. It is also included as a stop on many Barrier Reef tours. Or, if you are really in the mood to lash out, approach it by helicopter or seaplane for an aerial view of its stunning whites and blues.