About The Whitsundays

Made up of 74 stunning islands, the Whitsundays is not only home to one of the world’s best beaches – Whitehaven Beach – but it’s also the heart of the Great Barrier Reef with a naturally heart-shaped reef to prove it.

From thrill-seeking water sports at Airlie Beach, snorkelling straight off the beach at the picturesque town of Bowen and sailing around the islands of the Whitsundays, to camping under the stars in the middle of the Reef, day hikes through spectacular national parks and luxuriating on Hamilton Island, there's a Whitsundays holiday to suit every traveller.    

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Made up of 74 stunning islands, the Whitsundays is not only home to one of the world’s best beaches – Whitehaven Beach – but it’s also the heart of the Great Barrier Reef with a naturally heart-shaped reef to prove it.

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Places to See in the Whitsundays

Waterfront Airlie Beach, Whitsundays

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach, the vibrant mainland gateway to the Whitsundays is an aquatic playground with plenty for thrill seekers and nature lovers to choose from. Book a Sail and snorkel tour thru the Whitsundays passage on on overnight reef trip. Take a scenic flight over Heart Reef, or dive the depths of the Great Barrier Reef

Bowen, Whitsundays

Bowen

Bowen

The location for the epic film, Australia, Bowen is also famous for its excellent fishing, mouth-watering mangoes, and pristine beaches with some of the best fringing coral in Queensland.

Gloucester Island, Whitsundays

Cape Gloucester

Cape Gloucester

Escape civilisation and relax on Cape Gloucester's unique stretch of west-facing beach, located just an hour north of Airlie Beach.

Qualia, Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island

One of Australia's most popular holiday destinations and the only island in the Great Barrier Reef with its own commercial airport, Hamilton Island is a holiday hotspot for local and international visitors, boasting pristine white beaches, a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life, and year-round mild temperatures.

Lake Proserpine, Whitsundays

Proserpine

Proserpine

Surrounded by sugarcane plantations, riverfront Proserpine is the first mainland port of call for Whitsunday visitors.

Shute Harbour, Whitsundays

Shute Harbour

Shute Harbour

Located close to Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour is a forest-clad, secluded jumping off point for the Whitsunday Island Tours. Shute Harbour is also the closest location to the Whitsunday Airport where guests can take scenic helicopter flights, fixed wing scenic tours and seaplane flights over the iconic locations of the Whitsunday Islands.

The pure white sands of Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island

Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach

With fine white silica sand and a maze of stunning sandbars linked by azure-coloured tidal pools, renowned Whitehaven Beach is considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in Australia.

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