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Top 5 Things to do on Whitehaven Beach

Updated Fri 09 Dec 2022

Whitehaven Beach

Beautiful pure white sand and sparkling turquoise water - there is no question why this is Australia’s best beach but once you’re done flooding your Instagram account with a million new photos, what else is there to do at Whitehaven Beach?

Immerse yourself in blue

There is no better place to take a dip in the Whitsundays than Whitehaven Beach. Even on a rare overcast day, the clear turquoise water and its year-round balmy temperature are too good to resist. Swim, float, kayak or paddle - there is no shortage of ways to make the most of the water and many tours will provide stand-up paddleboards or kayaks for free!

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Experience the Hill Inlet view

The Hill Inlet Lookout at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is only a short 1km return walk from Tongue Bay and well worth every step. With three viewing platforms, the view from the top of Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach and the surrounding islands that will take your breath away. Many tours will visit at mid to low-tide for the ultimate WOW factor as the outgoing turquoise water filters through the tidal lagoons of Hill Inlet and creates huge swirling patterns in the pure white sand. This is a natural phenomenon you don’t want to miss! 

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Visit a marine sanctuary

Baby shark do do do do do do - apart from being insanely beautiful, Hill Inlet is also a well-known nursery for all kinds of marine life. Baby stingrays and lemon sharks are easily spotted from the shore in the clear water of the tidal lagoon and many small fish dart around your feet. By the way, if you're still humming Baby Shark in your head... we're sorry!

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Find Betty’s Beach

The hidden gem of Betty’s Beach is a quiet and picturesque place to escape the crowds at Whitehaven Beach. Follow the shoreline around the northern end of Whitehaven and over the rocks and you will find yourself in a secluded spot perfect for a refreshing swim or a spot of sunbaking.

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Picnic in heaven

Who doesn’t enjoy a good picnic (and maybe a glass of bubbly!)? Whitehaven Beach is an idyllic setting to sit back, relax and enjoy the view while snacking on your favourite foods. Take a water taxi or private charter at sunrise or sunset and you may even have the beach all to yourselves! Alternatively, if you would prefer someone else to take care of the arrangements for you, there are some great helicopter and boat tours available that feature a gourmet picnic lunch.

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