Whitsunday Islands

Travel Guide
Hamilton Island Marina featuring a bay or harbour, boating and landscape views

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.

Where to stay in Whitsunday Islands

Reef View Hotel
Reef View Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is AU$389 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
Located in Whitsundays, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Catseye Beach, Hamilton Island Marina and Hamilton Island Golf ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (985 reviews)
"Fantastic"

Reviewed on 23 Oct. 2021

Reef View Hotel
Daydream Island Resort
Daydream Island Resort
4.5 out of 5
The price is AU$425 per night from 29 Nov. to 29 Nov.
Nestled on the beach, this Daydream Island resort is steps away from Daydream Beach, Daydream Port and Daydream Reef.
3.6/5 Good! (191 reviews)
"The Resort is stunning and the staff are all extremely accommodating. But the restaurants and bars a grossly understaffed the wait times are beyond pathetic."

Reviewed on 20 Nov. 2021

Daydream Island Resort
InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$884 per night from 1 Dec. to 1 Dec.
Located in Whitsundays, this beachfront hotel is in a national park, just steps away from Coral Sea and Hayman Island Reef.
4.4/5 Wonderful! (53 reviews)
"This is a bucket list experience! Incredible resort, fantastic staff that go above and beyond. We swam everyday and it was in the middle of winter. Absolutely pristine environment. I am in love!"

Reviewed on 13 Jul. 2021

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, an IHG Hotel
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Whitsunday Apartments
Whitsunday Apartments
4 out of 5
With direct access to the beach, this Whitsundays aparthotel is in a national park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Catseye Beach, Hamilton Island Marina and Hamilton ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,107 reviews)
"Clean room with a great view"

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2021

Whitsunday Apartments
Hamilton Island Holiday Homes
Hamilton Island Holiday Homes
3 out of 5
This family-friendly Whitsundays holiday home is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Marina. Hamilton Island ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (31 reviews)
"Beautiful view Beautiful wildlife Will be coming back"

Reviewed on 16 Oct. 2020

Hamilton Island Holiday Homes
COMPASS PT 5 - HAMILTON ISLAND - GREAT BARRIER REEF - WHITSUNDAYS - WHITEHAVEN
COMPASS PT 5 - HAMILTON ISLAND - GREAT BARRIER REEF - WHITSUNDAYS - WHITEHAVEN
This family-friendly Whitsundays villa is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Catseye Beach and WILD LIFE Hamilton Island. Hamilton Island Marina ...
5/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Great spot on Hamilton
"Lovely views from deck. Spacious villa & good location. Great to have a buggy included."

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2021

COMPASS PT 5 - HAMILTON ISLAND - GREAT BARRIER REEF - WHITSUNDAYS - WHITEHAVEN
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