What is Whitehaven beach

whitehaven beach

Whitehaven Beach is a breathtaking, seven-kilometer strip of sand just outside Cid Harbour in Whitsunday Island National Park. A World Heritage-listed island.

Area of the Whitehaven beach:

A person sitting on a beach

Whitehaven Beach is 20 meters wide, six kilometers around and the sand is about 2m deep.

Where is Whitehaven beach?

An island in the middle of a body of water

Whitehaven beach is on Whitsunday Island in the Whitsundays in Queensland Australia. In fact, one of the most popular places to visit is the Whitsunday Islands.

You can fly from Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, and other locations in Australia to Hamilton Island then take a 20-minute water taxi ride to Whitehaven Beach. And you can also just do a day trip from Airlie Beach or Shute Harbour if you were going on a cruise and wanted to visit the beach.

What is the sand like?

The sand is 99% silica which means it is extremely white and fine. It’s often called “powdered sugar” sand because that’s exactly what it feels like.

Is Whitehaven beach crowded?

No, not at all! Even in the peak season, you’ll only find a few hundred people on the beach.

Is Whitehaven beach safe to swim in?

Yes, the water is incredibly clear and the beach is patrolled by lifeguards. The sandbar that runs out from the beach means there’s generally a nice place for kids to swim.

What activity does Whitehaven beach offer?

The only thing to do on Whitehaven Beach is relax and enjoy the natural beauty! You can sunbathe, swim, snorkel, read a book or just take in the view.

What else should I know?

Whitehaven beach is one of the most photographed places in Australia for good reason! It’s an absolutely beautiful place and well worth a visit if you’re ever in the area.

What are other things to do on Whitsunday Island?

The Whitsundays has many popular activities including boat cruises, seaplane flights, jet skis, snorkeling, scuba diving, and glass-bottom boat rides.

You can also take a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy all kinds of activities such as snorkeling, diving, and sailing. Also, check out our Things to do in Airlie Beach page which has many more activities on offer (if you were visiting for something else other than Whitehaven Beach).

Opinion of some people about Whitehaven beach:

1-Mia Lopez

I would love to visit this place! It looks so beautiful and relaxing!

2-Amber Haugh

I think this is something I would love to do. It’s on my bucket list for sure!

3-Chelsey Reiter

This looks like an amazing place and I would love to visit one day!

4-Samantha Knepper

I have been to the Whitsundays before, but never Whitehaven Beach. It looks like a place I need to visit!

This is beautiful! I would love to go and visit one day!

5-Haley Sullivan

I have never been, but it looks so beautiful and seems like a great place to visit!

I would love to go here, it looks so nice and fun. I could definitely use some sun and relaxation.

Gorgeous! It’s on my list of places I’d love to see one day.

It’s definitely a place I need to go to!

What makes

In our opinion, there is no place like Whitehaven Beach in the world. It’s a must-do experience when visiting Australia.

Subscribe to our monthly Newsletter
Subscribe to our monthly Newsletter