The Best Beaches in The Whitsundays

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No trip along Australia’s East Coast would be complete without a visit to the beautiful Whitsundays, but with 74 islands to explore it can be difficult deciding which beaches best deserve your time! With pristine white sands, azure waters and stunning landscapes stretching out as far as the eye can see, these beaches are some of the best in the world. Here’s five spots you must make a trip to on your Whitsundays adventure.

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Whitehaven Beach

It’s easy to see why Whitehaven beach is often cited as one of the best beaches in Australia, if not the world; located on Haslewood Island, this 7km stretch of white sand is simply incredible. Being composed of 98% silica, the beach’s pristine white sand is almost powder like in its consistency and doesn’t retain heat, making it delightful to walk on even at the height of summer. Whilst there, be sure to make the trip to Hill Inlet on the Northern edge of the beach, a stunning inlet providing a landscape of beautiful colours and swirling shapes.

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The Whitsunday Islands are 74 continental islands of various sizes off the central coast of Queensland, Australia, 900 kilometres (560 miles) north of Brisbane.[1] The northernmost of the islands are off the coast by the town of Bowen, while the southernmost islands are off the coast by Proserpin

Luncheon Bay

Best beaches in the Whitsundays. If you want to explore Luncheon Bay you’ll want to try and arrive early – it’s a prime spot in the Whitsundays. Situated on the north side of Hook Island, Luncheon is one of the top locations for snorkelling and will give you the chance to spot some clownfish close up!

Blue Pearl Bay

Found on the north-western side of Hayman island, this bay is known for its stunning sea life, making for the perfect swimming and snorkelling spot. The best coral can be found in shallow waters off the Southern beach, whilst the best diving spot is near Castle Rock. While in the water keep your eyes peeled for the Maori Wrasse, a large and comical fish which can be recognised it by its plump lips and the trademark hump on its head.

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Horseshoe Bay

It’s not just on the Whitsundays islands you can find idyllic beaches, but the mainland too. Before or after your Whitsundays trip make a stop off at Bowen, where you’ll discover the lovely Horseshoe Bay, aptly named for its curved shape. Being somewhat hidden, this sand bay provides a private, serene experience, whilst its pristine waters make for terrific snorkelling. If you’re fortunate enough, you may even spot some sea turtles!

Palm Bay

Found on Long Island, the closest Island to the mainland, this bay provides the perfect spot to unwind. With only one resort on the whole island, Palm Bay Resort, this is one of the most tranquil and serene of all the islands, making it the perfect romantic getaway. What with its Balinese huts and coconut palms, you can almost imagine yourself marooned on a tropical island!

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Choosing a Day Tour of The Whitsundays

We needed an option that was reliable and credible but, most importantly, one that allowed us to see as much as possible without it being too rushed.
That’s why we chose to go a one-day excursion trip with ZigZag Whitsundays, which we soon discovered was up the top of the greatest Whitsunday Sailing Tours.
The tour was due to depart the harbour at 0830, alas, Tom and I didn’t get off to the best of starts as we had gone to the wrong harbour… Quick re-routing mission to the correct harbour and we eventually arrived just in time as everyone was getting sized up for their wetsuits prior to boarding. As, unfortunately, not being a confident mermaid, but more instead a beleaguered seal, I was a little nervous as I don’t swim particularly majestically, more so in open water. Regardless, minor discomfort aside, we boarded the vessel, got our debrief from our captain and set sail for, arguably, one of the best boat tours I have ever been on.
The first stop was at a quiet and isolated section of the Great Barrier Reef! Due to severe tropical cyclones, large sections of the reef have been left fragmented and damaged. We were strongly advised to interfere as little as possible with the reef to allow it to regenerate.

Snorkelling Experience on The Whitsundays

So, wetsuits on, flippers slipped on and snorkel in place – we were eager to get stuck in. The majority of the passengers chose to step down into the ocean but, as the old wife’s tale goes: ‘’If you’re friend jumped off a bridge, would you jump off one too’’ – Tom jumped off the side (this was allowed) and I followed suit. Quick gulp of seawater and floating like a used plastic bag later, I quickly made the decision to swim around starboard and grab an aided floatation device. This was a great idea as I wanted to enjoy and see as much of the reef as possible without the minor fear of getting tired and struggling to swim back to the boat. Large numbers followed my lead. This was stop number 1 and I don’t know how you could ever top that as the beginning of any tour… visit best beaches in the Whitsundays today.

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