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Whitehaven Beach Boasts Finest Sand

\Whitehaven Beach, Australia is blessed with pure, white sand that is unbelievably fine, making it the perfect travel destination for summer.

Aug 09, 2016 | By Shatricia Nair

Situated off the north-west coast of Queensland, Australia, Whitehaven Beach is seven kilometres of white, ultra-fine silica sand on the Whitesunday Islands. If you’re wondering what’s so special about this particular beach, it is that its sand has a surreal flour-light consistency. It is really impossible to explain this but working off the flour metaphor, go run your fingers through some fine flour and you’ll understand what the sand at Whitehaven Beach is like.

It comes as no surprise then, that the beach is protected by the Australian government. Tourists can access the islands via cruises, which usually stop by the award-winning beach for a few hours. If you fancy spending a longer period of time at the picturesque beach, camping is also an option at authorized areas. It would also be wise to bring your own water (at least five liters per person per day), as well as all your own camping gear plus oil or gas for cooking (fires are not permitted).

Though many activities are available there, its crystal-clear waters mean that snorkeling remains top of the must-do list. Jellyfish season begins November through May, however so extra precaution is necessary, though wetsuits are generally recommended regardless of time of the year. Also, for those in the north, remember this is the southern hemisphere so summer is in the middle of that jellyfish season.

Those who prefer an aerial view of the scenic beach and Great Barrier Reef can also charter flights via helicopter or seaplane over the archipelago. Though there wouldn’t be a lack of beautiful scenery, professional and amateur photographers will appreciate the not-so-secret Hill Inlet at the northern end of the beach. Bordered by a rainforest, the spot – like the lookout at Tongue Point – is perfect for capturing the snowy sand and turquoise sea.


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