Whitehaven Beach

Yearly titled the World's Best Beach, Whitehaven is a pristine 7km stretch of 99% silica sand located on Whitsunday Island.

Whitehaven is known for its turquoise water and fine white sands, attracting travellers from across the world. Silica sand is formed by eroding quartz; there is massive speculation regarding where this sand could have possibly come from as it's the only beach in the Whitsunday Region comprised of this raw material.

Whitehaven Beach's silica sand in the Whitsundays, Whitsunday Island

The picturesque natural swirl formation found at Hill Inlet is located at the north end of the beach, providing the most breathtaking view. Keep your eyes peeled for Lemon Sharks and Sting Rays roaming the waters. Hill Inlet is considered a nursery for Lemon Sharks as the sand formation offers protection from the surrounding sea.

So delicate and pure, the silica, unlike most sand, doesn't retain heat, and the bright white colour reflects the sun's rays. So despite the overall temperature being relatively warm, the sand will remain comfortable and cool on your feet.

South Whitehaven is a favoured beach amongst commercial boats. Ideal for afternoon siesta's after a busy day snorkelling or a long walk on the white sand. In addition, there are two pristine bushwalks on offer, one full loop circuit and the other finishing at Chance Bay on the other side of the island.

Whitehaven is the most highly anticipated part of travelling through the Whitsundays; we want to encourage everyone to experience this phenomenon for themselves.

Whitehaven Beach Couple Whitsunday Island Silica sands