Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island – Image courtesy of Tourism Queensland

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 celebrating a honeymoon or romantic getaway in the Whitsundays.

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.

The national park campground at Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Islands National Park accommodates a maximum of 36 people and costs just $6.35 per person per night.

What to do and see

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 sights on 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.

Best time to visit Whitsunday Island

Anytime, but for the best weather visit the Whitsundays anytime between May and November. However, late March through December are considered the best holiday months.

The Whitsundays enjoys a tropical climate with hot summers, warm winters and a pleasant spring and autumn. Summer, from December to February, averages between 25°C and 33°C and winter from 18°C to 26°C.

For more climate info: Whitsundays Weather Guide

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Latest update: Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island: 18 November, 2018

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