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The Whitsundays – Heart of the Great Barrier Reef 


Located in the heart of the World Heritage listed icon, The Whitsundays offers the perfect tropical setting for your next holiday. With 74 islands to explore, award winning beaches including the world famous Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, charming coastal towns, picturesque hinterland dotted with waterfalls and lakes and historic country towns and protected rainforest, the natural attractions of the Whitsundays offers a diverse range of experiences.

With more to explore, your biggest decision will be how to fit it all in!

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Airlie Beach Festival of Music

Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the Airlie Beach Festival of Music is set in the most beautiful tropical waterfront location in Australia. The main stage sits on the magic shores of the Coral Sea and festival goers can see three main concerts and over 200 musicians performing in the many quaint bars and beach-side venues. Featuring internationally and nationally recognised musicians, headline acts include Leo Sayer, Kate Ceberano, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Shannon Noll, The Baby Animals and Sneaky Sound System to name just a few! The festival also hosts the winners of the nationally run Battle of the Bands competition. The whole of Airlie Beach town turns on the northern charm for a perfect party weekend in paradise.


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Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet 

The sparkling, pristine Whitehaven Beach is often voted one of the top beaches in Australia and, indeed, the world. The 7km of pure white, silica sand stretching into the distance will take your breath away! Whether you want to lay on the beach and soak up the stunning scenery, snorkel and swim in the crystal clear water, or venture deeper into the bushland bordering the beach for a walk, Whitehaven Beach is a ‘must-see’ when you are visiting the Whitsundays.
At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, a stunning, swirling fusion of colours created by the sand meeting the sea as the tide comes in and out of the inlet. Best seen from the viewing platform where the swirling pattern can be seen in its entirety, most tours to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet also incorporate a walk along the bush trail that leads to the lookout.


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Sailing

If you are a sailing enthusiast or you just want to try it out, sailing in the Whitsundays is an adventure in paradise. Experience pristine islands and be invigorated by the sea air as you sail, swim, snorkel and dive in this amazing aquatic playground.


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Snorkelling and Diving 

The Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef are known for having some of the best diving and snorkelling locations in the world and visitors flock to the region to experience the stunning coral gardens. In the Whitsundays, you can swim with an abundance of marine life including turtles and manta rays, and many different species of fish including parrot fish, sweetlip and red emperor. Keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of Whitsundays celebrity, Elvis - a Humphead Maori Wrasse, who is thought to be about 50 years old! - and of course the shy clown fish or ‘Nemo’, who hides in sea anemones.


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Airlie Beach 

Situated on the coast with the stunning mountainous backdrop of Conway National Park, Airlie Beach is a cosmopolitan town with a variety of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.You can chill out at the renowned Airlie Lagoon during the day and enjoy the famed nightlife when the sun goes down. A choice of four beaches means there’s always somewhere to ‘get lost’ and you can enjoy a gentle stroll along the Bicentennial Boardwalk. Make sure you also sample the excellent dining options available.


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Proserpine

Proserpine sits in a fertile basin dominated by swaying cane fields and stunning valley views. The town maintains its old-fashioned charm with its Art Deco architecture and friendly, laid-back hospitality. Enjoy a counter meal with the locals at any one of the four pubs lining the main street and if you’re very lucky, they might take you fishing on Lake Proserpine in search of the iconic barramundi.


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Bowen

In the north of the Whitsundays, delights visitors with its gentle charm. There are eight beautiful beaches surrounding the town where you can walk, fossick, swim and snorkel, with some fringing reefs just metres from the beach. The region is also known for its abundant fruit and vegetables.Nicknamed the ‘salad bowl of the north’, Bowen and the surrounding districts produce mangoes, tomatoes, corn, capsicum, melons, beans, pumpkin and limes. There is also a plentiful supply of wild-caught seafood, available fresh every day off the boats as they come into the marina.


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Collinsville

Driving inland from the coast you arrive at Collinsville, a small outback town that makes up for its size with its huge country welcome! Built on mining, the town celebrates this with its Coalface Experience, a fascinating look at life underground for the many miners who have worked there their whole lives. Stop by the Pit Pony monument for a photo and have a drink or a meal at the Pit Pony Tavern – the locals are always willing to share their stories with you.


 

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