Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island: Address, Whitehaven Beach Reviews: 5/5

Whitehaven Beach
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Uninhabited Whitsunday Island is home to this beautiful beach, one of the world's most spectacular.
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Chris9596
Canberra, Australia27 contributions
I highly recommend booking a day trip out to the beach it is worth the money. I booked a day cruise with Cruise Whitsundays and unfortunately it wasn't the snorkeling cruise I thought I had booked but it turned out to be just as good for an afternoon out. If you're looking for something to do for an afternoon I higly recommend this tour as it is something that offers great views on the boat and then you spend a couple of hours in the clear blue water on the beach or you can hike up to the lookout at the top of the hill.

I will definetly be doing this again.
Written February 3, 2021
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DML
Hallett Cove, Australia1,521 contributions
There's no doubt about it, Whitehaven Beach on a beautiful sunny day is simply stunning. The almost pure silica sands give off some incredible colours. It is, of course, very popular with many day tours and private boats visiting. We did three visits - two to the more popular southern end and one to the northern end as well as the lookout over Hill Inlet. The latter can get busy too but is still well worth it. We also took a plane trip over the beach and heart reef - this was superb. There's not alot to do at the beach other than sunbathe and use any paddleboards/beach games your tour operator provides. Stinger suits also have to be worn in jellyfish season. There are no corals per se but a few fish do swim around and at the very southern end of the beach there are some rocks which attract a few more fish and are worth a snorkel. There are (long drop) toilets and a few tables and benches, some in the shade. A few walking trails as well if you wish. Be aware that the seagulls and ravens are pretty brazen and will happily attack unattended bags looking for food. We saw a couple of large goannas as well.

So definitely come and visit. Try and get up in the air and also visit the largely deserted northern end of the beach if you can.
Written May 2, 2022
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John H
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Couples
A day well spent with plenty to do.the view from hill inlet was the highlight of the day.
We did snorkeling in a protected bay behind Whitehaven beach. We had BBQ lunch and then did the Hill Inlet walk. The company told us just before departure that there wasn’t enough people to do the bushwalking but we complained that this was the highlight of the day and so they eventually agreed. Tour companies should warn when booking that itinerary changes are dependent on numbers or customers end up being disappointed.
Written March 11, 2022
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WorldTravla7
Cairns, Australia5,853 contributions
Solo
Whitehaven with its pure white silica sand and pristine 50 shades of blue water lives up to the hype. I spent just over 2 hours at Whitehaven on a set half day tour with Cruise Whitsundays and it was a wonderful experience. I did 2 of the walks in the National Park, Solway Circuit (1.2km) and Whitehaven Beach lookout track (970m). The latter was by far the best and featured amazing views of the beach, and out over Whitsunday Island. I saw three monitors/goannas on the tracks at different times. After the walk I cooled off with a refreshing swim. This beach is consistently voted in the Top 10 in the world so come check out what the fuss is about! The beach is located on the South East side of Whitsunday Island and is accessed via various cruise companies from Airlie Beach & Hamilton Island (I went with Cruise Whitsundays on a half day tour from Airlie for $120)
Written November 6, 2021
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CodyMav
Gold Coast, Australia27,708 contributions
Whitehaven Beach is about 7km long, and every inch is special. The fine silica sand is amazing.

I visited as part of a cruise day with GSL which started with a lunch at the south end, then a trip to Hill Inlet for that iconic view.

Its a bucket list Must Do.
Written August 12, 2020
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Kim L
Melbourne21 contributions
Whitehaven with ZigZag WhitSundays..What a great day.. family operated very professional crew delivering a great experience swimming and snorkelling at Whtehaven then visiting long Island for refreshments. Appreciated the spray jackets and wetsuits, I noticed other operators didn't include both of these . Great boat driving by the skipper also. Coral reef was fantastic
Written July 5, 2021
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Mary L
Whangarei, New Zealand48 contributions
We could see why Whitehaven Beach is rated as one of the top beaches in the world. The expanse of dazzling white sand stretches as far as the eye can see. Although there were several tour groups on the beach while we were there, it never felt crowded at all. I would love to visit this beach again.
Written January 4, 2020
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Rachel P
London, UK42 contributions
We were very lucky and had perfect weather the day we went and were able to take some lovely photographs from Hill Inlet and on Whitehaven Beach. Got a photo sitting on the famous tree with the cool branches. The silica sand is lovely to walk in. The beach was very hot on the day we went but you could source shade under trees if you needed it. We went in the water in our stinger suits. I think the view from Hill Inlet differs a lot depending on tide levels. There weren't many swirls as such the time we were there. If we had gone up again later in the day perhaps we would have got quite a different picture.
Written May 17, 2020
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Nadia P
Brisbane Region, Australia194 contributions
Couples
It’s a wonderful boat ride to Whitehaven Beach which stops at the famous Hamilton & Daydream Islands along the way.

If you can’t afford a helicopter ride over the Whitsundays... then make sure you walk one of the 2 trails that lead to the most magnificent birds eye view lookouts! It’s well worth the walk. I’m 56 & was not long out of hospital, so I wasn’t going to do it but I’m glad I did. I was a little puffed as was expected but goes to show it’s not really a difficult walk to the top.

Beautiful fine squeaky white sand & pristine, cool, clear, aquamarine water to splash around in. Nature at its very best, as long as you don’t go on an overcast day!
Written February 8, 2021
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1962SteveB
Brisbane, Australia47 contributions
This is a must do when you go to Airlie and the Whitsundays. Highly recommend using Cruise Whitsundays that offer a guided walk at Hill Inlet, a delicious lunch and great service.
Make sure you snorkel at the southern end reef, there are thousands of fish and live coral galore. Yep, it is not all dead.
Written July 28, 2020
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