10 stunning aerial photographs of The Whitsunday Islands

With 74 islands sitting pretty off the Queensland coast, The Whitsundays are perfection for anyone looking to capture incredible aerial landscape photos.

Opting to take a helicopter or seaplane rather than a boat gives you a birds-eye view of the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday islands.

It’s incredible seeing the colours and patterns of the coral reef sparkle as the shades of blue graduate from shallow to deep water… and flying over Whitehaven Beach is a moment that takes your breath away. The sand formations and swirls of Hill Inlet are a once in a lifetime view!

Take a peek at my journey flying over the magical Whitsunday Islands! (All photographs by The Wandering Lens.)

1. Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach

Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Islands  is a natural wonder of sand swirls and turquoise water.

Hill Inlet is a natural wonder of sand swirls and turquoise water.

2. Bali Hai (also known as Black Island)

Bali Hai Island and it's spectacular fringing reef is an ideal spot for snorkelling. |Whitsunday Islands

The spectacular ringing reef of Bali Hai is an ideal spot for snorkelling.

3. Hardy Reef

Hardy Reef on the Great Barrier Reef off the Whitsunday Islands

Hardy Reef is one sparkling sight from the air with coral outcrops appearing out of the deep blue sea.

4. Langford Island

Langford Reef in the Whitsunday Islands

A dreamy paradise where sand meets the reef. Soak up the sunshine after a snorkel at Langford Island.

5. Tidal sand patterns

Shifting sands of Hill Inlet and Whithaven Beach in the Whitsundays

The tidal sand patterns of Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach are a stunning natural sight from the air.

6. Dumbell Island

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Dumbell Island is a hidden gem abound with reef fish and hiking adventures just opposite Whitsunday Island.

7. Hook Island

Hook Island in the Whitsunday Islands

Where the rainforest meets the reef, Hook Island is the second largest of the Whitsunday Group.

8. The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef off the Whitsunday Coast

The Great Barrier Reef is just a short 15-minute helicopter or seaplane flight from the Whitsunday Islands, and it’s definitely worth splurging to see this amazing natural wonder from the air once in your life!

9. Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach, The Whitsundays

Whitehaven Beach is always at the top of the world’s best beaches list and it’s not hard to see why. White silica sand and gleaming clear water greets visitors arriving by boat or glamorously landing on the shores by helicopter or seaplane.

10. Heart Reef

Heart Reef, The Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef

Few natural formations can compare to the beauty of Heart Reef. A hotspot for romance, this little gem sits amongst Hardy Reef and is best seen from the air!

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