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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$424
Reviewed on 13 Dec. 2019
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Whitsunday Apartments

Whitsunday Apartments

14 Resort Drive, Hamilton Island, QLD
     
    4.4 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    The view was amazing and the staff very helpful. The rooms were very comfortable with everything you need.

    Daydream Island Resort AU$335
    Reviewed on 9 Dec. 2019
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    Daydream Island Resort

    Daydream Island Resort

    Whitsunday Islands, Daydream Island, QLD
       
      3.1 of 5
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      The resort has a nice relaxed feel to it. As it continues is journey of recovery after the cyclones you can see that further develop and focus on the little things that will further enhance the property over time. The staff were friendly, engaging and attentive which is always a nice thing.

      Reef View Hotel AU$390
      Reviewed on 13 Dec. 2019
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      Reef View Hotel

      Reef View Hotel

      12 Resort Drive, Hamilton Island, QLD
         
        4.3 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Excellent location, perfect for the reef. Hotel is a little tired but you spend little time in the room. Great beach and resturant options

        InterContinental Hayman Island Resort AU$468
        Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2019
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        InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

        InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

        Hayman Island, Hayman Island, QLD
           
          4.6 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nice resort. Best pools. will go again. Recommended.

          Palm Bungalows AU$530
          Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2019
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          Palm Bungalows

          Palm Bungalows

          3 Resort Drive, Hamilton Island, QLD
             
            4.4 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            It was really nice and clean. Housekeeping was doing there job really well. The thing I didn’t like is that kitchen is right next to bed and it’s not separated from the bed.

            Palm Bay Resort
            Reviewed on 11 Dec. 2019
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            Palm Bay Resort

            Palm Bay Resort

            Palm Bay Resort, Whitsundays, Long Island, QLD
               
              4.6 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              I like that it away from everything else. Kind of secluded

              Beach Club AU$770
              Reviewed on 25 Nov. 2019
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              Beach Club

              Beach Club

              9 Resort Drive, Hamilton Island, QLD
                 
                4.8 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                It was a magical experience. From collection from the marina, a very warm welcome, amazing pool, fabulous food and the best service from staff I have ever experienced. Thoroughly recommend this lovely hotel.

                Hamilton Island Holiday Homes
                Reviewed on 10 Nov. 2019
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                Hamilton Island Holiday Homes

                Hamilton Island Holiday Homes

                Hamilton Island, Hamilton Island, QLD
                   
                  3.9 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Fabulous stay. Professional service on arrival that made everything so easy. Will definitely be coming back.

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