The Best Way to See Whitehaven Beach
There are many ways to experience the best of Whitehaven Beach but, for starters, what could be better than spending time lounging on the sand, swimming in the sparkling sea and hiking up to Tongue Lookout to take in the views?
If you like the idea of spending a few days on the water and exploring further afield – after all, the Whitsundays consist of 74 islands - there is the option to visit Whitehaven Beach on a liveaboard sailing tour.
These trips usually include a visit to Whitehaven Beach as well as options such as snorkelling, scuba diving and even kayaking in a number of choice locations around the Whitsunday Islands.
If you don’t want to spend days on a boat however, Ocean Rafting here is a tour from Airlie Beach to see all of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet in one day.
This tour whisks its passengers away on super-fast, semi-rigid, inflatable rafts for a day of island bushwalks, swimming and exploring at Whitehaven Beach and then snorkelling on the stunning fringing reefs at Border Island or Dumbell Island.
Taking in the beauty of Whitehaven Beach by air in a helicopter, fixed wing aircraft or seaplane is another amazing experience that also gives you the opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the best of the rest of the Whitsunday Islands.
Alternatively, you can do ‘the lot’ on a fly/cruise tour. This option takes you sky-high on a scenic fixed wing flight for fabulous aerial views and then on a high-speed boating adventure around the Whitsunday Islands and to Whitehaven Beach, where you can get your feet wet in the crystal-clear water you’ve just seen from the air.
There are also helicopter tours that land on Whitehaven Beach and give you 1.5 hours to explore the area or, if you are staying on Hamilton Island, why not take a seaplane tour that includes an exciting ocean landing and 1.5 hours of free time on Whitehaven Beach, with a light bite and a glass of bubbles to enjoy while you lounge on those perfectly white shores?
Looking for something to get your heart rate up a little more?
How about viewing Whitehaven Beach while you freefall out of the sky at over 200km/hr from up to 15,000ft? That’s right; nothing between you and that amazing scenery but fresh, sea air! What’s more, on specific days you can do a 14,000ft skydive that lands right on Whitehaven Beach itself.
So, whichever way you decide is the best way to see what has been voted Australia’s best beach, you can be assured of powder soft sand, spectacular colours, scenery that will take your breath away and memories to last a lifetime on Australia’s Whitehaven Beach.
The Mystery of Whitehaven Beach
Some people say that Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Islands on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the most beautiful place they have ever seen.
Others claim that the white sand from the beach, which contains 98% silica, was used to make the glass in the Hubble Space Telescope in the 1970s.
NASA has as yet made no comment on this interesting rumour, but the fact that such a story even exists goes to show that there really is something special about this Australian beach, and in particular its squeaky sand.
No one really knows where the sand came from. There are no other beaches in the Whitsunday Islands with silica sand and it could not have come from the rocks around the beach.
Possible explanations include the sand having come from the interior of Australia with the rise of the oceans or washing ashore from elsewhere in the world over thousands of years.
Regardless of its origins, the sand is as fine and soft as baby powder and travellers from all over the world come to sink their toes into it.
Because of its high silica content, the sand doesn’t hold the heat, so you can take long, barefoot walks on the beach without the risk of burning your feet, and it is even said to be excellent for cleaning jewellery!
Almost as famous as Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, a breathtakingly beautiful cove at the northern end of the beach where, as the tides change, the white of the sand and the turquoise of the water blend to create a stunning mosaic of swirling tropical colours.
Visit at low tide to see this fusion of water and sand at its brilliant best.