When you take one of the Whitehaven Beach tours, you’ll understand why it was voted Number 1 Best of the Best Beaches in the World in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2021. Whitehaven Beach attracts visitors from across the world to experience this beautiful, unspoiled piece of paradise. The sand is 98 per cent pure white silica, which gives it a brilliant, near-luminescent colour.
This seven-kilometre stretch of stunning, soft white sand lies along Whitsunday Island, the largest of the seventy-four islands in the Whitsunday group and is washed by a warm, clear, turquoise ocean. In the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach is protected by the Whitsunday Islands National Park and has been voted the world’s top eco-friendly beach, and Queensland’s cleanest beach.
Arrive in Townsville to join our opulent Diamond Class coach while we travel along the coastline. Visiting iconic sites on Magnetic Island where we enjoy a fast-cats ferry. Enjoy some time exploring all that Airlie Beach has to offer with a trip to Whitsundays to experience the white sands of Whitehaven Beach. We then make our way towards Mackay where we visit the Cape Hillsborough National Park, enjoying a guided tour of Sarina Sugar Shed before heading to Mackay Airport for our flights home.
Travel to Whitsunday Island’s world-famous beach onboard a Whitehaven Beach tour, skimming across the turquoise, blue and green water to this perfect piece of paradise. Step off the boat and sink your feet into the silky smooth, velvety texture of the sand, then wash it off in the crystal clear warm, tropical ocean.
It's interesting that the sand on Whitehaven beach is not found on any of the other islands in the Whitsunday group. Its origin remains a bit of a mystery. Silica is derived when quartz erodes, yet there are no quartz deposits in the area. Many believe the sand was carried north along Queensland’s coast to the Whitsunday Islands forming countless island beaches. Due to the depth of the dunes on Whitehaven Beach, its sand remained while others were washed away by the tides.
The local Ngaro Indigenous Tribe used to call Whitehaven Beach ‘Whispering Sands’ due to the sound the sand makes as you walk on it, and when you do, you’ll notice it isn’t hot. Even on the balmiest Queensland day, you can walk along Whitehaven Beach, shoes in hand without burning your feet.
Tours to Whitehaven Beach also take visitors to Hill Inlet, at the northern end of the beach. Hill Inlet is another mysterious spot where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a magical, swirling blend of colours.
Well-travelled tourists from across the globe have proclaimed Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet to be the most beautiful places they've ever seen.
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The sand on Whitehaven Beach is almost one hundred percent pure silica which produces a fine, powder-like texture and brilliant white colour. This sand is known to be great for polishing your jewellery, but make sure you don’t drop your phone - the sand is so fine, it can damage electrical equipment!
As well as relaxing on the beach or going for a swim, Whitehaven Beach is also great for snorkelling, beach combing, sailing, and kayaking. You can also take a guided bush walk, where you can learn about the history, flora, and fauna of this incredibly special spot.
Whitehaven Beach offers opportunities to spot a variety of wildlife, both on the beach and in the surrounding waters, including marine turtles, dolphins, seabirds, stingrays, and whales during the annual migration season (usually from June to September).
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