The Whitsundays: Did you know?
Getting around The Whitsundays
- The Whitsundays is the largest group of offshore islands in Australia.
- There are 74 Islands in the Whitsundays of which only four have operating resorts.
- The Whitsundays is 70% National Park.
- The average water temperature in the Whitsundays is 26 degrees.
- The blue colour of the water in the Whitsundays is caused by fine particles of suspended siliceous sediment reflecting light.
- The Whitsundays are situated on the same latitude as Rio de Janeiro and Tahiti, and enjoys a tropical climate with an average of 274 sunny days per year.
- The Whitsunday islands are an important calving ground for humpback whales between May and September each year.
Navigate your way around the Whitsundays
and the islands by island boat transfers, sailing
, scenic flights, day tours and road trips.
Whitehaven Beach Facts
- Whitehaven Beach is a 7km stretch of 98% pure white silica sand.
- Even Geologists cannot be sure where the Silica sand on Whitehaven Beach comes from although there are several unproven theories. One theory even includes a sunken volcano.
- Whitehaven Beach is classed as one of the top five beaches in the world.
- The fine sand particles are also great for polishing jewellery (not so great for cameras though!).
Whitehaven Beach bragging rights:
- It is the most photographed beach in Australia. Tag your Whitsunday photos with #lovewhitsundays & #thisisqueensland. You’ll need #nofilter!
- Best Beach in the South Pacific - 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards
- Best Beach in the South Pacific and Top 5 of the world's best beaches - 2014 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards
- Best Beach in Australia and Top 3 of the world's best beaches - 2013 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards
- Cnn.com named world's top eco-friendly beach - 2010