Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia

  With more than seven kilometers of sand that is 98 percent pure silica, Whitehaven Beach is part of the Whitsunday Islands National Park. Whitehaven beach is the most beautiful beach in the Australian Continent. As part of the park's conservation policy, visitors to the Whitehaven have to register with a tour guide for access, and can stay only for a few hours. Thats one way it maintains its postcard-like perfection. Local conservation efforts here have been internationally applauded. In 2010, the beach won CNN's Most Eco Friendly Beach award.

   At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, a stunning cove where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a beautiful fusion of colours. As the tide shifts, the white silica sand and turquoise shades of the inlet blend seamlessly to create a breathtaking view of swirling Whitsunday colours.

   The weather on the Whitsunday Islands is sub tropical which makes it perfect for beach side holidays. The Whitsunday Islands lie on the same tropical latitude as Honolulu in the northern hemisphere and Mauritius in the south. The Whitsunday Islands have a year round warm tropical climate with an average temperature of 27.4 degrees Celsius. The maximum summer temperatures (December, January and February) are around 30 degrees Celsius and this is also when the highest rainfall is recorded, in the form of tropical showers which are typically brief. The maximum winter temperatures (June, July and August) are around 24-25 degrees (75°F). The high average temperatures makes the Whitsundays weather perfect for beach side holidays and suitable year round for swimming, waters sports and exploring the Great Barrier Reef.