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With its powder-white silica sands, gleaming turquoise waters, and fringe of lush rainforest, it’s little surprise that Whitehaven is one of Australia’s most photographed beaches. Stretching for almost 3 miles (5 kilometers) along the coast of Whitsunday Island, it’s a magnificent sight and an idyllic spot for swimming and snorkelling. 

The Basics
A tour of the Whitsundays Islands isn’t complete without a stroll along the silky soft sands of Whitehaven Beach, and most visitors opt to explore on a day trip from Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island. 

It’s possible to visit on a half-day cruise, while full-day tours offer even more beach time. Tour highlights include the views from the Hill Inlet lookout, snorkelling along pristine coral reefs, or a bushwalk through the surrounding rainforest. For the most spectacular views, experience the natural beauty of Whitehaven Beach from above on a helicopter or seaplane flight.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • To meet conservation guidelines, facilities are limited on Whitehaven Beach, so bring everything you need with you; restrooms are located at the north and south ends of the beach. 
  • There are no umbrellas available at the beach, so be sure to pack sunscreen and a hat, as well as plenty of water.  
  • Most Whitsundays Islands cruises are by catamaran, but a motorized raft tour allows you to explore protected areas in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and reach the best snorkelling spots. 
  • Some boats and tours are wheelchair accessible, and beach wheelchairs are available to rent.

How to Get There
Whitehaven Beach is located along the southeastern coast of Whitsunday Island and is accessible only by boat. Most ferries and boat cruises leave from the Port of Airlie at Airlie Beach and take around 1.5 hours, typically stopping at Hamilton Island to pick up passengers along the way. 

When to Get There
The Whitsundays are a year-round destination. The most popular time to visit is during the summer (January and February), when it’s advisable to book tours and accommodation in advance and make an early start to avoid the crowds. Average day temperatures are still 73°F (23°C) in the winter months, so it’s possible to swim and snorkel all year. This is also the time to spot migrating whales along the coast.

Cruising the Whitsundays Islands
Whitehaven Beach is just one of the many natural wonders of the Whitsundays Islands, and it’s worth choosing a day or multi-day cruise that takes in the surrounding sights. Highlights include sailing across the Whitsunday Passage, snorkelling at Mantaray Bay or Luncheon Bay around Hook Island, spotting koalas and kangaroos at the Wild Life Hamilton Island reserve, and looking out over Hamilton Island from One Tree Hill. 

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Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, null
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Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

Enjoy relaxing on the pure white sand of Whitehaven Beach. You can walk along the seven kilometer stretch of natural silica sand, swim in crystal clear water ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $78.99
Full-Day Whitehaven Beach BBQ, Hill Inlet Lookout, and Snorkeling Cruise, The Whitsundays & ... 
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Full-Day Whitehaven Beach BBQ, Hill Inlet Lookout, and Snorkeling Cruise

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Join a Whitehaven Beach day trip with Whitehaven Xpress, a family operated full day trip with snorkeling, swimming, bush-walking and Whitehaven Beach BBQ. ...  Read more

Location: Airlie Beach, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.06
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise, Airlie Beach, Snorkeling
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Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise

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The only way to experience one of the world's best beaches and the Whitsundays largest resort island is in style and comfort aboard a large, high-speed and ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Airlie Beach, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.06
Lady Enid Sailing and Snorkeling Day Trip, Including Whitehaven Beach, The Whitsundays & ... 
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Lady Enid Sailing and Snorkeling Day Trip, Including Whitehaven Beach

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A true sailing experience through the Whitsunday Islands on board the rare Australian classic yacht Lady Enid. Become involved as much or as little as you ...  Read more

Location: Airlie Beach, Australia
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $173.19
Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, Sailing Trips
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Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach

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Explore the beautiful Whitsunday Islands on a full-day tour through paradise via a sturdy motorized raft. Zip over to secluded spots to snorkel over pristine ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.22
Whitehaven Beach Cruise Including Hill Inlet Walk, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, Jet Boats ... 
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Whitehaven Beach Cruise Including Hill Inlet Walk

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Spend a full day exploring Whitehaven beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Whitsunday Islands. You’ll enjoy a guided hike to Solway Circuit Lookout ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $165.95
Whitsunday Islands Sailing Adventure, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, Day Cruises
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Whitsunday Islands Sailing Adventure

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Sail through the Whitsunday Islands and explore magnificent Whitehaven Beach, voted one of the world's best beaches on this full-day sailing adventure from ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $144.21
Whitsundays Seaplane Tours, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, Sailing Trips
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Whitsundays Seaplane Tours

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Take in remarkable views of the Whitsunday Islands on a scenic flight by seaplane. Choose from five flight options to fly over this stunning part of the Great ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $213.78
Whitehaven Beach Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, Air Tours
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Whitehaven Beach Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise

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Sail the Whitsundays in a 62-ft gaff rigged schooner. Help out with the sails or chill on deck as the sails fill in the breeze. Head for the Whitsundays' ...  Read more

Location: Airlie Beach, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $129.71
Whitsundays Private Sailing Charter, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, Sailing Trips
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Whitsundays Private Sailing Charter

Charter your own skipper and crew on a tallship  in the Whitsunday Islands for up to 24 guests with this private tour that gives you a choice from three day ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,159.46

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