Whitehaven Beach


Whitehaven Beach is a definite “must-see” in the Whitsundays. The crystal clear aqua waters and pristine silica sand of Whitehaven stretch over seven kilometres along Whitsunday Island , the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. It defines nature at its best and provides the greatest sense of relaxation and escape.

Whitsunday Island’s famous beach stretches for seven kilometres and is washed by swirls of turquoise, blue and green water. The sand is 98 per cent pure white silica, which gives it a brilliant, near luminescent colour.. The Beach is a 7 km stretch along Whitsunday Island. The island is accessible by boat from the mainland tourist ports of Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour, as well as Hamilton Island. The Beach was named the top Eco Friendly Beach in the world by CNN.com. Dogs are not permitted on the beach and cigarette smoking is prohibited.


Whitehaven Beach is protected by the Whitsunday Islands National Park, and in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s been voted the world’s top eco-friendly beach, and Queensland’s cleanest beach.

Whitehaven Beach is just a thirty-minute trip on a high-speed catamaran, and Hamilton Island offers several Whitehaven Beach day trips and Whitehaven Beach tours. You can explore the beach via a helicopter or seaplane from the island, and can also sail to Whitehaven Beach on one of the island’s yachts.


At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, a stunning inlet where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a beautiful fusion of colours. Here you can look out over an inland river system that flows across broad white sands and to distant peaks on the horizon. Many people claim Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach are the most beautiful places they’ve ever seen. The lookout at Tongue Point is the best spot from which to view the swirling sands of Hill Inlet, so if you don’t mind a short bushwalk, book your Whitehaven tour with an operator that visits the lookout.


Whitehaven Beach can be experienced in several ways. If you’re interested in a day trip there are ferries, yachts, power boats and luxury cruising yachts that depart from Airlie Beach. A variety of sailing companies also offer multi-day charters that include a memorable visit to Whitehaven Beach.Enjoy a stunning, aerial view of the Whitsundays, with a 20 minute helicopter ride over Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet.


You can enjoy a stunning, aerial view of the Whitsundays, with a 20 minute helicopter ride over Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet.

Visiting Whitehaven Beach requires a boat ride or a short flight in a helicopter or seaplane. Most visitors only make it to Whitehaven’s southern or northern ends but with a little planning and a dash of adventure, the rest of the beach — the six kilometres in the middle — can be all yours to explore.

If you have the good fortune to sail here, and anchor off the beach overnight, you’ll notice just how mountainous the island is. There are tree-covered mountains with sheer rock escarpments and in the late afternoon, the sun sets against the 407-metre-high (quarter mile) Whitsunday Peak. With all the attention Whitehaven Beach receives, it’s often easy to overlook the beauty of the island itself.


Arriving by sea gives you the added advantage of getting the beach to yourself once the seaplanes and helicopters take off in the evening. Whichever mode of travel you choose, Whitehaven Beach is easily accessible.

Here, you will have opportunities to capture the most beautiful pictures and take part in outdoor activities on the beach with friends and family members. It can be denied that Whitehaven Beach is worth your visiting.