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BOTM: Whitehaven Beach

BOTM: Whitehaven Beach

An award-winning beach for its cleanliness, located on Whitsunday Island in the heart of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Photos courtesy of Kara Rosenlund.

2019 October
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands, Australia
20.2824° S,149.0389° E

Spanning seven kilometers along Whitehaven Island and accessible by boat or helicopter, Whitehaven Beach was discovered and named by Staff Commander EP Bedwell in 1879. Renowned for its bright white sand that consists of 98% pure silica, making it very soft and fine, and it doesn’t retain heat – so it’s comfortable to walk barefoot on any day of the year. In fact, this sand is so fine that it can clean your diamonds and jewelry.

Photos courtesy of Kara Rosenlund.

Spend the day hiking to lookouts, snorkeling in a crystal clear turquoise sea (the temperature of bath water) or sip Champagne under casuarina trees. And if you're not ready to leave, there's a rustic campsite just steps from the sand.

On Whitsunday Island, head to Tongue Point (with views of Darby Swamp, Vereker Range and Darby and Cotters beaches), where you will embark on a fusion of colors and one of the best views of Whitehaven Beach. From here, explore and hike through the Whitsunday Islands National Park, before stopping by the Hill Inlet (stunning inlet located at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach) on your way back down to Whitehaven Beach. Along the shallows of the shore, if you’re lucky, you might see turtles and dolphins.


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