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Whitsunday Islands

The Australian Tourism Board were right to choose this cluster of tropical islands as the face of Australian tourism, as they are as idyllic as they come.

When people dream of the white-sand beaches of northern Australia, it’s probably this group of islands that have inspired them. Rising from the turquoise waters just off the coast of Queensland’s central coast, the Whitsunday Islands are an idyllic tropical escape. They are considered one of the best destinations in the world for sailing holidays, and are located in the Coral Seabetween the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland's tropical north coast. 

The Whitsundays is comprised of 74 separate islands. A handful of these have townships and resorts while many are completely unspoiled. Take the family to Hamilton Island which has a major resort and plenty of activities, while nearby Hayman is perfect if you are looking for a more exclusive experience. If you are the adventurous type, consider chartering a yacht for a few days and explore the islands at your leisure.

Bring your snorkel to come face to face with the tropical fish and colourful coral beneath the surface of the Coral Sea. Dive operators are based out of Hamilton Island and offer experiences tailored to all experience levels. While boating is a great way to reach the more remote parts of the island group, swimming straight off the shore is one of the most popular activities in the region.

Take a day trip to Whitehaven Beach to witness the bright, white sand that stretches for nearly 7 kilometers (4 miles). The rainforest that runs almost to the shore of most islands offers excellent hikes, and the view from Whitsunday Peak on the main island is breathtaking.

The Whitsunday Islands remain warm year round, making it a popular destination in winter for visitors from the south of Australia. Airports on Hamilton Island and at Proserpine on the mainland service the islands. Regular charter boats and ferries run between Airlie Beach – the gateway to the islands – and Hamilton Island. Once on the islands boats can be hired or chartered to move amongst them.


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Whitsunday Apartments AU$278
Whitsunday Apartments

Whitsunday Apartments

14 Resort Drive, Hamilton Island
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 1,626 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Offering direct access to the beach, this Hamilton Island apartment building is in a national park and within a 10-minute walk of Catseye Beach and WILD LIFE Hamilton Island. Hamilton Island Marina and Coral Sea are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Reef View Hotel AU$355
    Reef View Hotel

    Reef View Hotel

    12 Resort Drive, Hamilton Island
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 1,013 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Reef View Hotel overlooks Catseye Beach and the reef on Hamilton Island. Hamilton Island Marina is a 10-minute walk, and there’s a free shuttle to the airport, a 5-minute drive. Bars, restaurants, the beach, and Hamilton Island Yacht Club are all within easy walking distance.

      Palm Bungalows AU$382
      Palm Bungalows

      Palm Bungalows

      3 Resort Drive, Hamilton Island
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 287 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Hamilton Island resort is located near the airport, just steps from Catseye Beach and WILD LIFE Hamilton Island. Hamilton Island Marina and Coral Sea are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Palm Bay Resort
        Palm Bay Resort

        Palm Bay Resort

        Palm Bay Resort, Long Island
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 73 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Nestled on the beach, this Long Island apartment building is in a national park and 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Palm Bay Beach.

          Beach Club AU$691
          Beach Club

          Beach Club

          9 Resort Drive, Hamilton Island
             
            4.7
            of 5, from 177 reviews
            4.5 out of 5.0

            Located in Hamilton Island, this beachfront resort is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Catseye Beach and WILD LIFE Hamilton Island. Hamilton Island Marina and Coral Sea are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            InterContinental Hayman Island Resort
            InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

            InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

            Hayman Island, Hayman Island
               
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Nestled on the beach, this Hayman Island resort is within minutes of Hayman Island Reef, Whitsunday Lookout, and Cook Lookout. Nearby attractions also include Dolphin Point Lookout.

              Hamilton Island Holiday Homes
              Hamilton Island Holiday Homes

              Hamilton Island Holiday Homes

              Hamilton Island, Hamilton Island
                 
                3.9
                of 5, from 17 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Hamilton Island, this spa vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Marina. Hamilton Island Golf Club is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away.

                Daydream Island Resort
                Daydream Island Resort

                Daydream Island Resort

                Whitsunday Islands, Daydream Island
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  Nestled on the beach, this Daydream Island resort is steps from Daydream Reef, Daydream Port, and Daydream Beach.