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Whitehaven Beach free

Whitsunday Island, QLD, Australia
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  • Type: Beaches, Hiking, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Swimming/Pools
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.6)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 2.5 (2.5)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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It's the most photographed beach in all of Australia, and after one look at its white sands, you'll understand why. Stretching across more than 4 miles of Whitsunday Island's east coast, Whitehaven Beach is made up of 98 percent pure white silica. These alabaster sands prevent heat retention, meaning you won't feel like you're walking across a string of hot coals while wandering along the swirling azure shoreline. And when you're not diving or snorkeling in the stunning beryl-tinted waters, recent travelers recommend taking a short hike to the Hill Inlet lookout at Tongue Point for photo ops and panoramic vistas.

The best way to get to Whitehaven Beach is by boat. Island ferries, power boats and luxury yachts all offer day trips that depart from Shute Harbour (a little more than 6 miles southeast of popular Airlie Beach) that include diving and snorkeling equipment and instruction. Many overnight sailing trips also make a stop at Whitehaven Beach. But if one afternoon along the ashy sands isn't enough, you can also set up camp in the eucalyptus woodland behind the beach. For more information about day-trip operators and tours, visit the Tourism Whitsundays website.

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