Bordered by the Great Barrier Reef and cradled by the calm waters of the Coral Sea, the Whitsunday Islands lay midway along Australia’s Queensland coast.
This region spans from the beautiful beaches of Bowen in Northern Queensland to the cane fields and sugar mills of inland Proserpine to the gorgeous golf greens of Laguna Whitsunday’s in the south. The Whitsunday’s 74 islands – only eight of which are inhabited – are surrounded by one of the world’s seven natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef.
There are plenty of amazing things to see and do around the Whitsunday’s. Whether you’re in the mood for something relaxing, action-packed or guided, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes.
You’ll be amazed at the beauty of this idyllic region. Visit one of the several luxurious island resorts where you can sip cocktails by the pool, bask in the sun or sail between the Whitsunday islands and make sure to visit Whitehaven Beach where the colours of pure silica sands and crystal clear water blend and swirl with the movement of the tide’it’s truly amazing.
Island and Beaches
Airlie Beach: Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsundays, Queensland’s pristine 74 islands. Airlie Beach is the epitome of a beach town; you’ll instantly feel the carefree and relaxed attitude emanating from every space. Airlie Beach is surrounded by several small communities: Bowen to the north, Shute Harbour to the west and Abel Point Marina to the east. Bowen is renowned for its impeccable beaches, while Shute Harbour is the departure point for the island ferries and Abel Point Marina is home to many of the cruising yachts.
Hayman Island: Hayman Island is located in the beautiful Whitsundays Australia just off the Queensland coast, and home to Hayman Island Resort, one of the world’s finest resorts. Hayman Island is the epitome of a tropical paradise. Hayman is ideal for all visitors, from romantic couples to families seeking an upmarket resort.
Hamilton Island: Perfectly situated in The Great Barrier Reef, amongst the 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention.
Whitehaven Beach: Whitehaven Beach is on the southeastern side of Whitsunday Island, in the central Whitsundays Islands Group. The beach is about 6km long from end to end and forms a small bay at its southern end. Whitehaven Beach receives sand from a geological anomaly in the waters at the centre of the bay it forms. The sand is very fine and 98% pure silica. It has a brilliant white appearance and almost a powdery consistency. Many people polish their jewelry in the sand by rubbing it gently back and forth in the dry sand areas. Whitehaven Beach is one of the top reasons visitors come to the Whitsunday Islands.
This beautiful region of Australia is suited to everyone whether you are honeymooners from Albuquerque, retirees from Tampa, or a family from Regina Canada the beautiful Whitsunday Islands has you covered.
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