Those who have been to Whitehaven Beach before will remember the hard work it takes to get there. The seclusion is part of the appeal, as the beach can only be reached by boat, seaplane, or helicopter. Its stunning aquarelle-like landscape isn’t its only appeal as it sits on the Great Barrier Reef, the biggest living organism on Earth.
What is Whitehaven Beach famous for?
Whitehaven Beach is famous for its 7 km/4 mi stretch of the purest white silica sand and the way the tides mix sand and water at Hill Inlet, on its northern end, Edvard Munch style. It’s famous for its wildlife as well. Whitehaven Beach is in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area, fishing is prohibited and mooring regulated. Wildlife in Whitehaven includes birds such as white-bellied sea eagles, reptiles such as the lace monitor, mammals such as black flying-foxes, turtles, sharks, crocodiles and the majestic humpback whales. They migrate north from the Antarctic Ocean from June to July and stay around the Great Barrier until September when they head back south. And finally, Whitehaven Beach is famous for its #1 ranking in the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2021, voted as ‘Best of the Best Beaches in the World’ .
Can you swim at Whitehaven Beach?
Yes you can swim at Whitehaven Beach, and you’ll surely feel an irrepressible urge to dip in these wonderful waters. However the park authorities do not recommend it – cautious times we’re living! – and list the dangers to the activity as: strong currents, presence of sharks, marine stingers and crocodiles. Choosing a competent boat crew and some basic awareness should mitigate those risks to perfectly manageable levels.
Can you stay on Whitehaven Beach?
Yes, you can stay on Whitehaven Beach: there’s a camp site right by the beach, with plenty of facilities such as picnic tables and non-flush toilets. Open fires are prohibited, bring a gas or fuel stove. There is no fresh water either, make sure you have enough. Other useful items are insect repellent, vinegar (in case of stings), torches and sun cream. Pets are not allowed. Nightly fees: 6.75 A$/person or 27 A$/family. Previous booking is mandatory, you can reserve your spot online directly at the Queensland National Parks website.