The breathtaking Whitehaven Beach is found on Whitsunday Island – the largest in the chain making up the Whitsunday Islands. With its snow-white sand, complete remoteness, idyllic turquoise waters, and an ever-changing inlet – owing to one of the most photographed destinations on the planet; it’s no wonder so many people put Whitehaven Beach on their travel bucket list whilst travelling Australia.
Extending over a 7km stretch, 98% pure, tiny silica beads make up the luxurious sand, making it dazzlingly white and fine. Owing to this, the beads of sand don’t retain heat from the sun, even though it is bathed sunlight for around 300 days of the year. This makes it the perfect sand for beach strolls without burning the soles of your feet! The fineness of the beads also makes it perfect for exfoliating – free spa day whilst at the beach!
The Ngaro Indigenous Tribe who called the Whitsunday Islands home, used to call Whitehaven Beach the ‘Whispering Sands’. This is thought to come from the whistling sound that the sand makes under your feet as you walk. What makes Whitehaven Beach truly unique is Hill Inlet at the northern end of the beach. A tidal water inlet, where the snow-white sand and the turquoise waters swirl around each other to create a marble-like fusion. Find out more about Hill Inlet and how to access it here.
There is plenty of wildlife and marine life view-able at the beach, including baby lemon shark, stingrays, blue soldier crabs, goannas, white-bellied sea eagles and many others. You just have to be quiet and still enough if you spot them as they are usually shy!
In 2018 Flight Network put together a team of 1200 travel professionals who, put together, have seen over 165 countries, and listed the World’s top 100 beaches. Giving a rating out of ten for ‘Sheer untouched beauty’, ‘Remoteness’ and ‘Sand and Water Quality’. Rivalled only by one other– Whitehaven Beach ranked 2nd in the world, gaining 10/10 for beauty and remoteness and 9/10 for sand and water quality. The professionals called Whitehaven Beach a ‘Picturesque Oasis’.