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Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach (Australia)

Practical information on Whitehaven Beach

  • Romantic
  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Island
  • Viewpoint
  • Water Sports
  • Essential
5 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
1hr 30min flight from Brisbane
When to go
May through October
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Whitehaven Beach

Sophie Liger Seasoned Traveller
31 written opinions

An idyllic beach, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world.

My suggestion:
Make the most of your time here to enjoy this maginificent, unique place.
My review

Whitehaven Beach is quite simply magnificent. It's a 7km long stretch of white sand on an island surrounded by turquoise seas and home to a forest that runs up to the water's edge. I visited this island during my trip to the Whitsunday Islands,an absolute must during a trip to Australia.

Whitehaven Beach is not easily forgotten; I found the huge stretch of sand looked like very fine, powdery snow!!

Once on the island, head uphill to where you can get a view overlooking the beach - a great photo opportunity awaits! To reach the beach, you need to trek through the forest, which makes for a fun hike, as well as affording great views of the ocean. Boats generally anchor on the other side of the island, so you'll need to cross the forest to reach this legendary beach!

Lisa Gaillard Seasoned Traveller
47 written opinions

Located in the coral sea on Whitsunday Island, which is free of any construction, Whitehaven Beachis only accessible by boat from Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!

My suggestion:
Fly over Whitehaven Beach in a light aircraft to get a better view, or take a boat, which will anchor off for a few hours to allow you to enjoy the pure sand. Don't miss the view of Hill Inlet from Tongue Point.
My review

What can I say about Whitehaven Beach, except that it is paradise on earth! Snow-coloured sand, crystal clear water with nuances of emerald green and turquoise blue - it'll be hard to take a poor photo in such a picture postcard setting! This exceptional beach is a 7 km strip of sand which consists of 98% pure silica. The result is the immaculate white colour of the beach and a sand that will never burn your feet, regardless of the temperature of the air. It was voted as the cleanest beach in Australia and the Australians are doing everything to keep it that way. For example, it is forbidden to smoke there. Thanks to its calm waters,Whitehaven Beach is a haven of peace. However, be careful if you go swimming because of the presence of the deadly microscopic jellyfish that the Australians call "Stingers". A full wetsuit is strongly recommended from October to June.

The view of the beach from the sky is impressive. You don't see it at first, because it is located right to the east of Whitsunday Island, which is the largest island of the archipelago. But my wait was rewarded with the splendid panorama. Hill inlet, which seems to cut into the island, offers the eye a mixture of colours, the white of the sand blending into the blue of the water. It is a unique experience, a real feast for the eyes. In contrast, I was pretty shaken up in the light aircraft and couldn't wait to land: I was beginning to feel sick.

Whitehaven Beach is a must-see during your visit to the east coast. It could be the jewel in the crown of a honeymoon in Australia.

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