An archipelago of 74 islands, waterways and sections of the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands is one of Australia’s most iconic natural attractions. A star attraction in the area is the seven-kilometre long, crescent shaped Whitehaven Beach. With squeaky white silica sand and crystal blue-green waters, Whitehaven is renowned to be one of the world’s great beaches. Hop aboard a Cruise Whitsundays catamaran for a memorable day trip from Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island.
Length of Trip : Half day
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Best time to go : Year round, although spring (September to November) is a particular sweet spot.
Wheelchair friendly : Contact operator to make arrangements
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat :
Morning or afternoon tea is included. Also sandwiches, snacks and a range of soft drinks, beers and wines are available for purchase on board.
Official Site :
Cruise Whitsundays Whitehaven Half Day Boat Trip
Where to Stay :
Just a few minutes from Airlie Port, the Discovery Parks at Airlie Beach is a perfect spot for families, offering various cabins to suit every need
Getting There :
Getting to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays, is easy with a variety of air, rail and road options available. Cruise Whitsunday cruises depart daily from the Maritime Terminal at 24 The Cove Road, Port of Airlie, Airlie Beach.
Note from Robin :
Yes, you can actually polish your jewellery with the fine silica sand on Whitehaven. Although the boat trip is very popular, there's plenty of space on the beach and it is definitely not crowded. Stinger suits are provided as a precaution from the jellies that occasionally plague the Queensland coast. The boat stops at Hamilton Island which is well worth checking out as well.