Whitehaven Beach 

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Queensland Australia

Located On Whitsunday Island

Hill Inlet Lookout 

South Whitehaven Lookout



South End Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is located on the eastern shore of Whitsunday Island on the Queensland Coast in Australia, this beach is made of 97 % pure silica white sands and crystal clear tropical waters. The beach itself is 7 kilometres long and is curved like a new moon. The North end has the famous Hill Inlet which pushes a sea river of sorts into the centre of the island. Each end has a stunning lookout that overlooks the Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach. And the best news ? no one lives on this island! 

Protected by the isolation of being 35 kilometres from the mainland and more importantly, the Great Barrier Reef marine park and Whitsunday National Parks this is one of the most desired tourism destinations in Australia.


Whitehaven Beach Visitor Information

Here you will find all the information you need to visit Whitehaven Beach

Directions and Transport 

How To Get To Whitehaven Beach

As Whitehaven Beach is located on an Island (Whitsunday Island) there are only a few answers to the question “How To Get To Whitehaven Beach?”

Tour Boat

from half-day to full-day tours there are plenty of options for you. Please see our Whitehaven Beach Tours Page for a full list of available tours to book. Otherwise, see our top 3 choices below and why.

ZigZag Whitsundays Whitehaven Beach Day Tour visits the beach for over 2 hours and includes a guided walk to the south lookout and lunch on the beach. Also on this tour, you will visit Chalkies beach, which has the same sand as Whitehaven (Shhh local secret), Haslewood Island Lookout and 1 Snorkel location.
Why Choose ZigZag Whitsundays Tour? Fast boat, comfortable padded seats, 2 beaches, 2 lookouts, only 30 guests. The best overall reviews for the number of guests they take in the Whitsundays.

Thundercat Whitsundays visits the northern end of Whitehaven Beach, including Hill Inlet Lookout and 2 snorkel locations
Why Choose Thundercat Whitsundays Tour? Award-winning tourism business on state and national level for the last 3 years

Cruise Whitsundays Half-Day Tour visits south Whitehaven Beach and is perfect for guests who don’t want in water activities and like a ferry ride with a bar and air-conditioning
Why Choose Cruise Whitsundays half-day Tour? a great way for guests tight on time or who just want to visit the beach on a ferryboat.

Plane or Helicopter

Flying to Whitehaven Beach is a great option and gives you stunning views of the reefs, islands and beaches. There are 3 options available

Scenic Flight – Fly Australia Charters have 70-minute scenic flights of Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef (including Heart Reef). This company operates all over Australia and is a reputable operator in the region.

Helicopter – there are a few different options with Helicopter tours to Whitehaven Beach, including beach landings with time and a picnic on the beach. Some tours also include a flight over the great barrier reef.

Seaplane – these are a great option to view the beach and hill inlet from above, then land on the water and get time to explore the beach.

All 3 of these options are in full detail on our Whitehaven Beach Tours Page

Private Boat

Depending on the weather, most private boats can easily go to Whitehaven for the day. With 4 main boat ramps in Airlie Beach, it’s easy to discover the Whitsunday islands and maybe get some fishing done as well.

The location of the 4 boat ramps is

  • VMR
  • Coral Sea Marina
  • Port Of Airlie
  • Shute Harbour

Before leaving, always check the latest marine weather on the bureau of metrology website. You will find the Whitsundays Mariner 3 Day Weather Here and also the Current weather observation for Hamilton Island here. It’s a big ocean out there, so make sure you tell a friend your plan for the day and estimated return time. Also, make sure you have a radio on the boat and an emergency beacon as there is no phone signal once you pass through Whitsunday Passage.

All 4 of the above-listed boat ramps have spaces to set up trailer sailors and larger houseboats before departure.

South End Whitehaven Beach

Tourism Information

Whitsundays Best Attraction

Every year over 75 000 people visit by boat, seaplane or helicopter. It’s not hard to see why so many people take this journey; the beach has pure white sand and crystal clear tropical waters making it a haven for any tourist visiting Whitehaven Beach Whitsunday Islands.
The beach has been in the top 10 awards for Tripadvisor’s best Australia Beach for countless years running. In 2013 it hit the number one spot and has won plenty of other awards including, the world’s most eco-friendly beach and Asia Pacific’s #1 beach.

Most of these tours depart from Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island. Below we give you the best options on how to get to this beach, letting you discover the glory of this untouched tropical wilderness

Hill Inlet Whitehaven Beach Whitsundays QLD 4802

Destination Information

What is so special about Whitehaven Beach?

Whitehaven Beach is an untouched Whitsunday Islands National Park island beach situated off the east coast of Queensland, Australia. Located on the eastern side of Whitsunday Island, the beach faces north and away from the prevailing southeasterly wind known to the region 80% of the year.

