Whitehaven BeachDoes this setting look familiar? Picturesque Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island has stood in more than once for the perfect island paradise. The sand here is dazzlingly white, thanks to a high percentage of silica crystals. Explore the region on one of many possibly day excursions arranged through qualia. Walk along the more than four miles of stunning beach, snorkel in the pristine waters directly off the beach or enjoy a scenic helicopter flight soaring high above the islands.
Escape to the beach with Betty Jo Currie’s Water Views from Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef itinerary or check out the other trips to Australia on AFAR Journeys.
Whether you get here by boat, seaplane or helicopter, you’ll be mesmerized by your first glimpse of Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. Not surprisingly, with its impossibly white silica sand (said to be among the whitest on earth), turquoise-hued water and stunningly beautiful natural backdrop, the beach is consistently named one of the best in the world. Stroll along the pristine powdery sand, take a dip in the azure Coral Sea, and don’t miss the short hike to Hill Inlet, at Whitehaven’s northern end, where you’ll be awestruck by how the swirling white sand fuses with the inlet’s green-blue hues, all framed by distant peaks on the horizon.
Hypnotized by the swirling sands at Whitehaven Beach
Step One: Check out Renee’s itinerary at AFAR Journeys. Step Two: Pack your swimsuit.