Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island
Experience the pure white silica sand of Whitehaven, a photogenic beach that stretches for more than 7km along the shoreline of Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 Whitsunday islands and the perfect day trip for couples enjoying a beach holiday or romantic getaway.
There are no resorts on Whitsunday Island, as the island is a national park. However, Whitehaven does offer basic facilities for day guests including an eco-friendly toilet and shaded picnic areas framed by tropical rainforest.
For a spectacular aerial view over the island and beach, hire a seaplane or helicopter, then indulge in a champagne picnic ashore. Or sail, cruise, kayak or take a jet boat tour from the mainland ports of Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. Overnight sailors can anchor off Whitehaven or across the bay at Chalkies Beach on nearby Haslewood Island.
Top attractions of Whitehaven Beach
Stroll along the scenic beach or paddle a kayak along Hill Inlet, a stunning cove located at the northern end of Whitehaven, and later climb to the lookout for magnificent views over the beach.
From the lookout you can see how tidal influences and shifting sands create a never-ending fusion of stunning colours in the shallow water along the shore. Or take the walking track through the tropical forest to Whitsunday Peak for great views over the Whitsundays and to spot several other beautiful beaches on Whitsunday Island.