Whitehaven beach in Queensland’s beautiful Whitsundays is very special to me. I first visited in 1993 on my honeymoon. We returned 10 years later on a perfect day to renew our vows on the pure white sand. When we found ourselves in the area again last month we just knew we had to go back. Whitehaven Beach is consistently rated in the top 10 beaches in the world and it’s easy to see why. If you are a beach person (and even if you are not!) you will be impressed by the pure white silica sands, the pristine National Park setting and the relative remoteness of this perfect beach so close to Australia’s famous Great Barrier Reef. Read on for all the details …
Whitehaven Beach Overview
Whitehaven beach is located on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 Whitsunday Islands. Whitsunday Island is uninhabited but is easily accessible from our Hamilton Island accommodation. Approximately 75,000 people per year visit Whitehaven beach, in fact it is the most visited attraction in the Whitsundays. Australia is known for it’s deadly wildlife and as inviting as these waters are, you should be aware that stingers such as Irukandji and Box Jellyfish are present year round with swimmers being particularly at risk between October and May. While the risk of death is low, an encounter with one of these critters will certainly ruin your day. A stinger suit is not flattering but it will increase you changes of avoiding an uncomfortable sting. Be safe! Located within the Whitsunday Island National Park, numerous walking trails start directly from the beach for those that crave a more active experience than lazing in the sun. If you can’t get enough of Whitehaven beach and want a more private experience, grab a camping permit, pitch the tent and spend an unforgettable night under the stars. Makes sure you check out my tips on scoring a bargain airfare before you book.
Getting To Whitehaven Beach
There are no shortage of tour operators to get you to Whitehaven. The last time we visited we flew from Hamilton Island by sea plane which is also possible from Airlie Beach. This time we didn’t want to pay $220pp so after weighing up our options we chose HI Watersports Whitehaven Dash at a much more reasonable $70pp. Our 9am departure was from the same marina as our recent sunset cruise. We had strong winds during the run out and I was glad I had thrown a jacket in my bag at the last minute. I rather enjoyed the rough ride but it might not be to everyone’s liking so check the conditions if you are concerned.
Famous White Sands
Touted as having one of the whitest sands in the world you really do have to see it for yourself to get a true appreciation. The 98% silica composition is what produces the bright white colour. While Hyamm’s beach (NSW Australia) officially holds the Guinness Book Of Records listing for the whitest sand in the world, Whitehaven cannot be far behind. The sand is incredibly fine, soft underfoot and makes a distinctive squeak under you weight. While it is said to be great at cleaning jewellery and teeth we opted not to put it to the test. The sand, as with everything else in the National Park is protected, so please do not be tempted to take a sample home.
Things To Do at Whitehaven Beach
Mother nature sure was in a fickle mood for our trip. The weather changed so many times we couldn’t keep up. I’m pleased to say that we got a few glimpses of dazzling sunshine in between the ominous looking dark clouds because this completely changed the hue of the water from a drab, dark almost muddy blue to an iridescent aquamarine that was picture perfect. Our tour allowed us about 90 minutes on the island which I thought was the perfect amount. The attentive crew set up esky’s and sports equipment for those who were interested but were not pushy about getting people to participate which can sometimes be the case. While our time on the beach was short we managed to stroll far enough away to escape the crowds. With not a soul around, we relaxed in our surroundings and could easily imagine we were the only ones there. This is the tropics, so even though we visited in winter it was still warm enough to swim, which is of course the main attraction. The impossibly clear water is more buoyant than down south and invites you to linger and float the day away. Whitehaven’s protected position makes it perfect for children to splash in the shallows without fear of getting dumped by crashing waves. The Hubs went for a wander on the trails behind the beach while I soaked up some rays. Truth be told, he was originally looking for the toilet but 15 minutes and a large loop later he still hadn’t located it.
Doesn’t Whitehaven beach sound wonderful? Book your Whitehaven experience here before you arrive as tours fill up quickly, particularly in peak season. If you have been I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Until Next Time …
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