Whitsunday Island is the largest island in the Whitsundays, and is part of the Whitsundays Islands National Park. There's no development on this wilderness island, no resort, no golf course, and no regular scheduled ferry service. What you will find are a few basic campsites, some hiking trails, an island of unspoilt and possibly the most stunningly beautiful beach in Tropical North Queensland, if not the world! A visit to Whitsunday Island is a must, whether as a day trip from Airlie Beach, or as part of a longer islands cruise.
The paradise of Whitsunday Island. The Ngaro people lived on Whitsunday and other surrounding Islands for many thousands of years. Captain Cook records seeing them while surveying the area in the 1700's. The island's landscape is one of tropical forest, but the highlight for visitors is magnificent Whitehaven Beach, on the island's east coast. This pristine expanse of pure white silica sand is undoubtedly the most beautiful beach in the region. Stretching more than nine kilometres, the talcum white sand is fringed by brilliant blue water on one side and lush tropical island on the other. It is not surprising that Whitehaven Beach is the most photographed beach in the Whitsundays. Take a walk to Hill Inlet at the northern end of the beach. At the right tide time, the view over Whitehaven Beach is magical. Be careful... it could take your breath away!

The sand of Whitehaven Beach is almost pure silica, 99.89 percent quartz. For a short time during the 1960's, this ultra fine white sand was actually mined and exported to Japan for the manufacture of fine glass products. Now, of course, the sand along with the rest of the island is protected as National Park.

Although Whitehaven Beach is undoubtedly what draws most visitors to the island, there's much more to this sprawling island than just one beach. On the western side of the island, there are three campsites at Cid Harbour, overlooking coral and pebble beaches. Dugong Beach is the nicest, sheltered under rainforest trees. It can be reached by a 20 minute walk along narrow hill paths from Sawmill Beach, once the site of a sawmill supplying high quality timber to the mainland.


Well, the attractions of Whitsunday Island are quite obvious. As for activities... well, anything that can be done on a deserted island can be done here. Whitsunday Island is a nature lovers' paradise. Swimming in the crystal blue waters, snorkelling, bushwalking, or just soaking up the sun. Tranquility, that's what you come to Whitsunday Island for. Campers love Whitsunday Island as there are sites for every mood from the beaches to the rainforest close to a fresh water creek. Bring a sea kayak, and you'll have the chance to further explore the island's secluded inlets, coves and bays.

Every year in late August, during the the annual Hamilton Island Race Week yachting festival, hundreds of yachts and thousands of people descend on normally tranquil Whitehaven Beach for what has become known as 'Whitehaven Day', the biggest beach party in the Southern Hemisphere. Check our TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND EVENTS CALENDAR if you want to be part of the next 'Whitehaven Day'.

Camira Sailing Adventure offers high speed sailing through the spectacular Whitsunday Islands, in Tropical North Queensland.Camira is one of the world's fastest catamarans and it's waiting for you in the gorgeous Whitsundays, in Tropical North Queensland.

24 The Cove Road, Port of Airlie (MAP)
Phone (07) 4846 7000


85ft of awesome fun!

Enjoy the famous Whitehaven Beach and Whitsunday Islands National Park on this full day excursion onboard Camira, one of the worlds fastest commercial sailing catamarans. Enjoy swimming, snorkelling, beautiful beaches and bays, a superb barbecue lunch plus the thrill of high-speed sailing.

Combine Whitehaven Beach with Daydream Island * Combine Whitehaven Beach with Hamilton Island * Whitehaven Beach Half Day Tour

Crystal clear waters and pristine white silica sand stretches for over seven kilometres along Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands. Wander along the beach to your own secluded stretch, laze on the beach or cool off in the azure waters

Ocean Rafting in the Whitsunday Islands, includes a visit to famous Whitehaven Beach.
One day reef trips. OCEAN RAFTING
Shingley Drive, Abell Point Marina North, Airlie Beach (MAP)
Phone (07) 4946 6848


The Whitsundays... three days in one!

Multi award winning Ocean Rafting visits the 'Wild Side' of the Whitsunday Islands, the uninhabited islands with beautiful natural scenery brimming with marine, bird and animal life. There are two exciting tour options, the Northern Exposure and Southern Lights. Each Ocean Rafting day offers three days in one, including an exhilarating ride to Whitehaven Beach, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Parks walks.

Ocean Rafting is the only tour to have direct access to the stunning and iconic Hill Inlet beach, and special snorkel sites at Hook Island and Border Island ensure a memorable underwater experience. The semi rigid inflatable vessels are super fast allowing guests to experience a fun ride, adventure and education amongst the natural beauty of the Whitsundays. 32 passengers at most allows for personal snorkelling lessons and the pleasure of a small group. Ocean Rafting is proud to be Advanced Ecotourism Certified.

Cannonvale, Airlie Beach
Phone (07) 4948 3711 / Fax (07) 4948 3733


ALL in one day!

Explore the Whitsunday Islands aboard the fabulously appointed cruise vessel 'Mantaray'. You will find everything aboard you need for a memorable day, plenty of space, large shaded deck area, easy access for all ages in and out of the water, unobstructed views all around the vessel, on board toilet & fresh water shower facilities.

Mantaray Charters visit the beautiful Whitsundays from Airlie Beach. Go diving and snorkelling at the best destinations the islands have to offer. You spend up to three hours at Whitehaven Beach and up to two hours at Mantaray Bay.

Mantaray's friendly and experienced crew will keep you informed all the way with a running commentary during the day. Go diving and snorkelling at the best destinations the islands have to offer under the watchful eye of their Master dive instructor.

Whitsunday Airport, Airlie Beach
Phone (07) 4946 9111 / Fax (07) 4946 9100
Along with their snorkelling tours to the reef, Air Whitsunday also provide day trips to island resorts, picnics at Whitehaven Beach, scenic flights with the added bonus of a water landing


If you are looking to spend your vacation surrounded by nature, welcome to Whitsunday Island. No resorts, no hotels or any other development in the island. There are three campsites at Cid Harbour on the western side of the island. For more information about camping in the Whitsundays Islands National Park, please CLICK HERE.


This one's pretty easy. You can eat whatever you bring! Bring fresh water, and a gas stove; open fires are prohibited.


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There are no regular ferry services to Whitsunday Island. Perhaps that's part of the charm of this wonderful wilderness. But getting to Whitsunday Island is no challenge. It's a popular destination on any number of cruises and scenic flights. Seaplanes can even land you in the shallow water right next to delightful Whitehaven Beach. Day trips depart a number of the surrounding islands, as well as Airlie Beach, all bound for Whitehaven Beach. For a comprehensive list of tours around Whitsunday Island, please go to our REEF TOURS, our OCEAN TOURS and our SCENIC FLIGHTS TOURS pages.

Pristine Whitehaven Beach, on Whitsunday Island, Tropical North Queensland. Two words. Para. Dise. And it is situated on the Whitsunday Islands, in Far North Queensland, Australia. The paradise of Whitsunday Island, in Tropical North Queensland.