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Whitsunday Islands

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.

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.


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Whitsunday Apartments £161
Reviewed on 17 Apr 2019
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Whitsunday Apartments

Whitsunday Apartments

14 Resort Drive, Hamilton Island, QLD
     
    4.4 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Outstanding views. Great location. Shame about the building work in front of the east block.

    Reef View Hotel £193
    Reviewed on 6 Apr 2019
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    Reef View Hotel

    Reef View Hotel

    12 Resort Drive, Hamilton Island, QLD
       
      4.3 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      We loved where it was located very close to everything. The staff were great and very friendly. What we didn't love was the lounge suite and chairs where the zips were broken, for the price it should be all new. Also didn't like the bad meal we had on Thursday night. Every other day the food was ...

      Palm Bay Resort
      Reviewed on 8 Apr 2019
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      Palm Bay Resort

      Palm Bay Resort

      Palm Bay Resort, Whitsundays, Long Island, QLD
         
        4.5 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Incredible resort that was perfectly maintained and amazingly friendly staff!

        Beach Club £380
        Reviewed on 15 Apr 2019
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        Beach Club

        Beach Club

        9 Resort Drive, Hamilton Island, QLD
           
          4.8 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0

          The resort was immaculate. Located right on the beach, there were water views from all public areas. Our room had a panorammic ocean view (2nd floor), and was spacious and luxurious. What truly sets the beach club apart is their customer service. All the staff were incredibly helpful and genuinely ...

          Palm Bungalows £212
          Reviewed on 15 Apr 2019
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          Palm Bungalows

          Palm Bungalows

          3 Resort Drive, Hamilton Island, QLD
             
            4.4 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Brilliant on every level - only criticism of this island is the lack of nighttime entertainment

            qualia
            Reviewed on 17 Feb 2019
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            qualia

            qualia

            20 Whitsunday Boulevard, Hamilton Island, QLD
               
              4.8 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Fantastic service, excellent facilities, staff provided a dream vacation.

              Daydream Island Resort £155
              Reviewed on 22 Apr 2019
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              Daydream Island Resort

              Daydream Island Resort

              Whitsunday Islands, Daydream Island, QLD
                 
                3.0 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0

                There were issues with the resort being ready for so many guests, but the staff could not do enough to help. The issues are minor, and do not take anything away from how lovely the island is. Jarrod and his team did everything they could to make our stay as pleasant as possible, and I have no doubt ...

                InterContinental Hayman Island Resort
                InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

                InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

                Hayman Island, Hayman Island, QLD
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Nestled on the beach, this Hayman Island resort is just steps away from Coral Sea and Hayman Island Reef.

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