Certainly the most frequently photographed beach in Australia, Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Islands is often heralded as the most photographed beach in the entire world. A slew of other well-deserved honours have been bestowed upon this incredible shoreline including the title of South Pacific’s Best Beach, awarded by the 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. With such accolades and so many gorgeous photos to peruse, it’s no wonder that Whitehaven Beach is one of the top spots in the Whitsundays. This unforgettable stretch of clean white sand is not to be missed when visiting the region.
A Very Famous Beach
Whitehaven Beach is located on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands that make up the chain. The waters here are turquoise, refreshing, and calm, offering prime swimming and snorkelling opportunities. The flat and pristine beach seems to stretch on without end, it’s bright white sand creating an endless horizon of light. The sand is composed of 98% pure white silica, which accounts for its brilliant colour. Its material also ensures that the sand remains cool to the touch year round, even in the hottest of weather. This makes Whitehaven the ideal beach to relax and dig your toes into the sand.
Hill Inlet is a breathtaking cove towards the northern end of Whitehaven Beach. Here, the changing tides move the sand back and forth, transforming the ground into a swirling visual delight of water and colour. Whitsunday Island has an excellent lookout located on Tongue Point. Anchor your yacht in Tongue Bay for a brief walk up the hill to the viewpoint. From this height you’ll have unparalleled views of the expansive beach and the impressive images created by the tides. When you’re standing in the breeze up at Tongue Point, it’s easy to see why Whitehaven Beach is the most photographed beach on earth.
Camping is available in many spots on Whitsunday Island, including at Whitehaven Beach itself. The campsites, dotted throughout the island, offer peaceful bush scenery and often stunning views. Competition may be high to knab a spot at Whitehaven Beach, so you may want to consider alternatives such as Chance Bay. From the campsite at Chance Bay, you can follow a 3.6 km track for a bushland walking experience which will lead you directly to Whitehaven Beach. There are ample anchorages around the island, so you can also simply relax and stay on board, enjoying the luxurious accommodations of your yacht charter. It’s important to note that the various Whitsunday Island campsites are not large, and are unable to accommodate a large number of camping groups. Permits are generally required prior to camping and will help ensure your space. More information can be found on the national park’s website.
An Unforgettable Experience
No holiday in the Whitsundays is complete without a stroll on Whitehaven Beach, and a mere day trip won’t do. If you are looking for the true Whitsunday experience, a bareboat yacht charter is the ideal choice. Freedom, comfort, and luxury are all yours when you’re commanding your own private vessel. Contact Queensland Yacht Charters today to find out more about booking your dream holiday. Come see one of the most beautiful and well-known beaches in the world and so much more.