How to Get to Whitsunday Island | Whitehaven Beach

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The home of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, Whitsunday Island is one of the most popular destinations in the Whitsundays. The largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsunday chain, Whitsunday Island offers pristine beaches, dazzling white sand, clear turquoise water, abundant marine life, several walking tracks and multiple camping areas. Visit north or south Whitehaven Beach, Betty’s Beach, Chance Bay or the swirling sands of Hill Inlet - a trip to Whitsunday Island, part of the Whitsunday Islands National Park, is an experience you will never forget.

Whether you plan on spending the day or staying overnight, there are plenty of ways to get to Whitsunday Island!

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Day Tours

Day tours that visit Whitsunday Island provide visitors with the chance to explore Whitehaven Beach, experience the breathtaking view from Hill Inlet Lookout and seek out the secluded paradise of Betty’s Beach. There are endless day tour options, from speed boats to sailing vessels, and all include a gourmet lunch and hotel transfers.

Day tours primarily depart from the Coral Sea Marina in Airlie Beach however there are also some tours that depart from the Port of Airlie, Hamilton Island or Daydream Island. Choose the departure point that is best for you depending on where you are staying and how much time you would like to spend on the beach!

Departing Coral Sea Marina

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Ocean Rafting - Southern Lights

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Departing Port of Airlie


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Departing Daydream Island


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Departing Hamilton Island Marina

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Overnight Sailing Tours

All overnight sailing tours in the Whitsundays include a visit to the beautiful Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout in their itineraries. There are 2 or 3-day options available for backpackers (18-35), air-conditioned boats, catamarans and families and all boats depart from the Coral Sea Marina in Airlie Beach. 

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Scenic Flights

Nothing can beat the spectacular view of Whitsunday Island from the air - the stunning white silica sand of Whitehaven Beach stretches 7km down the coast and paired with the turquoise water of the Coral Sea that laps its shores the scene is nothing short of paradise. 

Experience Whitehaven and get the best of both worlds with Ocean Rafting's fly and raft package, or take an aerobatic stunt plane flight that will fly you over Whitehaven for an ultimate adrenaline rush! 

Or, if you are staying on Hamilton Island, you may like to book a Hamilton Island Air Helicopter or Sea Plane.

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Private Charters

A distinct advantage of chartering a private boat is that you are not locked into a pre-determined itinerary which means you can spend as long as you want on Whitsunday Island and uncover the hidden gems that many other people never get to see. Many boats available for private single day or overnight charters through the Whitsunday Islands and each offers a unique personalised holiday that you will remember for many years to come. For more information on booking a private charter, read on here.

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Water Taxis

Whitsunday Water Taxi Transfers offers morning or afternoon departures to Whitehaven Beach or Chance Bay on Whitsunday Island. Daily water taxis depart from Shute Harbour, Daydream Island, Hamilton Island and 4 other island destinations. There are even camping packages including all your equipment, food and camping permits available for purchase if you choose to stay overnight on Whitsunday Island.

Scamper is another company that transfers campers to Whitehaven Beach, Carin Beach or Chance Bay on Whitsunday Island. The Scamper boat does not operate on a timetable so all transfers must be pre-booked and camping equipment is available for hire if you need it. Scamper even offers you the opportunity to hire a sea kayak to take with you so you can paddle between island campsites!

There are many ways to get to Whitsunday Island and each is a unique adventure waiting to be enjoyed-Ask us about our current specials and we'll help you get there! 

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