Beach, the Whitsunday Islands, central-east Australia.
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Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island sports absolutely stunning super-fine
grain white sand, literally squeaky due to 98% silica content and
is surrounded by warm, clear green waters with various islands scattered
in the distance, considered the best beach in the world by many publications.No mate, too much like hard work getting there, no facilities at all (such as shade), and toxic jellies waiting to pounce if you're not wearing a sticky, itchy wetsuit.
However...half the year you have to seriously consider wearing a stinger
suit before entering the briny, due to random flights of toxic jellies
(yes, the deadliest critter in the world, land or sea; lycra suits
are usually provided by tour vessels). Furthermore,
what exactly is the point of being here for just an hour or two apart
from ticking the box that says 'been to the best beach in Australia/the World'?
are no hotels, bars or restaurants on
Whitsunday Island but some cheap camping options near Whitehaven Beach.
A camping permit is needed, available from Airlie Beach town on the
main route to the Whitsunday Islands is via Airlie Beach and takes
at least 1.5 hours by boat. Airlie is another lucky town with a free,
fantastic and beautifully landscaped salt-water lagoon on the shore.
All sorts of dive/snorkel/fish/wildlife walk packages are available
and nightlife is lively.
Marching Powder on Whitehaven Beach, 98% silica.
A more relaxing way to travel around the Whitsunday Islands, but wetsuits still needed!
A day trip from Airlie Beach usually involves a snorkel stop as well
as a trip to Whitehaven, so will mean at least 5 hours of motoring
for the pleasure of an hour or maybe two on the beach.
Whitehaven worth the time and cost for a day trip from the mainland? We don't think so, not if your objective is to laze on the 'perfect'
beach - you won't do much lazing in an hour or so; stay over if you
Whitehaven visitors are day-trippers from other islands e.g. the well-developed
but pricey Hamilton Island which is just round the corner from Whitehaven
and has an airport and lots of facilities or the equally near but
much lower cost Hook Island.
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