Whitehaven Beach

Vacation Travel Guide
Whitehaven Beach showing tropical scenes, general coastal views and a sandy beach

Stroll along this famous beach on Whitsunday Island to experience its dazzling white sands and gently lapping waters in different hues of blue and green.

Subtropical Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island is the most famous beach in Queensland and consistently ranks high among the most beautiful beaches in the world. Stroll along the beach, dive in for a swim and let the beauty of the beach rub off on you.

The pristine sands of Whitehaven Beach stretch undisturbed for nearly 5 miles (7 kilometers). It is part of Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays and a designated national park.

At low tide the beach expands and shows more of the fine, white sand it is so famous for. This almost pure silica sand doesn’t retain the heat, so take your shoes off and feel its cool, powdery sands under your toes. Dip your toes in the lapping water or wade in for a refreshing swim. Wear a full-body “stinger suit” in summer, provided by most tour operators, to protect yourself from harmful jelly fish.

For something more energetic, jog or walk the length of the beach to the Hill Inlet at its northern edge. From the lookout at Tongue Point, watch the swirling sands and waters below, a breathtaking fusion of white sands and emerald and turquoise currents. You may even see green sea turtles and brown stingrays swim by.

Arrange a guided bush walk to learn all about the unusual history, flora and fauna of Whitsunday Island. You may also camp on Whitehaven if you prebook this with an operator from Airlie Beach. Bring your own food and water supplies and repellent against sandflies.

To get to Whitehaven Beach, take the ferry across from the Port of Airlie or book a Whitsunday Cruise package tour to sail to Whitehaven Beach via Hamilton Island in one day, with lunch included. Upon arrival, little tender boats transport you safely to shore. To speed things up, you can also book a power boat from Airlie Beach or a half-day excursion from Hamilton Island, which has accommodations. For the ultimate views, explore the beach via a helicopter or book a seaplane. There are airports on Hamilton Island and in Proserpine on the mainland.

Whitehaven Beach has basic toilets and a picnic area on its southern end, where many boat tour operators drop off their passengers for a swimming break.

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Top Hotels Close to Whitehaven Beach

Lotus - Lotus House on Hamilton Island
Lotus - Lotus House on Hamilton Island
Whitsundays, QLD
This family-friendly Whitsundays vacation home is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of WILD LIFE Hamilton Island, Catseye Beach, and Hamilton Island ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Fabulous house and location
"We had great communication with the property management team from the onset of our booking. The house was amazing and had such a beautiful view. It rained for most of our stay so we are thankful that we had this beautiful house with an amazing alfresco area to enjoy our days. Thank you to everyone ..."

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Lotus - Lotus House on Hamilton Island
La Bella Waters 8 - Beautiful Seaview Property on Hamilton Island
La Bella Waters 8 - Beautiful Seaview Property on Hamilton Island
Whitsundays, QLD
This family-friendly Whitsundays apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of WILD LIFE Hamilton Island, Catseye Beach, and Hamilton Island Marina. Hamilton Island ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Perfect family stay
"Very spacious and well appointed home. Beautiful sunrise aspect and a short (but steep) walk up the hill for sunset drinks at One Tree Hill. Buggy is great for getting around, although the shuttle stop is straight outside the driveway as well"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

La Bella Waters 8 - Beautiful Seaview Property on Hamilton Island
New La Bella Waters 1 Wide Reaching Ocean Views And Buggy
New La Bella Waters 1 Wide Reaching Ocean Views And Buggy
Whitsundays, QLD
Situated near the beach, this romantic vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of WILD LIFE Hamilton Island, Hamilton Island Marina, and Catseye Beach. Hamilton ...
New La Bella Waters 1 Wide Reaching Ocean Views And Buggy
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Verified traveler

Jan 22, 2019

Recommend going during a low tide or new moon. Otherwise most of the sand is covered.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 7, 2019

It’s a must

5/5 - Excellent

Dan

Oct 22, 2018

Ocean Rafting tours are a great option for a day trip to Whitehaven beach and some snorkelling

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 20, 2018

Ocean Rafting was excellent!

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Best Lodging Options Near Whitehaven Beach

Lotus - Lotus House on Hamilton Island
Lotus - Lotus House on Hamilton Island
Whitsundays, QLD
Lotus - Lotus House on Hamilton Island
La Bella Waters 8 - Beautiful Seaview Property on Hamilton Island
La Bella Waters 8 - Beautiful Seaview Property on Hamilton Island
Whitsundays, QLD
La Bella Waters 8 - Beautiful Seaview Property on Hamilton Island
New La Bella Waters 1 Wide Reaching Ocean Views And Buggy
New La Bella Waters 1 Wide Reaching Ocean Views And Buggy
Whitsundays, QLD
New La Bella Waters 1 Wide Reaching Ocean Views And Buggy
New La Bella Waters 1 Wide Ocean Views
New La Bella Waters 1 Wide Ocean Views
3.5 out of 5
1/1 Coral Sea Avenue, Whitsundays, QLD
New La Bella Waters 1 Wide Ocean Views
Mermaids Reach - Stunning House on Hamilton Island
Mermaids Reach - Stunning House on Hamilton Island
Whitsundays, QLD
Mermaids Reach - Stunning House on Hamilton Island
Mermaids Reach
Mermaids Reach
3.5 out of 5
16 Melalueca Drive, Whitsundays, QLD
Mermaids Reach
La Bella Water 8 on Hamilton Island
La Bella Water 8 on Hamilton Island
4 out of 5
Coral Sea Ave, Whitsundays, QLD
La Bella Water 8 on Hamilton Island
La Bella Waters 6
La Bella Waters 6
3.5 out of 5
Coral Sea Avenue, Whitsundays, QLD
La Bella Waters 6
La Bella Waters 8 on Hamilton Island by HamoRent
La Bella Waters 8 on Hamilton Island by HamoRent
Whitsundays, QLD
La Bella Waters 8 on Hamilton Island by HamoRent
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.