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Whitsunday Islands

Known for Beaches, Family-friendly and Romantic

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.

How do you get to Whitsunday Islands?

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.

Activities in Whitsunday Islands

Stroll along this famous beach on Whitsunday Island to experience its dazzling white sands and gently lapping waters in different hues of blue and green.

Cruise in for a visit or begin your boating adventure in the Great Barrier Reef from this world-class marina and make use of its fantastic facilities and great dining.

Swim, stroll, try exciting watersports or simply recline under the shade of palm trees and enjoy the views from one of Hamilton Island’s main beaches.

Rise early and have breakfast with the koalas in this compact Australian wildlife park in the stunning Whitsunday Island region of Queensland.

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Enjoy a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef and spend your day at Reefworld to explore marine life. Experience this spacious reef pontoon and enjoy snorkeling, semi-submersible rides, presentations by marine biologists, and a delicious buffet lunch.

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Spend the whole day experiencing all the wonders of the magnificent Whitehaven Beach area. Indulge in the ultimate experience of Whitehaven Beach; from the Northern end exploring the spectacular Hill Inlet, to the Southern – swimming, hiking, sunbathing, soaking up the sun.

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Meet your skipper under the white umbrellas at the roundabout at Abell Point Marina North and prepare to board a magnificent tallship, where you have the opportunity to help set the sails, or just relax on deck. Sip a cup of morning tea and local pastries as you head across Pioneer Bay.

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Experience the wonders of the Whitsundays on this full day cruise on board Camira – our big purple catamaran! Sail through the azure blue waters of the Whitsunday Islands, walk to Hill Inlet, snorkel the inner reef and enjoy a sumptuous BBQ lunch.

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Soak up the sun at Australia's most photographed beach—Whitehaven. Cruise to beautiful Whitsunday Island, and spend a half-day walking along the dazzling white silica sand, swimming in the balmy waters of the Coral Sea, and taking in the spectacular scenery.

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OPEN WATER JETSKIING - CRUISE DAYDREAM AND SOUTH MOLLE ISLANDS - 2 HOURS JETSKIING A great tour for the more adventurous traveller who wants to maximise their time on the water.