Things to do on Whitehaven Beach
Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach is one of the world’s most unspoiled and beautiful beaches. In 2013, it was named the ‘number one beach in Australia’ by the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Beaches Awards.
What you’ll love about Whitehaven Beach:
The pure, pristine environment
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.
It’s an easy trip from Hamilton Island
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.
The impossibly white sand
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.
Experience the unforgettable beauty and colour of the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays - from the air and below the water - with this Best of Both Worlds tour from Hamilton Island.
Discover beautiful Hill Inlet and Betty's Beach on this half-day tour. Travelling by high-speed catamaran, you can either take a guided hike, or relax and enjoy the crystal clear water.
Discover the spectacular beauty of the Whitsundays from above and below the water, with this sailing and snorkelling adventure.
Discover the magnificent and world-famous Whitehaven Beach, with this family-friendly Sail and Swim at Whitehaven Beach experience.
Ricochet is a unique 47ft state of the art Carbon-fibre Catamaran that offers an exhilarating sail without compromising on comfort and sophistication.
Explore the Whitsundays by helicopter! Fly over the iconic Heart Reef, and spend an hour relaxing on the incredibly beautiful Whitehaven Beach.
Discover the iconic Heart Reef and spectacular Whitehaven Beach from above, with this unforgettable, one-hour scenic aeroplane flight.
A scenic non-stop helicopter flight over the stunning Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach and Hook Passage.
Take to the skies over the Great Barrier Reef and see the amazing Heart Reef from above, before experiencing a water landing alongside Whitehaven Beach.
Perfect for those short on time and wanting to enjoy a quick visit to the spectacular Whitehaven Beach.
If you'd like to experience the pristine beauty of Whitehaven Beach, and the magnificent marine life around Chalkies Beach, the Reef Ryder 2 in 1 tour offers you the best of both worlds.
Enjoy a full day cruise, exploring Whitehaven Beach and snorkelling at Chalkies Beach.
On this unforgettable, family-friendly day trip, you will cruise to the pristine Whitehaven Beach, and to nearby Daydream Island on a comfortable and fully-equipped catamaran.
Cruise in air-conditioned comfort and experience one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with this half-day trip to world-famous Whitehaven Beach.
Circumnavigate the spectacular Whitsunday Island with this half-hour scenic aeroplane flight. See for yourself why Whitehaven Beach was named number one beach in Australia*.
Enjoy a day spent exploring the world famous Whitehaven Beach and beautiful surrounds.
Fly by helicopter to Whitehaven Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and enjoy breathtaking views over the Whitsunday Islands.
Explore one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and enjoy a spectacular seaplane flight over the Whitsundays with this Whitehaven Funseeker by Seaplane experience.
Take a stunning helicopter ride over one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia.
Things to do at Whitehaven Beach:
Scale the lookout
For the best view of Whitehaven Beach, make your way to Tongue Point, on Whitsunday Island. If you time your visit for low tide, you’ll be able to experience the beautiful fusion of colours in the surrounding sea.
Relax on the beach
Perhaps one of the best ways to enjoy Whitehaven Beach is to simply laze on the soft sand, take a dip in the warm water, and enjoy the view.
Spot turtles and other marine life
The shallows of Whitehaven Beach are often visited by various species of turtles and other marine life, including dolphins.
Visit Hill Inlet
If arriving by boat, you can anchor at Tongue Bay, and then take a short walk up the hill to the lookout across Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.
Test your fitness
Whitehaven Beach is an idyllic location for the annual Great Whitehaven Beach Run (June every year) and Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim (November every year).