What makes Whitehaven Beach so special? It's the silica. The sand on this 6km (4 mi) stretch of paradise is 98% silica, the powdered remains of a long-dead coral forest. That's what makes it so sugar-fine, radiantly white and slip-through-the-toes silky. 

Of course, a beach doesn't keep its Best Beach awards and places in Top 10 lists through sand alone. Whitehaven teams its pristine whiteness with warm, lapping, peerlessly blue waves, a rainforest backing and Hill Inlet, which is famous for the play of colour as the tide washes in. 

Practical Info

This is not a surf beach. It's more a lie-back-with-a-sigh kind of place. Whitehaven Beach is on the uninhabited Whitsunday Island. If you're after a day on that famous sand, you can reach it by ferry or yacht from Airlie Beach. It's also included as a stop on many Barrier Reef tours. Or, if you're really in the mood to lash out, approach it by helicopter or seaplane for an aerial view of its stunning whites and blues.

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Whitsundays Seaplane Tour Including Whitehaven Beach and Hardy Lagoon

Take in remarkable views of the Whitsunday Islands on a scenic flight by seaplane. Choose from four flight options to fly over this stunning part of the Great ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $226.64

Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

The only way to experience one of the world's best beaches and the Whitsundays largest resort island is in style and comfort aboard a large, high-speed and ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Airlie Beach, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $146.65

4-Night Whitsundays Package Including the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach

Experience the best of the Whitsundays on a 4-night tour that includes excursions to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach along with other spectacular ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $1,666.50

2-Night Whitsundays Sailing and Island Adventure

Go sailing, sunbathing and swimming in paradise on an idyllic two-night excursion to South Molle Adventure Island in the Whitsundays. Enjoy the ultimate thrill ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 2-Nights

From USD $327.97

Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach Sailing Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Sail through the Whitsunday Islands and explore magnificent Whitehaven Beach, voted one of the world's best beaches on this full-day sailing adventure from ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $167.98

Whitsunday Islands Full-Day Cruise: Whitehaven Beach and Daydream Island

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Explore Australia’s gorgeous Whitsunday Islands on a full-day cruise to Whitehaven Beach and Daydream Island from Abel Point Marina, Hamilton Island or Long ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.76

Whitehaven Beach Cruise Including Hill Inlet Walk

Spend a full day exploring Whitehaven beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Whitsunday Islands. You’ll take a leisurely hike to Hill Inlet lookout ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $167.98

Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach

Explore the beautiful Whitsunday Islands on a full-day tour through paradise via a sturdy motorized raft. Zip over to secluded spots to snorkel over pristine ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.10

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