Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Whitehaven Beach is a 7 km widen along Whitsunday Island. The island is easy to get to by boat from the mainland tourist harbours of Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour, as well as Hamilton Island. The Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim is a 2 km open swimming contest held on the Beach in November each year as division of the Hamilton Island Triathlon occasion. The 2012 event was held on 11 November 2012.
The beach was honoured Queensland’s Cleanest Beach in Keep Australia Beautiful’s 2008 Clean Beach Challenge State Awards. In July 2010, Whitehaven Beach was also called as the top Eco Friendly Beach in the world by CNN.com. Dogs are not authorized on the beach and cigarette smoking is banned.
Whitehaven Beach is recognizing for its white sands. The sand consists of 98% clean silica which gives it a light white color. Local rocks do not have silica so it has been advised that the sands were brought to the beach via prevailing sea currents over millions of years.