Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Island

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An award-winning beach, Whitehaven Beach does live up to its name by providing a deliciously secluded haven for visitors who want to enjoy the pristine location.

Ideal for anyone who wants to explore the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach is especially reputed for its sun-kissed silica sand that stretches for nearly seven kilometers. To reach the island, tourists can hire a boat from Shute Harbour, Airlie beach or Hamilton Island. In 2008, Whitehaven Beach was even awarded the highly-coveted “Queensland’s Cleanest Beach” by Keen Australia Beautiful. Unlike other beaches, the sand on this area never becomes increasingly got in spite of the weather, which enables you to enjoy a comfortable barefooted stroll in the middle of summer.

Whitehaven Beach is one of the world-famous Whitsundays islets, an assortment of 74 islands known for their unblemished beauty.

Diving Adventures

Whitehaven Beach is an excellent diving spot, especially if you want to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Wing Diving Adventures, for example, offers different types of adventure tours with overnight stays on the company’s eco catamarans. In fact, this company also offers 2-3 night adventure tours, enabling you to spend as much time as you want scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef.

Often hailed as Australia’s most remarkable attraction, the Great Barrier Reef is abundant with corals and rich marine life with no less than 3000 types of reef systems. Scuba divers will also appreciate the coral cays that dot the lagoon.


Whitehaven Beach is especially reputed for its scenic camping spots where you can spend the night in the middle of nature, after an exhilarating day of visiting the Great Barrier Reef.

With a plethora of campsites, Whitehaven Beach also offers a glorious view of the unblemished night sky, something that will undoubtedly please amateur and professional star-gazers alike. If you want to hire a private boat to camp on Whitehaven Beach, rest assured that the process is relatively inexpensive, but you still need to procure a permit.

No permit is needed if you’re planning on reaching the beach on your own boat.

Visitors who are planning longer stays to check out the Great Barrier Reef in all its glory should also take the necessary precautions since the island is not equipped with drinking water. In fact, according to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, campers should make provisions for five litres of water per day and per person.

Hill Inlet

Whitehaven Beach is also known for its Hill Inlet, a charming little cove where visitors will undoubtedly marvel at the incredible swirl of colors that happen every time the tides shift. Several tourists describe the shifting of the tides as a unique mosaic where the azure lagoon seamlessly lends itself to the white silica sand. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can also book a scenic helicopter ride above Hill Inlet to watch the magic happen from high above. Several companies also offer seaplane rides to help you experience this unique scenery.

On these trips, you will also be able to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Great Barrier Reef.


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