A visit to the Whitsundays wouldn’t be complete without stepping on the award winning, Whitehaven Beach.
When travelling to the Whitsundays one of the most popular ways to spend the day is to headover to the award winning Whitehaven Beach. Whitehaven Beach is a 7km stretch of Beach that is located on Whitsunday Island, the largest of all the 74 Whitsunday Islands. The Island is 275.08 km2. Whitsunday Island is located directly opposite Hamilton Island.
Whitsunday Island is accessible from Airlie Beach, or Hamilton Island by Boat, Sea Plane or helicopter. It is a popular location for both day visitors, and overnight visitors. With 6 different camp grounds and a variety of different tourist companies bringing tourists over.
Whitehaven Beach is known around the world for its amazing crystal white Silica sand, that is incredibly fine, and it’s beautiful turquoise water.
In the past we have headed over by boat and spent the day at Hill’s inlet (Northern end) and swam at the southern end of Whitehaven Beach. We have taken a boat to Chalkie’s beach and wandered through the Island back to the southern strip of the beach. This time though we wanted to do something different.
As we where staying at Hamilton Island, We decided to look into Hamilton Island Air to see what was available.
Hamilton Island air has nine different tours you can choose from Hamilton Island, some of them are purely scenic flights over the Reef, Whitehaven or Hamilton Island. Some take you to Reefworld, others to both Reefworld and Whitehaven Beach.
After much thought we decided on the Heart Reef and Whitehaven Stopover and it didn’t disappoint. In this tour you start with a scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier reef including flying over Heart Reef, Reef world, then you get to see Whitehaven Beach from a different perspective. Flying over Hill’s inlet before landing on the beach and having a lovely picnic for two on the beach, halfway between the busier southern end and Hill’s Inlet.
Hamilton Island Air picnic is lovely with an assortment of fruit, cheese and biscuits and muffins. Some cold water and a lovely bottle of champagne.
After our pilot set up the picnic for us, he wandered off leaving us alone on the secluded beach.
After about an hour on the beach we travelled back to Hamilton Island with a memory card full of images.
If you ever get a chance to take a Helicopter flight out of Hamilton Island I recommend the Whitehaven Beach stopover.