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Life’s a beach in the Whitsundays!

7 September 2016

As we all know, travelling to a new destination is full of excitement and adventure. If you are visiting the Whitsundays for a wedding, function, event or just a holiday, then here is Lure’s pick of the best beaches to visit and why.

To access some of those gorgeous locations you will need to hop on a boat, helicopter or sea-plane (oh what a shame, we hear you cry!) but all of them have something unique or quirky about them and are well worth a visit:

1. Shingley Beach – located adjacent to our home at Abell Point Marina and one of the beaches located on the bicentennial walkway from Cannonvale to Airlie Beach, Shingley beach is a real gem. With magnificent views of the southern end of the marina, calm waters, shaded areas and public BBQ facilities, we recommend you pack a picnic, relax under a tree and watch the world go by. A popular place for kayaks, outriggers and stand-up paddle board (SUP), you can also hire a SUP at Shingley beach and explore the shoreline and surrounds from an on-water perspective.

2. Whitehaven Beach – the Whitsunday icon that is Whitehaven beach is an absolute must see. The sand is 98% pure silica, this is what makes the sand gleaming white and soft to touch. Fly in via seaplane or helicopter or choose one of the day trips from Abell Point Marina, swim in the azure waters or write your name on the sand – get the cameras ready it will definitely be selfie time!

3. Langford Island – Langford Island has a coral sand cay stretching out from the island itself accessible mainly at low tide. Popular with sailors, divers and snorkelers Langford Island has some great fringing reef along the north-western side with a huge array of corals and reef fish. The sand spit itself makes for a beautiful stroll during the day and at times you will feel like the only person for miles around. Langford Island is part of the itinerary for many of the day trips departing from the Abell Point Marina or accessible via private charter.

4. Dingo Beach – a short drive from Airlie Beach is the township of Dingo Beach. With a swimming enclosure for the summer months, a vast stretch of golden sand, some great fishing opportunities and a shoreline abundant with shaded trees this is a great way to spend an afternoon and explore the Whitsunday mainland. There is a unique pub/bistro right on the beach, which serves great value meals and has live music at the weekends. This must be one of the only pubs in Queensland where you sit with the sand in your toes – relaxing and very quirky!

5. Blue Pearl Bay (Hayman Island) – whilst this beach requires you wear shoes, as it is mainly comprised of coral washed up on the shoreline, the beach at Blue Pearl Bay gives you access to some of the best snorkeling in the Whitsundays. Colourful parrot fish, sea turtles and soft and hard corals are in abundance, the resident giant Maori wrasse is guaranteed to pop up to say hello and if you are really lucky you might find Nemo hiding in an anemone! Day trips and overnight trips visiting this magical location depart daily from Abell Point Marina.

Enjoy the beach,

Team Lure

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