It’s official. This is Australia’s best beach

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What does it take for a beach to be awarded the title of best in the world? Would squeaky, white silica sand, retina-piercing water, a ridiculously beautiful natural backdrop, and the option of a rock-star entrance via seaplane or helicopter do the trick?

Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays has topped the list of Australian beaches to come out at #1 again (and #12 in the world) in Tripadvisor’s 2016 Travellers’ Choice Awards.

It’s the fourth year in a row the beach has taken its Oscars-worthy position in the rankings, winning the number one spot in the South Pacific, too.

But what makes it so damn special? Check this out:

The average water temperature in the Whitsundays is 26 degrees Celcius year-round. It’s also a pretty fancy place to show off your yacht.

Science lesson of the day: The colour of the water in the Whitsundays is caused by fine particles of suspended siliceous sediment reflecting light.

Whitehaven beach | Image by amrazing via IG.

Photo by @amrazing

The silica white sand of Whitehaven Beach stretches for seven kilometres, so there’s plenty of room to claim a patch all your own for the day. It’s also great for polishing jewellery.

Whitehaven Beach is part of the Whitsunday Islands National Park. What most people don’t realise is you can camp overnight from as little as $5.75 per person, per night. True story.

Want to get a closer look? Salty Dog Sea Kayaking run trips that literally launch from Whitehaven Beach for six days of Whitsundays paddling bliss.

Or if you like your beach visits nice and speedy, jump on board one of Ocean Rafting‘s inflatable launches.

Whitehaven Beach views in the Whitsundays. IMage by Tom_Barton98 via IG.

Photo by @Tom_Barton98

Did you know? Captain Cook first sailed through the Whitsundays on June 4, 1770. Cook named the area after the day he sailed though – ‘Whitsunday’ – the seventh Sunday after Easter.

Have you been to Whitehaven Beach?

  • Kerry Lee

    Yep my husband and I camped on Whitehaven beach for 3 nights. You need permits and have to carry a certain amount of water, must take your ownn rubbish home as well. You then need to find a way to get to the isalnd with your camping equipment and get back off again. It’s quite an effort to organise. Out of the 3 nights, we only had 1 blissful night, the 2nd night there was yachts anchored in the water the 3rd night a group of guys came to camp with a huge amount of alcohol as well. During the day the tourists come in by the truck loads, so you spend the entire time guarding your tent and possessions. Once they are gone it’s really great.

    • Queensland Blog

      Thanks for sharing, Kerry Lee! Camping can be an effort and a half sometimes but we think it’s definitely worth it. Bet the view was pretty spectacular to wake up to, right?

      • Kerry Lee

        Yep. really amazing view, and once the tourists are gone you have the entire 4km long beach to your self- or with a hand ful of people. The fish come back into the waters as well when the tourists are gone.

  • Queensland Blog

    Ah, what a place to be! Thanks for sharing, Lorraine. Will you be visiting again soon?

  • Jack russell

    Beware the mass of horse flies in December.

  • Kaylah Buckman

    Totally in love with Whitehaven. Can’t wait to go back!

  • Mary Cars

    Such beautiful colors! I adore these marine shades. It makes me calmer