With 74 islands and miles of sandy shores, the Whitsunday Islands have some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches. Whether you’re looking for sunset views, pristine, swimming-friendly waters, or exotic marine life—here are our picks for the best beaches in the Whitsundays. 

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island
The sweeping sands of Whitehaven Beach are the quintessential postcard image of an Australian beach, and its guidebook fame has made Whitehaven Beach the most visited of the Whitsunday beaches. For a view of Whitehaven’s magnificent swirling sands—almost 3 miles (5 kilometers) of white silica sands that disappear beneath the deep aqua waters to create a melange of colors—head to Hill Inlet Lookout or, better yet, soar overhead in a helicopter.

Catseye Beach, Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island is the Whitsundays’ top resort island, and Catseye Beach is its No. 1 resort beach. With access to resort facilities, Catseye straddles creature comforts and the wild outdoors at once; you’ll find pool loungers and a multitude of rentable water-sports gear, including snorkels, paddle boards, and catamarans 

Chalkies Beach, Haselwood Island
Across the water from Whitehaven Beach, Chalkies Beach serves up a stretch of powder-fine white sand to rival its more famous neighbor. Benefitting from far fewer crowds, Chalkies is an idyllic spot for swimming and snorkeling, with vibrant coral gardens just beneath the water’s surface. 

Pebble Beach, Hook Island
A pocket of wilderness far from the more developed beach resorts, Hook Island is a rugged national park with spectacular lookouts and colorful coral reefs. The little-known Pebble Beach is one of its best-kept secrets, with some of the most spectacular snorkeling on the island. 

Turtle Bay, Whitsunday Island
Situated on the south side of Whitsunday Island, Turtle Bay often gets passed over by travelers making a beeline for Whitehaven Beach, but trust us: It’s well worth the detour. The glass-clear waters teem with tropical fish, and there’s a good chance of spotting sea turtles as you swim and snorkel. 

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Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises

4.5 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

Enjoy relaxing on the pure white sand of Whitehaven Beach. You can walk along the seven kilometer stretch of natural silica sand, swim in crystal clear water ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $81.90
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise, Airlie Beach, Day Cruises
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Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 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 $139.01
Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, Day Cruises
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Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 43 Reviews

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 $119.48
Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise to Reefworld, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, Jet Boats & ... 
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Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise to Reefworld

4.5 star rating: Recommended 83 Reviews

Do you want to experience a close encounter with the famous Great Barrier Reef, then this is it! Enjoy a cruise out to the reef, where you'll moor up next to ...  Read more

Location: Airlie Beach, Daydream Island, Hamilton Island
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $194.62
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Whitsunday Islands Sailing Adventure

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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 $149.53
Whitehaven Beach Cruise Including Hill Inlet Walk, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, Sailing ... 
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Whitehaven Beach Cruise Including Hill Inlet Walk

4.5 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

Spend a full day exploring Whitehaven beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Whitsunday Islands. You’ll enjoy a guided hike to Solway Circuit Lookout ...  Read more

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

From USD $172.08
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Whitsundays Seaplane Tours

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

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $221.67
Whitehaven Beach: Barbecue, Hill Inlet Lookout Bushwalk, Snorkeling, The Whitsundays & Hamilton ... 
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Whitehaven Beach: Barbecue, Hill Inlet Lookout Bushwalk, Snorkeling

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Join a Whitehaven Beach day trip with Whitehaven Xpress, a family operated full day trip with snorkeling, swimming, bush-walking and Whitehaven Beach BBQ. ...  Read more

Location: Airlie Beach, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.01
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Whitsundays Jet Ski Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Take a guided Jet Ski tour of the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands, departing from mainland Airlie Beach! Choose a shorter morning or afternoon tour around Pioneer ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $71.39
Whitehaven Beach Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, Waterskiing ... 
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Whitehaven Beach Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Sail the Whitsundays in a 62-ft gaff rigged schooner. Help out with the sails or chill on deck as the sails fill in the breeze. Head for the Whitsundays' ...  Read more

Location: Airlie Beach, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.99

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