Snow-white waves of Whitehaven: Australian natural attraction

09 June 2018
Whitehaven beach is situated on the southeastern shore of Whitesunday island which is a part of the Great Barrier Reef

If you find true pleasure and inspiration in sitting on the seashore watching clear azure water and listening to the velvet waves’ melody, here is one more point for your personal wish list. It may even become the gem of your beaches collection if you are looking for the whitest sand on Earth.

Whitehaven beach is a seven km stretch along Whitsunday Island situated off the coast of Queensland, Australia. It is rightfully considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and the most picturesque place on the northeastern coast of Australia.

The shore radiating with pure white tints consists of tiniest sand grains of silicium dioxide which is responsible for all those unusual shades. Chemical composition also explains another phenomena: even during noonday heat the shore remains just slightly warm, allowing for a pleasant stroll over the cool crisp sand. It took sluicing underflows millions of years to create the extraordinary sandy waves of Whitehaven beach.

The fusion of white hills and sky-blue water creates pictorial landscapes. One can enjoy them from the viewing point located nearby as well as during a boat tour or a seaplane trip along the Great Barrier Reef. Today the southeast coast of Whitsunday island is a geological anomaly that has become nearly the main natural attraction of Queensland.

How to get there

Whitehaven beach is situated on the southeastern shore of Whitesunday island which is a part of the Great Barrier Reef. The best way to see the shore is taking a boat or a yacht excursion. Such trips usually take off from Shute Harbour mainland port, 25 km to the west. You can also rent a boat at one of the vacation destinations of Pioneer Bay. Boat trips normally take six to seven hours (round trips start at 10 a.m. and arrive to the port at 4:30 p.m.). Both picture-look landscapes of the arch and life of the coral reefs (while diving and snorkelling) can be admired during the excursion. The trip ends with a lunch.

Whitehaven beach is the destination point of all routes along the east cost of Queensland. Tourists can spend a couple of hours here. Boats and yachts moor in small island bays.

Another way to see Whitesunday is to take a hydroplane or a helicopter excursion. A few Australian companies basing at Whitsunday airport organize such tours. The airport is located not far away from Airlie Beach. An observation flight lasts for about 30 minutes.


The Whitsunday Islands is a national park and there are no accommodations to stay overnight at. However, you may pitch a tent for a couple of nights near the shore, provided you have a permission (which can be purchased at one of the travel companies organizing boat trips along Queensland shore) and all utility waste is carried away from the island. The camping facility is equipped with toilet rooms. Smoking on the beach is prohibited. High concentration of silicium dioxide in Whitsunday island’s sand can have negative effect on mobile phones and cameras performance, so visitors should avoid using electrical devices on the shore as far as possible.

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