Whitehaven Beach - The Whitsundays QLD
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Whitehaven Beach

Crystal-clear water and pristine untouched coastline

Sink your toes into the white silica sands of the renowned and award-winning Whitehaven Beach, one of the many jewels in The Whitsundays crown.

There are many ways visitors can get to Whitehaven Beach. See some of our experienced Whitsundays tour operators below.



The crystal-clear aqua waters and pristine silica sand of world-famous Whitehaven Beach stretch over seven kilometres along Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsunday group. It defines nature at its best, it’s no surprise it often tops best beaches list the world over, experiencing Whitehaven Beach provides an amazing sense of relaxation and escape.

The sand contains 98% silica meaning it is extremely fine and soft, with some comparing the consistency to that of baby powder. Because of the silica, the sand doesn’t retain heat and makes it a fantastic place to walk on barefoot, even on a hot day.


There are many ways visitors can experience Whitehaven Beach, travelling there is an adventure in itself. Whitehaven Beach is accessible from the Whitsundays mainland town of Airlie Beach as well as the region's island resorts, with people traveling to Whitehaven Beach for a few hours to relax and soak up its unmatched beauty.

You can enjoy a day trip from one of the many experienced Whitsundays tour operators, or skipper your own boat, be the first to leave footprints, or enjoy a crewed overnight sailing experience, as stopping and enjoying Whitehaven Beach is always a big drawcard. You can also enjoy the beauty of Whitehaven Beach from a bird’s eye view by taking a scenic flight over Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. Very few experiences compare to taking in the azure waters from the air, landing on the beach in style, and spending the rest of your time relaxing on the beach and swimming in the clear water.

With so many options available, getting to Whitehaven Beach marks the beginning of a journey that will be unforgettable!


So, what do you do after making it to Whitehaven Beach? While some operators can provide lunch, make sure you check in with your operator in advance. Otherwise, you can pack a delicious picnic to have on the beach. Some operators also provide beach games and shades for you to enjoy or you can simply relax at your own leisure. Swimming in the clear waters is simply an unforgettable experience.


No matter which end of Whitehaven you find yourself on there is a stunning scenic walk for you to enjoy.

The first is on the southern end of the beach; the walking track is through Australian native bush and local rainforest. When you get to the top of the short 1km walk, the Whitsundays Islands National Park opens up before your eyes, and it is every bit as unbelievable as the famous Hill Inlet. On one side you will see the sparkling waters through the inlets in Chance Bay, on the other you will see 7 km of white pure silica sand stretching down Whitehaven Beach towards the northern Hill Inlet.

At the northern end of Whitehaven is the iconic Hill Inlet. Visitors can explore the breathtaking beauty of Hill Inlet, a stunning cove where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a swirling fusion of turquoise colours. For the best view, take the short stroll up to the Hill Inlet Lookout, to see the swirling white sands of Whitehaven Beach and the turquoise waters of the coral sea melt together in a fusion of incredible beauty.

Taking a helicopter, seaplane, or light aircraft over Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet promises amazing aerial views as the magical waters and sand dance together below. However, you choose to explore Whitehaven Beach, it will be an experience you will remember for a lifetime.


Whitsunday Island, home to Whitehaven Beach is a national park with a limited number of camping spots permitted. Imagine waking up with this stunning beach at your tent door. Self-sufficient boaties and campers can anchor overnight off the beach, or book a national park campsite and camp on the southern end of the iconic Whitehaven Beach itself. Whitsunday Island Camping Connections can help with all your camping plans.

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