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Whitehaven Beach: Australia’s most photographed beach

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The archipelago of the Whitsundays is located in the Australian state of Queensland, along the Australian Great Barrier Reef. These islands are an archipelago of 74 tropical islands which represent one of Australia’s main attractions. Here is also one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, Whitehaven Beach.

This beach stretches for over seven kilometers along the east coast of Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands that make up the archipelago. The beach is known for its white sand and turquoise waters. The tongues of white sand contrast with the blue of the tides and change their shape at each tide. This beach is a must see if you are visiting the Whitsundays.


At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach, beyond an arm of the sea that wedges into the island, is Hill Inlet, a peninsula that helps to form a beautiful bay, where the tide daily changes the shape of the white sand strips that characterize this part of the beach. Here it is possible to reach, with a path, a platform: the Hill Inlet Lookout from where you have the best views of Whitehaven Beach.


On the other side of the beach, at the southern end is another lookout point to visit: the South Whitehaven lookout. It can be reached via a short path that starts from the Whitehaven Beach camping area. The walking trail, which is approximately 1 km long, runs through native Australian bush and local rainforest. The trail is relatively easy and allows interesting views along its route. Once at the top there is a platform from which you can admire an absolutely stunning view of Whitehaven Beach and Chance Bay.


The beach is accessible by boat, seaplane and helicopter from Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island. Virtually all local tourist agencies organize day trips to this beach and its viewpoints. A tip: try to hike with a nice sunny day, because the colors will be surprisingly beautiful!

The beach can be visited in several ways. Many of the Whitsundays tour operators offer day trips departing from Airlie Beach and other locations on the archipelago. A variety of shipping companies offer multi-day boat itineraries that include, of course, a visit to Whitehaven Beach as well as numerous stops on the Great Barrier Reef.

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