How far is Whitehaven Beach from Airlie Beach?

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Many visitors to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands choose to stay in Airlie Beach due to its close proximity and endless options for exploring the region, particularly Whitehaven Beach. The pure white sand exclusive to Whitehaven Beach lures visitors from all around the world and no trip to the Whitsundays would be complete without a dip in the crystal clear turquoise water and a selfie or two. If you are thinking of making a day trip to Australia’s most iconic beach, you are most likely wondering how long it will take. There are endless options for day trips to Whitehaven Beach and which one you select will depend on your budget and how much time you wish to spend on the beach.

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How far is it?

The distance from Airlie Beach to Whitehaven Beach is only 33km however travel times will vary depending on the vessel you choose to travel on, the tide and local weather. Travel time from Airlie Beach to Whitehaven via boat ranges from just over one hour for high-speed vessels to around two hours for sailboats. If you are lucky enough to travel to Whitehaven Beach on a helicopter or seaplane adventure the trip time can be as little as 15 minutes if you fly directly there. We've been on every tour in the Whitsundays to Whitehaven, and below are our top picks! 

Whitsunday Bullet Paddleboarding

Top Picks: Day Speed Boat Tours from Airlie Beach to Whitehaven Beach

Whitsunday Bullet 

Ocean Rafting 

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Whitehaven Xpress

Top Picks: Day Sailing Tours from Airlie Beach to Whitehaven Beach 



Lady Enid

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Helicopter Whitehaven Beach Whitsundays

Top Picks: Scenic Flights from Airlie Beach to Whitehaven Beach 

Ocean Rafting Scenic Flight

GSL Helicopter Tour

Regardless of the tour you choose, you will not be disappointed with your visit to Whitehaven Beach. Click here for a full range of overnight charters that visit Whitehaven Beach-Most of them do! 

Ready to start planning your Whitehaven adventure? Chat to our friendly local boating experts to find out our latest deals, or call +61 74914 2425! 

*Ocean Rafting Scenic flight can be booked with boat and flight combo or flight only combo, ask our consultants at the time of booking. It is recommended booking at least two weeks in advance as scenic flights fill up! 

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