Dreaming of soft white sandy beaches, crystal blue water, diving amongst thousands of tropical fish or just taking it easy on a luxury charter sailboat? Just off the coast of Airlie Beach in tropical Queensland, you will find the Whitsunday Islands – the perfect destination for all these activities and more.
As an archipelago chain consisting of 74 separate individual islands, the Whitsundays offers a bevvy of marine and beach-based entertainment and leisure options, with each of the main islands in the group offering something slightly different and more unique to the rest of its family.
Whitsunday Island is the largest in the chain and is home to numerous examples of pristine nature, but other popular destinations such as Daydream, Hamilton and Long Islands are hugely popular with visitors as well.
Opportunities for both relaxation and adventure combine in the Whitsundays like no other single destination in Australia – with such a variety of islands, almost every demographic of traveller and budget level is catered for here. As one of Australia’s most luxurious and visually stunning getaway spots, they are a true Aussie bucket-list item with plenty of choices.
Stay on land and take it easy being pampered with a massage or doing a spot of shopping or golfing, or venture out into the vibrant waters and encounter some of the most impressive displays of Reef in Australia on a snorkelling or diving trip.
Beaches and the sunshine are the name of the game here, personified in fullest by the spectacular Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island – voted by the Aussie public in our nation-wide poll as Australia’s most beautiful beach. Revel in the weather and kick things up a notch with some high-speed ocean rafting or jet skiing, view the incredible reef formations from high above with a scenic flight, or simply take a walk and admire the panorama from any number of available vantage points.
Whatever your reason for visiting the Whitsundays, you’ll find everything you need to know about travelling to this part of tropical QLD broken down in our detailed sections below.