Whitehaven is usually a day trip from other resort areas, but certainly does not have to be. No hotels, resorts, or amenities are offered on the beach due to its National and Marine Park status, but camping packages can be purchased and they are quite generous. A ferry trip is there and back with only a few hours to laze between, but camping allows for a leisurely pace and grants the ability to explore the island, as well as others nearby. An archipelago, only 8 of the 74 Whitsunday islands are inhabited, so remote, secluded adventure is practically guaranteed.
You may wonder what else there is to do, beyond the typical sunbathing and sea bathing that can be done at any other beach, less the spectacular talcum powder sands. All manner of water sports can be enjoyed on this island, and snorkeling is king among them. With the Great Barrier Reef so close, things get interesting under the water and at low tides, the view is simply stunning.
Calm waters means easy swimming, so this is not a surfer’s heaven, but for those who like to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature surrounding them, Whitehaven truly delivers. Scuba diving, wind surfing and kite surfing are all popular activities, as well.
Part of the Whitehaven experience is the Hill Inlet on the northern end of the islet, an amazing lookout point that presents breathtaking views of the beach itself. It is a short walk up to see so much spread out before you, like the small, deepwater channels that riddle the interior of the island and the deep blues of the horizon.
Hill Inlet is also home of the swirling sands, where the tides shift and churn sand and ocean into an elegant fusion of pale and dark. Take a camera, because you may be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of a sea eagle, stingray, or even some baby sharks. Much of the beach is ideal for a champagne picnic, Hill Inlet included, so plan on bringing a cooler and immersing yourself in scenery like no other.
Those who discover Whitehaven Beach are rarely satisfied with only one visit; they become converts and worshippers, eager for their next glimpse of such exhilarating beauty. Keeping it cool and lush is the abundant vegetation and acacia trees that only add to its mythical stature and offer haven for a variety of island animal life. Part of a dream-like archipelago dotting the Coral Sea, Whitehaven Beach is like the most flawless gem in the necklace of the gods: perfect, naturally breathtaking and a true gift of nature.