Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is a 7 km stretch along Whitsunday Island, Australia. The island is accessible by boat, seaplane & helicopter from Airlie Beach, as well as Hamilton Island. It lies across from Stockyard Beach, better known as Chalkie’s Beach, on Haslewood Island. The beach is known for its crystal white silica sands and turquoise colored waters. The beach has tour barbeque and camping facilities.

The beach was named and discovered in 1879 by Staff Commander EP Bedwell. ‘Whitehaven’ was one of the many names, from the then English county of Cumberland, which Bedwell brought to the area. It followed James Cook’s 1770 naming of the island group, the Cumberland Islands.

The beach was awarded Queensland’s Cleanest Beach in Keep Australia Beautiful’s 2008 Beach Challenge State Awards. In July 2010, Whitehaven Beach was named the top Eco Friendly Beach in the world by CNN.com. Dogs are not permitted on the beach and cigarette smoking is prohibited.

Whitehaven Beach is known for its bright white sands, which consist of 98% pure silica. Local rocks do not contain silica so it has been suggested that the sands were brought to the beach by prevailing sea currents over millions of years.

Unlike regular sand, the sand on Whitehaven Beach does not retain heat making it comfortable to walk barefoot on a hot day. This sand is also very fine, and can damage electronic equipment such as telephones and cameras, although it is good at polishing up jewellery.

Tourists and locals visit Whitehaven Beach to swim and take in the bright white sand. Some visitors eat a BBQ lunch, and campers can stay by booking the National Parks camp facilities.

The Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim is a 2 km open swimming competition held on the beach in November each year since 2009 as part of the Hamilton Island Triathlon. The 2012 event was held on 11 November 2012. The beach was also featured in the racing video game Forza Horizon 3.

In 2018, the government announced an investment of $3.9 million for the construction of a new long-distance walking track and upgrading of the camping areas on the Island to improve the holiday experience of the visitors. The track will connect Whitehaven Beach to the Tongue Point.

Whitehaven Beach is known for its bright white sands, which consist of 98% pure silica. Local rocks do not contain silica so it has been suggested that the sands were brought to the beach by prevailing sea currents over millions of years.

Whitehaven Beach has a shallow shoreline and is sheltered from the open ocean by the other islands in the Whitsunday group and the outer reef. There are no big waves or rip tides to worry about here, the water is usually relaxed and calm and suitable for swimmers of all strengths.

Self-sufficient boats and campers can anchor overnight off the beach, or book a national park campsite and camp on the southern end of the iconic Whitehaven Beach itself.

Whitehaven Beach is perhaps best known for its dazzling white sand, crystal clear waters and perfect photographic opportunities, but is often a good place to see sharks. It’s home to both blacktip reef sharks and baby lemon sharks, which use the calm and shallow waters as a nursery.

Whitehaven beach is famous for its silky smooth white sand and crystal clear turquoise water, Whitehaven Beach is on the bucket lists of travelers worldwide with thousands making the journey each year. The sand is so fine that it can easily get into and damage electronic equipment.

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