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Whitehaven Beach
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Stroll along this famous beach on Whitsunday Island to experience its dazzling white sands and gently lapping waters in different hues of blue and green.

Subtropical Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island is the most famous beach in Queensland and consistently ranks high among the most beautiful beaches in the world. Stroll along the beach, dive in for a swim and let the beauty of the beach rub off on you.

The pristine sands of Whitehaven Beach stretch undisturbed for nearly 5 miles (7 kilometers). It is part of Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays and a designated national park.

At low tide the beach expands and shows more of the fine, white sand it is so famous for. This almost pure silica sand doesn’t retain the heat, so take your shoes off and feel its cool, powdery sands under your toes. Dip your toes in the lapping water or wade in for a refreshing swim. Wear a full-body “stinger suit” in summer, provided by most tour operators, to protect yourself from harmful jelly fish.

For something more energetic, jog or walk the length of the beach to the Hill Inlet at its northern edge. From the lookout at Tongue Point, watch the swirling sands and waters below, a breathtaking fusion of white sands and emerald and turquoise currents. You may even see green sea turtles and brown stingrays swim by.

Arrange a guided bush walk to learn all about the unusual history, flora and fauna of Whitsunday Island. You may also camp on Whitehaven if you prebook this with an operator from Airlie Beach. Bring your own food and water supplies and repellent against sandflies.

To get to Whitehaven Beach, take the ferry across from the Port of Airlie or book a Whitsunday Cruise package tour to sail to Whitehaven Beach via Hamilton Island in one day, with lunch included. Upon arrival, little tender boats transport you safely to shore. To speed things up, you can also book a power boat from Airlie Beach or a half-day excursion from Hamilton Island, which has accommodations. For the ultimate views, explore the beach via a helicopter or book a seaplane. There are airports on Hamilton Island and in Proserpine on the mainland.

Whitehaven Beach has basic toilets and a picnic area on its southern end, where many boat tour operators drop off their passengers for a swimming break.

444 Cheap Hotels Near Whitehaven Beach

Lotus - Lotus House on Hamilton Island
Lotus - Lotus House on Hamilton Island
Whitsundays, QLD
Stay at this family-friendly holiday home in Whitsundays. Enjoy private pools, WiFi and a garden. Popular attractions Hamilton Island Marina and WILD LIFE Hamilton ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Fabulous house and location
"We had great communication with the property management team from the onset of our booking. The house was amazing and had such a beautiful view. It rained for most of our stay so we are thankful that we had this beautiful house with an amazing alfresco area to enjoy our days. Thank you to everyone ..."

Reviewed on 20 Apr. 2021

Lotus - Lotus House on Hamilton Island
La Bella Waters 8 - Beautiful Seaview Property on Hamilton Island
La Bella Waters 8 - Beautiful Seaview Property on Hamilton Island
Whitsundays, QLD
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Whitsundays. Enjoy a terrace, a furnished balcony or patio and a TV. Popular attractions Hamilton Island Marina and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Perfect family stay
"Very spacious and well appointed home. Beautiful sunrise aspect and a short (but steep) walk up the hill for sunset drinks at One Tree Hill. Buggy is great for getting around, although the shuttle stop is straight outside the driveway as well"

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

La Bella Waters 8 - Beautiful Seaview Property on Hamilton Island
La Bella Waters 5 Oceanview Private Garden BBQ Buggy
La Bella Waters 5 Oceanview Private Garden BBQ Buggy
Whitsundays, QLD
Stay at this apartment in Whitsundays. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a terrace. Popular attractions Hamilton Island Marina and WILD LIFE Hamilton Island ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Great Stay
"Lovely property all good, the experience was great. Internet is a bit slow and sometimes didn't work, otherwise all good"

Reviewed on 28 May 2022

La Bella Waters 5 Oceanview Private Garden BBQ Buggy
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Lotus - Lotus House on Hamilton Island
Lotus - Lotus House on Hamilton Island
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Lotus - Lotus House on Hamilton Island
La Bella Waters 8 - Beautiful Seaview Property on Hamilton Island
La Bella Waters 8 - Beautiful Seaview Property on Hamilton Island
Whitsundays, QLD
La Bella Waters 8 - Beautiful Seaview Property on Hamilton Island
La Bella Waters 5 Oceanview Private Garden BBQ Buggy
La Bella Waters 5 Oceanview Private Garden BBQ Buggy
Whitsundays, QLD
La Bella Waters 5 Oceanview Private Garden BBQ Buggy
La Bella Waters 1 Wide Reaching Ocean Views And Buggy
La Bella Waters 1 Wide Reaching Ocean Views And Buggy
Whitsundays, QLD
La Bella Waters 1 Wide Reaching Ocean Views And Buggy
North Cape 5 - North Cape 5 on Hamilton Island
North Cape 5 - North Cape 5 on Hamilton Island
Whitsundays, QLD
North Cape 5 - North Cape 5 on Hamilton Island
New La Bella Waters 1 Wide Ocean Views
New La Bella Waters 1 Wide Ocean Views
3.5 out of 5
1/1 Coral Sea Avenue, Whitsundays, QLD, 4803
New La Bella Waters 1 Wide Ocean Views
La Bella Waters 5 Oceanview BBQ Buggy
La Bella Waters 5 Oceanview BBQ Buggy
4 out of 5
1 Coral Sea Ave, Whitsundays, QLD, 4803
La Bella Waters 5 Oceanview BBQ Buggy
La Bella Waters 6 - Hamilton Island.
La Bella Waters 6 - Hamilton Island.
Whitsundays, QLD
La Bella Waters 6 - Hamilton Island.
Peninsula 6, Hamilton Island
Peninsula 6, Hamilton Island
Whitsundays, QLD
Peninsula 6, Hamilton Island
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.