Early this morning, just after sunrise we made our way to Whitsunday Island in order to reach Whitehaven Beach before the other tourist groups. We followed a bush walk that at first lead us through the Whitsunday Island National Park area to an amazing viewpoint. The sight during the walk was absolutely restricted through all the plants growing on the sides of the path and so the moment when it all suddenly opened up and gave space to that massive view over Hill Inlet with it’s turquoise ocean and the incredibly white sand of Whitehaven Beach was thrilling. So many impressions, so much beauty at once. After taking a million photos, that all didn’t quite manage to do justice to how awesome it actually was we proceeded the walk down to the beach.
And even though we had already seen it from the viewpoint, even though we have already had this situation just a couple of minutes before, the moment when I stepped out on the deserted beach blew my mind all over again. The sand on Whitehaven Beach consists of 98% silica which gives it a bright white colour and makes it incredibly fine. So fine that you can scrub your skin, clean your teeth and even polish your jewelry with it.
I have tried it out and I can approve, it does work! But before that we first took a walk along the beach to explore this 7 km stretch of paradise. All the beauty around me was so much to take in , I literally felt like I was walking through the photo on a postcard. The first thing I realised is how comfortably chilly the sand felt, even though the sun was blaring down by now and how much the sand squeaks when making a step, both effects of the high percentage of silica.
When we finally went for a swim there was another highlight waiting to surprise us. Not only has the water a beautiful aquamarine colour and is a clean as you can only imagine. In the shallow areas of the water we could also see little Reef Sharks and Sting Rays basking in the sun. We could even get quite close to them, without them seeming to be bothered.
Without any doubt, Whitehaven Beach definitely deserves to be called Australia’s best beach and should be a must-visit on everyones trip to Australia.