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