In 2013, Whitehaven Beach has been named the number one beach in Australia by the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Beach Awards.
Published articles on the web describe Whitehaven Beach, a 7-kilometer expanse along Whitsunday Island, as the best beach Down Under, and the fifth best worldwide. You can reach this island by helicopter, seaplane or boat coming from Arlie Beach or Hamilton Island.
Vacationers Adore Whitehaven Beach
Local and foreign tourists love to visit Whitehaven Beach for the barbecue lunch or to simply swim and camp in the facilities of the National Park. Some people refer to Whitehaven as a prize-winning shoreline which provides a private haven for visitors who yearn for privacy. In fact, this destination is for adventurers who want to discover the Great Barrier Reef. Whitehaven Beach has become famous for the brown silica sand reaching out for almost 7 kilometers.
In 2008, Keep Australia Beautiful, a non-profit environmental conservation organization in this country, named Whitehaven as the cleanest beach in Queensland. Compared to other seashores, the sand does not get extremely hot so tourists can walk around with bare feet even during the hot summer months. Two years after, CNN named Whitehaven as the leading eco-friendly beach in the whole world.
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Dive Spot and Camp Site
Whitehaven is a haven for divers. Here, thrill-seeking divers will definitely enjoy the beautiful corals and abundant marine life with roughly 3,000 varieties of reef systems. It is well-known for the picturesque camping areas where campers can relish the night in the midst of nature. Travelers who want to stay longer have all the time to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Meanwhile, the eye-catching Hill Inlet is a delightful but small cove where sightseers will surely be amazed by the implausible twirl of colors which takes place when the tides change.
Whitehaven is the biggest beach in the Whitsundays with the blue waters and verdant plant life which are practically unaffected by pollution and dwelling. Smoking is not allowed while dogs cannot roam around the shore. 10, 000 years ago, the Whitsundays used to be mountain peaks but the rising sea level caused formation of islands. Before this took place, the area was inhabited by aborigines called the Ngaro. Descendants of this ethnic group still live in the islands with the government making efforts to preserve their culture.
The Queensland Government has declared the Whitsunday Islands, including Whitehaven Beach together with adjacent areas, as national parks to preserve the species in danger of extinction. These are also part of the Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage listed location.
Tourists may want to go to Whitehaven Beach in June so they can participate in the yearly beach run which includes half marathon, 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer sprints, as well as the 2-kilometer and 750-meter ocean swimming meet known as Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim in November of every year.
There are plenty of affordable hotels and restaurants near Whitehaven Beach as well as reasonably-priced tour packages.