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