Whitehaven Beach covers over seven kilometres in length and possesses soft white silica sand noted to be among the purest in the world.
From the moment you reach the beach, it doesn’t take long to realise why so many tourists from around the world visit this tropical clear water, gentle seas Australian icon.

At the north end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet. This sand inlet is visually changed daily by the gentle tides, unleashing vibrant colours of stunning whites, yellows and greens. The lookout platforms at Tongue Point are the best location to view the entire Hill Inlet Whitehaven Beach and swirling sand formations.

South Whitehaven Beach is rich in crystal clear waters and has the best Lookout of Whitehaven Beach. Known as the South Lookout, this epic 150deg view includes the entire length of the sand plus wide views across Whitsunday Island back towards the mainland.

Unfortunately, you won’t find any hotels on the protected island but a camping location is available at the south end of the beach you can learn more about this on our page Whitehaven Beach Camping Click here 

Whitehaven Beach sand is 98.7% pure silica which gives the unique colour and very fine grains (close to the texture of baking flour). This sand can only be found on one other beach in the Whitsundays, Chalkies beach situated on Haslewood Island (adjacent to Whitehaven Beach). No one has yet discovered where the sand came from or how it got to be here. Silica comes from quartz, but as no quartz is found in the area it still remains a mystery.

Great Barrier Reef Whitsunday Coast

Marine And Island National Park

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

The Whitsunday Islands are part of the Australian Federal Government, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park which is a whopping 344,400 km² in size.

This authority group is regulated by a collection of plans, regulations and legislation dating back to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park act of 1975 and thereafter updates of 2019. These support the protection of the park and all wildlife in it.

The Whitsundays Islands are overflowing with coral bays packed with fish and aquatic life. The closest snorkelling spot to Whitehaven Beach is a 10-minute boat ride to Chailkies Beach where the northern end includes high-grade coral reefs and snorkelling experiences.

Great Barrier Reef 6 brief facts

1. It is the world’s biggest reef ecosystem
2. 10% of the world’s fish species call the Great Barrier Reef home.
3. The minimum age of the reef is 1 million years old (could be up to 20 million)
4. The area amounts to 3000 coral reefs, 600 islands, 300 coral cays and about 150 inshore islands
5. The reef system is bigger than the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Holland combined
6. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from the international space station

When you travel to the Whitsunday Islands and Airlie Beach, we thoroughly recommend a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef and Heart Reef Whitehaven Beach. It is absolutely mind-blowing.

Satellite View

Whitsunday Island Whitehaven Beach Map

Whitehaven Beach Whitsunday Island, QLD 4802


Reviews From Whitehaven Beach Visitors

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Tammy RichieTammy Richie
12:15 01 Nov 22
Never ever tire of this place especially being there with good friends…Whitehaven Beach always so changing …Nice, clean Jeweley again …Crystal clear water …Soft silicone sand ..The third most popular photographed place in Australia…Ahhh my cup is well & truly full ..If you haven’t ever been to the beautiful Whitsundays islands in beautiful Qld …I highly recommend it !Queensland.. beautiful one day, perfect the next for sure
Steven TuhySteven Tuhy
10:24 02 Aug 22
Regularly voted as one of the most picturesque beaches in the world. Whitehaven beach has stunning white sand contrasting the vivid, crystal clear water. The beach stretches for a wide arch. This remote location means there are few crowds. Highly recommend visiting this beach, by sea or by air.
Dinesh SharmaDinesh Sharma
04:51 27 Jun 22
It is indeed the best beach in the world. Absolutely stunning.
Brian HurstBrian Hurst
06:44 10 Jun 22
A very impressive location.You feel you are in a special place.Beautiful beach, lovely blue water, white sand.. A delight to swim at or to stroll along the beach.It can get crowded at times, so be prepared for that. If you want secluded beach, probably best to go a a private boat trip to another beach location on one of the islands.The boat trip there and back is well worth it.
Jigar MehtaJigar Mehta
06:55 03 Feb 22
Whitehaven Beach is named as the best beaches in the world (By TripAdvisor in Year 2021).  This is third most visited place in Australia.The beach has very soft white sand which is very good for our skin. We had been instructed not to carry this sand back home.The beach has crystal clear water.Unfortunately NO FOOD or DRINKING WATER is available at the beach. Make sure bring your own food or pre-order with your tour.Visit of this beach was an amazing experience.
Zhengming ZhangZhengming Zhang
10:14 14 Jan 22
It’s even better when you look down from the sky.
Dylan LockeDylan Locke
03:04 10 Nov 21
An amazingly beautiful beach, feels like paradise.
Kyle HumphriesKyle Humphries
06:43 20 Oct 21
This must be the most stunning beach in the world 10/10 recommend
Guzel GabbsGuzel Gabbs
00:53 18 Sep 21
Lovely food, big portions, great staff, beautiful location! Thank you guys!

Visual Tour

Stunning Video Of The Beach