Where is it?  East coast of Whitsunday Island, the largest island in the group offshore from Airlie Beach, between Rockhampton and Mackay

How to see it for yourself?

Access to Whitsunday Island, one of the undeveloped islands in the group that forms the Whitsunday Islands National Park, is usually by boat from Airlie Beach/Shute Harbour or via one of the other island resorts, but there are helicopter/seaplane joy flights if you want to see

it from the air like this. The Whitsundays offer a range of accommodation options from camping to qualia, Hamilton Island’s luxury resort, but the perfect way to experience the islands, reefs and the swirling turquoise water and pure white sands of Hill Inlet is on your own yacht – look into skippered or bareboat hires. You can anchor overnight at Tongue Bay (at the left of this picture), and walk up to a lookout at Tongue Point for a view over the inlet. Visit at low tide to see the best patterns. Whitehaven Beach stretches 7km south from Hill Inlet and is also worth pointing a camera at: it’s one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, boasting sand of such purity you could make optical glass from it.

Why I love it

“Great swirls of pure white silica sand sweep and curl through crystal clear waters. The patterns, like those of a kaleidoscope, are everchanging; churned by a moving shaft of silica out to sea. This, to me, is one of the most beautiful locations on the planet.” – Ken Duncan

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