Experiencing the Whitsunday Islands from the Air

Before I visited the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, the images that came to my mind were those of sailing from island to island (74 in total) whilst sipping on cold beers and eating the freshest seafood imaginable.

I envisioned dropping anchor in picturesque bays, diving over board to swim in the warm tranquil waters and digging my toes into the white powdery sand on some of the most amazing beaches in Australia.

Whilst the dream of visiting world famous Whitehaven Beach came true, I never imagined I would get to experience the Whitsunday Islands from above, in a helicopter.

But to get to our accommodation on Hayman Island, the northernmost inhabited island of the Whitsundays, one can either take a boat or, arrive in STYLE by helicopter like we did.

a helicopter on a landing pad

If you get the opportunity to experience flying over Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsunday Islands take it, you get a whole new perspective and even greater appreciation for how beautiful this part of Australia really is.

Unfortunately, it was an overcast day with a few light showers, but we did get the sun peaking its head out on occasion. The other challenging aspect of taking photos was the movement of the helicopter and shooting through the glass windows.

Helicopter Flight over the Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
Lorraine Murphy, Rosalie Coco and Caz.

But the beauty of this place left me in awe and I fell in love with Australia yet again. The following photographs will give you a glimpse into the experience to be had and showcase the beauty of the Whitsunday Islands from the air.

Whitsunday Islands from Above

We flew over many islands on the way to Hayman. I was hoping we’d get to see Heart Reef, but that’s for another scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef.

Instead we were able to see many other islands, including the star attraction, Whitehaven Beach. It’s just as beautiful as seeing it on the ground.

overview of a beach
overview of an island
overview of an island
overview of a river
Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
World Famous Whitehaven Beach – 7km of pure white paradise!
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
Looking towards Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach
an island
Awesome views of Whitehaven Beach
an island surrounded by water
an island
an island
An island in the middle of a body of water
a beach

Made it to Hayman Island.

woman standing in front of a helicopter

We felt like rock stars when we arrived on Hayman Island. Now this is the kind of life we’re looking for. The boat ride back from the island, while beautiful, was nowhere near is luxurious and dramatic.

We spent an evening at this beautiful family resort on Hayman Island, enjoying it’s exclusive beaches, stunning swimming pool and delicious food.

You can read more about Hayman Island here

Experience the Whitsunday Islands

Our helicopter flight was with Hamilton Island Air. They also offer a variety of scenic flights, particularly over Heart Reef and Hill Inlet / Whitehaven Beach.

Is the Whitsundays on your Aussie bucket list?

Disclaimer: we travellled to the Whitsunday Islands as guests of Tourism Queensland

More posts about Tropical North Queensland

You may also like

You may also like

About The Author

4 Powerful Ways to Travel More & Create Better Memories
Want to know how we've made a lifetime of travel for 24 years? Insider tips and updates! 
This is what gives us incredible memories to share around the campfire. Join our community for insider tips and updates!
Scroll to Top