Voted one the world’s top three beaches, Whitehaven Beach is located on Whitsunday Island and boasts a six-kilometre stretch of pure white silica sand. This all-tidal beach is very popular for yachts and cruise boats.
The vegetation on and behind the dunes of Whitehaven is unusual for the islands. At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, which is lined with mangroves and penetrates the island profoundly. Hill Inlet is an important area from migratory birds passing on their way south from Siberia and Alaska to their wintering sites in Australia. Some 30 species have been recorded at various times such as Eastern
Curlew, Bar Tailed Godwit and Ruddy Turnstone.
If coming from Solway Passage watch out for the reef area, which is always covered at the south-east end of Whitehaven Beach. It is marked with a north cardinal mark. Proceed north until you are well clear of the passage before turning to port and heading for the beach.
Depth: 5 - 10 metres
A picturesque anchorage. Whitehaven is an incredible expanse of pure white sand, the legacy of a geological era when the sea level was lower. It is a magnificent beach and one that is understandably popular with yachts.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
- Bush walks
- Lookout at Hill Inlet
- Spotting turtles, mantarays,
- stingrays and dolphins