Top 5 Whitsunday Beaches
1. Whitehaven Beach
Continuously voted as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Whitehaven Beach has yet again just been named Trip Advisor's 2016 traveller's choice award as the top beach in Australia and is one of the primary reasons why tourists visit the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Well worth this consistent rating, Whitehaven beach boasts the swirling sands of the hill-inlet in the north and pure silica sand that stretches for 7 kilometres along Whitsunday Island in the south.
Located just across from Whitehaven Beach is the less-known Chalkies Beach, which also features pure white silica sand. Chalkies is also great for snorkelling and swimming, with beautiful coral gardens and warm tropical waters.
3. Horsehoe Bay
An hour drive from Airlie Beach, Horseshoe Bay is located in the small town of Bowen, situated north of Proserpine. Horseshoe Bay has white sandy beaches bordered by granite headlands. It’s perfect for swimming and picnicking, and is popular with both tourist and locals.
4. Cape Gloucester
Cape Gloucester is a short drive from Airlie Beach and is located in the northern end of the Whitsundays, just past Hydeaway Bay. It is quiet and secluded, making it perfect for a beach escape. Bring a picnic lunch or try the Cape Glouster Eco Lodge restaurant, situated right on the beach, it is a favourite amongst travellers and locals alike.
5. Catseye Beach
Located on the popular holiday destination of Hamilton Island, Catseye Beach is a great spot to experience all that Hamilton Island has to offer. Whether you are working on your tan, snorkelling on the reef, or experiencing the adrenalin rush of a jet ski, Catseye Beach offers endless activities for your island escape.