Whitehaven beach

1/200; f/11 (aperture priority); 65mm (97@35mm); ISO 200

The first thing we did upon landing on Hamilton Island was dump our luggage and then get straight back on the boat, which took us out to Whitsunday Island to spend the afternoon on the famous Whitehaven Beach. Unfortunately for us it was overcast and very windy that day (and the ride over was pretty rough too)!

Whitsunday Island is the largest of the Whitsunday islands and are named after Captain Cook’s Whitsunday Passage in 1770, which ironically took place on the Monday (there was an error in his time keeping!). Whitehaven Beach is a 7km strip of pure white sand, comprising 98% pure silica, situated on the east side of the island. The island is a protected site and has National Park status. The beach is only accessible by boat and nothing can be left behind after visiting. Over the years the beach has won multiple awards for its cleanness and beauty, and was determined the world’s top eco-friendly beach in 2010 by CNN.

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