Whitehaven Beach is a pristine, the most beautiful beach in the world, unspoiled, and is the the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays.
Whitehaven Beach regarded as Queensland’s Most Beautiful Beach and one of the top 10 beaches in the world, recently was ranked as the number 7 beach in the world.
The beach was award Queensland’s Cleanest Beach in Keep Australia Beautiful’s 2008 Clean Beach Challenge State Awards. In July 2010, Whitehaven Beach was named the top Eco Friendly Beach in the world by CNN.com.
The beach was named and discovered in 1879 by Staff Commander EP Bedwell. Being one of the many names from the then English county of Cumberland Bedwell .
Whitehaven Beach is known for its white sands that is among the purest in the world. The sand consists of 98% pure silica which gives it a bright white color that stretches over seven kilometres along Whitsunday Island.
Its origin is not known definitely but geologists say it does not have a local origin as rocks of the Whitsunday area are quartz-poor, do not contain silica. The sands have might been brought to the beach as a result of a longshore drift system which brings sand from the south along the Queensland coast, over millions of years.
At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, is also home of the swirling sands, a stunning inlet where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a beautiful fusion of colours and the most spectacular view of Whitehaven Beach as well as historical and wildlife information on display. The lookout at Tongue Point is the best spot from which to view the swirling sands of Hill Inlet.
Whitehaven Beach is like the most flawless gem in the necklace of the gods: perfect, naturally breathtaking and a true gift of nature. It’s a haven on earth.
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