The Whitsundays are located off the Queensland coast near Airlie Beach, some 300km southeast of Townsville. The group of 74 islands scattered in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is a spectacular holiday destination of profound beauty.
Resort accommodation is restricted to 7 of the islands including Daydream, Hamilton, South Molle, Hook, Long, Hayman and Lindeman Islands. Camping is permitted on several islands, the most popular spots being Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island and Maureen’s Cove on Hook Island. Permits are required and can be obtained from Queensland Parks and Wildlife on 131304 or online at www.qld.gov.au/camping.
Access to the islands from Airlie Beach offers many choices. There are many tour operators offering day trips, accommodation packages, dive and snorkel cruises, sailing and much more. There are some great deals available incorporating several islands so you can experience more of the Whitsundays. Some of you may prefer to pick just one island and enjoy pure relaxation.
Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island is absolutely stunning. With pristine pure white silica sand and brilliant blue water the scenery is breathtaking. This beach is definitely up with some of the best on offer in Australia. Its remoteness and serenity compliments the scenery superbly. Many of the boat cruises anchor here for a couple of hours and leave you to enjoy this magnificent beach at your leisure.
Hook Island is a popular snorkelling and diving destination as there is plenty of coral reef in the area. Glass-bottom boat tours also operate from here and are often included in tour packages. The island has a laid back wilderness resort and is the perfect casual atmosphere away from the larger and busier resorts.
Daydream Island is at the other end of the scale, the enormous resort covers the majority of the island. A trip to Daydream involves making use of the resort facilities, eating, drinking, swimming and sunbaking. The resort has numerous pools, swim-up bar, bars and restaurants, shops and plenty of beach and pool lounges to relax on. Many water activities are available such as jetskiing, paddle skiing, diving and snorkelling. The resort also has a 19 hole mini golf course, each hole representing an Aussie destination or icon. This fabulous resort has something for everyone.
The prestigious Hayman Island
offers a private and secluded resort recognised as one of the most luxurious in the country. Award winning Hayman is well known for its lavish resort overlooking the Coral Sea and 5-star service. Hayman Island has a magical appeal with multiple awards to support it.
Hamilton Island is another island worthy of note. This island is more like a bustling town than an island, with numerous restaurants, bars and cafes, retail shops, marina, golf course, wildlife park and a variety of accommodation ranging from bungalows and apartments to holiday homes and resorts. Everything is at your fingertips on Hamilton Island.
The Whitsundays is pure paradise. Whether you choose to live it up in a resort, camp by the beach or cruise the islands on a day trip you’ll most certainly be impressed and thoroughly enjoy your time in the Whitsundays.
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