Enchanting spots: Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is a stunning stretch of pure white sand on the Whitsunday Islands, just off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The Whitsundays are often touted as some of the most beautiful islands in the world and I wouldn’t disagree. Pristine white sandy beaches line the islands whilst the jungle-clad interior is home to unique flora and fauna. Under the crystal-clear waters lie the Great Barrier Reef, an awe-inspiring natural wonder that’s a majestic display of colourful corals and amazing marine life.

Whitehaven Beach


Crystal-clear water

Whitehaven Beach is truly enchanting. The beach forms a wide arc with an inlet on one end, with sand so white, you’ll need your sunnies to protect your eyes from the glare. The sea is an astounding spectrum of turquoise and blue. The sand on the beach is quite extraordinary. It’s said to be 99.9% silica, some of which was used to make the lens on the Hubble telescope. The sand, which always feels cool even on a hot day, has a very compact structure, kind of like moist salt, and when you walk on it, the sound of each footstep is similar to the barks of seals. Blue-spotted stingrays, baby sharks and schools of colourful fish can often be seen swimming close to the shoreline.


A gull standing on the white sands.

The beach is perfect to just laze around with a good book. Or you could go for a stroll or a swim, admire the breathtaking colours or feel totally blessed by the silky touch of the warm waters. While in the water, grab a handful of the pure, clean sand and give yourself a good body and face scrub. Whitehaven Beach will have you spell-bound in no time!

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21 Responses to “Enchanting spots: Whitehaven Beach”

  1. Dave 23/08/2013 7:47 pm

    These colors are amazing!

  2. Jane 30/12/2009 1:19 am

    It looks so beautiful. How can you stay there without too many people.
    It’s often crowded

  3. velvet 29/10/2009 8:05 pm

    Haha, if only my knowledge of photographic tricks was that good. No, there was no one at that end of the beach. I’ve been there twice and there were never many people on the beach. It’s an awesome spot. Thanks for your comment Nico.


  4. Nico 29/10/2009 7:58 pm

    Wow, this does seem sublime. And if there were no camera tricks involved, almost entirely free of people. 🙂

    It’s amazing what pristine waters and sand can do for your constitution. And this one seems quite unique in its purity of sand. Thanks for sharing, Keith!

  5. waitinginthedark 29/10/2009 6:41 pm

    Gorgeous!!! I’d love to jump on the first plane to go there. Photos are amazing, colors are wonderful. A dream…

  6. velvet 29/04/2009 12:19 am

    Me too! Get in line! 😉
    Thanks for your comment Chris.

  7. Chris 28/04/2009 11:36 pm

    Whitehaven Beach is one of the best there is… I wish I was there right now.

  8. jen laceda 27/04/2009 9:36 pm

    Those banks of alabaster sands and crystal water are just simply…amazing! I hope I see this place before I die!

  9. velvet 24/04/2009 4:15 pm

    I only spent a day there. The winner of the “Best Job in the World” will get the chance to spend several months there! 🙁

  10. Gaby-Bali 24/04/2009 3:40 pm

    Woww,Keith!You are so blessed to be given this chance to see that crazily pristine blue water, it looks a post card picture that is unreal but your eyes saw it, and your fingers have touched the moist of that white sand..

    I thought Bali’s White Sandy Beach in Karangasem is the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen, but Whiteheaven Beach in Queensland is nothing compare to it.


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