Whitehaven Beach Facts
- Whitehaven Beach remains a spectacular 4.3 mi (7 km) stretch of the shoreline of Whitsunday Islands, Australia. The island is accessible by boat from the mainland tourist ports of Airlie Beach, Shute Harbor, and the upscale Hamilton Island.
- The beach was discovered in 1879, by Staff Commander EP Bedwell who also gave the beach its name. This was one of the many names from the British county of Cumberland that Bedwell brought to the area. It was James Cook who gave the Cumberland island group its name, in 1770.
Whitehaven Beach Geography
This phenomenally beautiful beach is well famous for its white sands which consists of 98% pure silica giving the beach a bright white color. Unlike regular sand, the sand on Whitehaven Beach does not retain heat. This makes it pleasantly comfortable enough to walk barefoot on a hot day. We tried and tested it.
Whitehaven Beach Distinctiveness
The geology of the island itself shows little or no trace of silica. Thus the sands most likely came to the beach via prevailing sea currents. This has likely occurred over a period of several million years.
The sand of Whitehaven Beach is also extremely fine. This means that it can damage electronic equipment such as telephones and cameras. It is, however, extremely useful for polishing fine jewelry.
Whitehaven Beach Preservation Efforts
In 2008, the beach gained worldwide fame as the cleanest beach in Queensland, Australia, per Keep Australia Beautiful. This was part of the Clean Beach Challenge State Awards.
In July 2010, CNN.com named the beach the number one Eco-Friendly beach in the world. Dogs are not permitted there and cigarette smoking is prohibited.