Introduction to the Whitsundays

Get you camera ready kids because the Whitsundays is a tropical island dream brought to stunning reality. A destination where you’ll be dazzled by powdery white sands and sparkling turquoise waters magically found just off Queensland’s mid-north coast between Mackay and Townsville. It is here, suspended like jewels in the Coral Sea, that you’ll find an amazing 74 sundrenched islands not to mention the world famous Great Barrier Reef.

All the clichés and postcard-perfect images are on hand at the Whitsundays from swaying palm trees to soft white sand and clear blue water. With such idyllic surrounds, it’s no wonder the Whitsundays is a popular honeymoon destination or spot for a romantic getaway. It’s a locale where can you do as little or as much as you wish. Some of the islands boast exclusive luxury resorts with pampering spas, while others are peacefully deserted or protected national parks waiting to be explored.

The Whitsundays region includes the coastal town of Airlie Beach, which serves as the gateway to the islands and the area’s shopping, dining and entertainment hub. See the Whitsundays by seaplane or helicopter or go island hopping by yacht, catamaran or high-speed boat. Accommodation options range from 5-star resorts on select islands to an extensive selection of camping sites on every isle for the true adventurous castaway, as well as the relaxed backpacker options at Airlie Beach.

On the islands, Whitsundays Island is home to the world-famous Whitehaven Beach, Brampton Island is a wildlife wonderland and Daydream Island is the place for watersports. Hamilton Island offers a variety of accommodation and activities, while Hook Island draws divers and snorkellers for its coral reefs and aquatic life. Backpackers flock to South Molle Island for the natural sights, while the eco-friendly Long Island is also full of scenery and wildlife to enjoy. Not just for the rich and famous, whatever your budget or holiday style everyone can enjoy the Whitsundays.

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