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Whitehaven Beach is an impressive 6 km long and can be reached by boat from Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour, or Hamilton Island. Located in the Great Barrier Reef, transport to the beach requires a boat or seaplane. The latter is recommended to see the true scale of the area and to see the contrasting white beaches against the turquoise water of the reef.
The beach was awarded Queensland's Cleanest Beach in 2008 and in 2010, CNN.com named it the top Eco Friendly Beach in the world. Whitehaven is also considered to be one of the best beaches in the whole of Australia by Australians and regularly features in top 10 lists of the best beaches in the world.
Whitehaven Beach receives its fame because of the pure white sand which is actually 98% pure silica coupled with its location in the the Great Barrier Reef.
The beach is located on Whitsunday Island. Hill Inlet at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is a beautiful cove consisting of rich colours. A walk to a lookout nearby gives spectacular views of both Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet.
Whitsunday Island is a national park and is kept in pristine condition. This means no accomodation or shops, with only necessary bathroom facilities. There are a number of transport options to the island including ferries, yachts, seaplanes, and helicopters. A variety of companies offer day trips and/or overnight charters to the beach from nearby Hamilton Island, and on the Australian mainland at Shute Harbour or Airlie Beach.