Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach, I must say are by far the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been to. Whitehaven Beach is part of the Whitsunday Islands. For those of you who have never heard of The Whitsunday Islands, they are small islands (about 74) off the northern coast of Queensland, Australia.
There are multiple ways to get to the Whitsunday Islands. I flew into Prosperpine Airport (PPP) and then from there, you can book a shuttle. I used the shuttle company called “Whitsundays To Everywhere.” It is $32 AUD round trip and the shuttle takes you from the Prosperpine airport into Airlie Beach, which is maybe about 45 minutes. Then you call 24 hrs before you fly out to book your pick up shuttle to take you back to the airport. Great service!
Once you get into Airlie Beach, there are a lot of bars/restaurants on Main Street, so you will want to stay somewhere close by there. There are boats that do day trips out to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. I have taken a few different boat tours and the one that has by far been the best is “Ocean Rafting” (@oceanrafting). The full day tour is $155AUD plus $10AUD for lunch that will be provided to you on Whitehaven Beach.
This is the only tour that will allow you to actually walk down through Hill Inlet, and they time it perfectly so you can see Hill Inlet at low/medium tide.
There are multiple tours you can book through Ocean Rafting. I did the Southern Lights tour, which is a full day from 9am-5pm. They pick you up from your accommodation in Airlie Beach and then take you down to the marina where you will check in, get your snorkel gear/wetsuit before taking off for the day. The Southern Lights tour is the tour that gives you more beach time versus more snorkel time, so which tour you book would depend on what you prefer.
First, you are taken to a snorkel spot in the morning, which you would be there for about one hour. It isn’t mandatory that you snorkel, however, you are snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef; this is something you don’t want to miss out on!! The reef isn’t looking the same since the cyclone that hit, they said it should take a minimum of about 6 months before the cloudiness of the reef goes away.
After snorkeling, you are taken to Hill Inlet Lookout. This is about a 1km bush walk up to the lookout, which, as you can see, is completely worth it. From there, you are able to walk down onto the inlet (which no other tours allow you to do). You are then taken to Whitehaven Beach. Whitehaven Beach is made up of mostly silica, the water is completely CLEAR, and it is complete bliss. If you are looking for your next trip to plan…well, I think I’ve found it for you!