Some years ago, I was on a photo shoot in Florida, USA looking for beautiful beach images for a book on America. While I followed the coast for days checking out possible sites, the local radio station kept promoting Florida as “the place with the world’s best beaches”.
Every time I heard that huge statement, I thought, “these people need to get out more!”. Some of their beaches are nice, but compared to Australia – well, there really is no comparison. Now I don’t want to sound like a galah but when it comes to beaches, Australia did exceptionally well in the draw.
Australia has so many beaches we could loan a few to other countries and still have thousands to play on. Our island paradise has all types of beaches. We have sand, coral, pebbles, shells, squeaky, golden, white, red, grey and many more shades and textures between.
I would love to share with you just a few magnificent Australian beach locations on islands off our eastern coast that really make my heart sing. Each one has its own unique character. Each of these locations could be captioned with one of my favourite quotes: Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.
Let’s start with some national treasures from Whitsunday Island off Airlie Beach in Queensland.
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet on Whitsunday Island are among my favourite places on earth. The sand at both locations is practically pure silica. In bright sunlight it is such a radiant white you will definitely need sunglasses. You will also need plenty of sunscreen – be sure you apply it well to combat reflected as well as direct light.
The walk down Whitehaven Beach to Hill Inlet at its western end looks deceptively short, but in fact the beach is over six kilometres long. On a clear day, it just doesn’t get any better than this place for swimming. Big waves are rarely a problem, as Whitsunday Island is protected by the Great Barrier Reef. One of the best ways to enjoy this location is onboard a yacht – then you get to stay when most visitors have left for the day.