What’s the Whitest Beach in Australia?

Lucky Bay

Australia is lucky to have a multitude of amazing beaches, nearly all with soft golden sand, perfect for walking along or stretching a towel out upon. But even more stunning are the beaches where the sand is a pristine white, some of which have been proclaimed to have the whitest sand in the world and definitely require sunglasses for viewing! And there’s not just one beach, but multiple scattered around the country that all vie for this honour. But what is the whitest beach in Australia?

Hyams Beach, NSW?

Hyams Beach, one of the whitest beaches in Australia

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Located just under 3 hours south of Sydney, Hyams Beach is a beautiful white sand beach on the stunning waters of Jervis Bay. It won the Guinness World Record in 2006 for the “whitest beach”, who certainly have good authority at judging records!

Hyams Beach is best enjoyed on a weekend trip from Sydney, or head down mid-week outside of holiday time to escape the summer crowds. Stay in either a local cottage or camp in the nearby Booderee National Park. The waters here are lovely and calm due to being on a bay. Keep a look out for the local dolphins, who you may even be able to hear underwater, or else head out on a dolphin cruise or whale cruise around the bay. Snorkelling, diving and other water sports are also available. Find out more about visiting the area here. And dogs are allowed, as long as they are kept on a leash.

Whitehaven Beach, Queensland?

Whitehaven Beach, white sand beach Australia.

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Whitehaven Beach is located on Whitsunday Island, just over halfway up the long Queensland coast. Although it hasn’t been the recipient of any world records, Queenslanders declare its their whitest and the whitest beach in all of Australia, with the stunningly white sand consisting of 98% silica, which also makes it cool underfoot. And it was named South Pacific’s Best Beach by the 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Whitehaven Beach is accessible from both Airlie Beach, on the mainland, and the many resorts of Hamilton Island. It’s 7km long, meaning there’s plenty of room to find a patch to call your own. And just you try to resist a swim in the beautiful aqua waters that laps upon the squeaky white sand… Find out how to visit here.

Lucky Bay, WA?

Lucky Bay, one of the whitest beaches in Australia

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However, if we take the scientific brains at the National Committee on Soil and Terrain as the best authority (and you would think they would be!) the whitest beach in Australia, narrowly beating out both Hyams Beach and Whitehaven Beach, is actually Lucky Bay, on the southern coast of Western Australia. The judging process involved samples from the top 10cm of the active beach zones being compared, with  Lucky Bay winning both times the title has been contested, firstly in 2006 and then in 2008.

Located just outside of Esperance, even on a cloudy day in the middle of winter I can assure you the sand of Lucky Bay is dazzlingly white. You can also usually camp just off the beach, although the campground is currently closed. Find out more here.

Do you agree that Lucky Bay is the whitest beach in Australia? Or do you think Hyams Beach, Whitehaven Beach or another beach is whiter? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Reply
    Tobias Haefliger
    March 23, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Whitehaven Beach

    • Reply
      March 24, 2016 at 9:04 am

      I still haven’t visited Whitehaven in person – would love to do it one day!

  • Reply
    October 15, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Bias opinion as i work in the Whitsundays …. Whitehaven beach defiantly is in a league of its own ( even tho its not the whitest) 🙂

    • Reply
      October 20, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks Nathan! I definitely should finally visit it, when I get back to Australia!

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