5 incredible ways to see 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 in Tripadvisor’s 2017 Travellers’ Choice Awards. And despite recent weather events, it’s just as gorgeous as the day it was crowned.

If you want to get up close to this award-winning icon, here’s how you can do it.


Take off from Airlie Beach and enjoy stunning aerial views as Air Whitsundays Seaplanes fly you (in style) to beautiful Whitehaven Beach. Get those cameras ready!

And as you descend upon the shorelines of Whitehaven Beach, you’ll be greeted by salty air, white sand and pristine water. It’s the perfect place for a private picnic.



Image by @oceanrafting

Discover the “Wild Side” of the Whitsundays with Ocean Rafting, where you’ll jet boat around some of the most gorgeous islands and snorkel pristine reefs.

And if you’ve got a need for speed, step on board Red Cat Adventures’ Wildcat; a 300-horse power jet boat that would give Speedy Gonzales a run for his money.

Stopping for a breather at Hill Inlet, you’ll be able to grace the sands of Whitehaven Beach and explore the lookout. And after a thrilling day on the water and in the sun, retreat to a private waterfront resort and chill.



Prefer to take your time and soak in every drop of the Whitsundays? Then take a 6-day tour with Salty Dog Sea Kayaking. Departing from Airlie Beach, your adventure begins with a short water taxi ride to (you guessed it) Whitehaven Beach, where you’ll camp for the night.

Over the remaining days, you’ll give your arms (and eyes) the ultimate workout as you paddle your way towards your destination; Langford Island. From dolphins to reef systems, you’ll be amazed at what you see on your journey.

Before you head out, check out this handy guide.


Whitehaven Beach Bareboat

Captain your own ship or hire a crew and sail to Whitehaven Beach. And then charter a course and sail around the other 73 Whitsunday Islands.

You can go by Bareboat or on a private Yacht, either way, you’ll give your sea legs a stretch and have a memorable sailing journey.

And, this is how you can do it.


Cruise Whitsundays | Whitehaven Beach

Looking for something a little more romantic? How about a luxury day cruise to Whitehaven Beach?

Cruise Whitsundays will deliver you and your partner to Whitehaven Beach where you’ll be served with a buffet salad picnic, including barbequed meat and fish. To top it off, you’ll dine right on the white sandy shores, overlooking the azure blue waters.


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.

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.

    • 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.

    • If you want to get up close to this award-winning icon, here’s how you can do it.

  • 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.

    • Committed

      Yes horseflies hurt. Have been bitten by one. Ouch.

  • Kaylah Buckman

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

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

  • Committed

    Visited that place 36 years ago and it looks as unspoilt as when I first saw it. Beautiful…one day I hope to visit again.

    • Oh, that’s incredible to hear. You should definitely visit again, it’s such a special place.

  • Committed

    Unfortunately when life is not as financial for you as you have hoped over the years then you can’t take holidays, because you have to have a steady income and savings. 🙁 I am hoping that will change. 🙂