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.

Tours & Tickets

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From USD $214.91

Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 7 hours

From USD $101.26

Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach Sailing Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 10 hours

From USD $142.06

Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 27 Reviews

Location: Whitsundays, Airlie Beach, Australia
Duration: 9 hours

From USD $123.85

2-Night Whitsundays Sailing and Island Adventure

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 2-Nights

From USD $268.82

Whitehaven Beach Cruise Including Hill Inlet Walk

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes

From USD $142.06
From USD $116.56

Whitsundays Private Sailing Cruise

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 8 hours

From USD $3,278.29

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