Whitsunday Island Australia

Whitsunday Island is the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsunday Group. It is uninhabited, but is known particularly well for the 7 kilometre stretch of pristine, white, soft, silica sand called Whitehaven Beach. This magnificent sand, which is 99.89% pure quartz, was mined in 1960 to sell to Japan for glass making. However, this practise has since stopped, and the area is now protected for visitors to enjoy.

Hill Inlet can be found at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach. Standing here, where the white sands meet the clear blue waters, the view can take your breath away. A view over Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach can be enjoyed by taking a short walk through woodland from Tongue Bay.

The Ngaro people, or ‘Island people’, lived on Whitsunday and other surrounding Islands, and on the mainland, for many hundreds of years. Captain Cook records seeing them while travelling the area. Much later a saw mill was constructed in 1860 (on what is now known as Sawmill Beach); timber was felled from the Island to supply Bowen. In 1902 Whitsunday Island became a timber reserve, and then in 1944 it became National Park and enjoyed a more complete protection.

While there are no resorts or accommodation on Whitsunday Island, there are many places to camp. These offer basic facilities and fresh water to visitors. The Island can be reached by Ferry, yacht (offering trips that include a picnic on the beach, overnight charters, or day trips which are all available from Shute Harbour, Island Resorts or Airlie Beach), Seaplane, Helicopter or Sea Kayaks. Sea Kayaks give you your own transport option to further explore inlets, coves and bays and perhaps camp overnight.

Whitsunday Island is a stunning place to visit, and Whitehaven Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Originally posted 2010-12-13 02:26:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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  1. Olga, 6 years ago

    The photo that you show is amazing. How surreal it is to see such blue water contrasted against such white sand. It really is just the typical magic island scene, how lucky are we to live in this beautiful country?
    My husband and I were in Cairns in March 2010 and we enjoyed a helicopter flight around the Great Barrier Reef. Thanks for letting us know about this paradise. On our next tropical holiday, I can imagine that a helicopter flight over Whitsunday Island, will be top of the list.

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The Whitsunday Islands are an exquisitely arranged assortment of 74 major islands located just off the Airlie Beach coastline, in Queensland. Renown for their stunning natural beauty and close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands invite travelling families, groups of friends, individuals and couples to enjoy a piece of paradise.