As soon as you step onto the gleaming white sand of Whitehaven Beach, you’ll agree with similarly smitten visitors who’ve named it one of the world’s best beaches.
Whitsunday Island’s famous beach stretches for 7 kilometres, washed by the sea’s rainbow swirls of turquoise, blue, green and azure. That stunning contrast of crystal-clear sea and bright white sand is due to Whitehaven’s sparkling white grains of sand, made up of 98 per cent pure white silica.
Whitehaven Beach is protected by the Whitsunday Islands National Park, on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s been voted the world’s top Eco Friendly Beach and Queensland’s cleanest beach.
To make sure Whitehaven remains Australia’s most pristine beach, visitors are asked to take their rubbish with them when they leave, and you won’t find dogs, barbecues, litter bins, playgrounds or smokers here.
Just 30 minutes away by high-speed catamaran, Hamilton Island is the gateway for Whitehaven Beach trips. You can also fly to there by helicopter or seaplane from Hamilton Island.
Another way to experience Whitehaven’s beauty is to join in the fun of the Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim, held annually in November. Choose from the 2km ocean swim, the 750m ocean swim or the 750m ‘Anything Goes’ open race.
Whitehaven Beach and Whitsunday Islands Tours and Cruises
Take a look at our Whitehaven Beach tours and cruises activity pages for information on how to book your trip to paradise.