Certain items are prohibited from this shore to keep it pristine and immaculate
A place so immaculate that it has bagged awards for being the most pristine beach in the region, Whitehaven Beach is a slice of paradise in Whitsunday Island, Australia, and located at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The shore stretches for more than 7km and boasts white silica sand that is among the purest in the world.
Because of this high purity, the sand on Whitehaven Beach does not retain heat, so it’s perfectly manageable to walk barefoot on a hot day. This sand is also very fine and can damage electronics such as phones and cameras.
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. How does it manage this? Dogs and cigarettes are not permitted on the beach.
At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a beautiful marbled swirl. The lookout at Tongue Point is the best spot from which to view the swirling sands of Hill Inlet.
Whitsunday Island and Whitehaven Beach are accessible by boat from the mainland tourist ports of Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour, as well as Hamilton Island.