The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef, offers the very best Great Barrier Reef experience you can find, with countless options including diving, snorkelling, sailing, and flying over this incredible living natural wonder. The Great Barrier Reef surrounds the 74 Whitsunday islands and the mainland, creating an aquatic playground in which visitors can swim, snorkel, dive and sail.
The Whitsundays is a genuinely diverse destination, with a holiday for everyone at every budget. If you’re looking for the ultimate luxurious romantic rendezvous or an action-packed adventure, back-nature-island camping or resort island hopping, or bare-foot long walks on the beach and sailing the 74 island wonders. The Whitsundays is your tropical holiday oasis.
The Whitsundays is also home to the famous Whitehaven Beach, a seven kilometre stretch of white silica sands and crystal-clear waters, which is consistently voted one of the best beaches in Australia and the World. To the north, don’t miss Hill Inlet Lookout, a stunning swirling fusion of colours created by the sand meeting the sea as the tides move.
The Whitsundays is surrounded by the beautiful tropical rainforest dotted with waterfalls and gorgeous outlooks over the bays and islands, the region is blessed with award-winning, palm-fringed beaches, and a warm tropical climate. The majority of the 74 island wonders are uninhabited national park islands, with five islands offer a variety of resort accommodation, all with the Great Barrier Reef and fringing coral reefs at their doorstep. The Whitsundays is home to the renowned island resorts of Hamilton Island and Whitsunday Apartments Hamilton Island, Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort, Daydream Island Resort, Palm Bay Resort, and Elysian Retreat on Long Island and Camp Island.
This truly diverse destination has to offer, from the casual coastal town of Airlie Beach with its excellent range of dining and shopping to the short trip north to Bowen, home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Whitsunday region, famed for its huge granite bolder outcrops and snorkelling straight off the beach. Travelling inland through to Proserpine, Australia’s largest Barramundi impound at Lake Proserpine – where you just have to throw in a line and experience the thrill of catching a barra! The charming outback town of Collinsville is definitely not to be missed.
You can also jump on board an overnight sailing adventure or maybe you’d prefer to choose your own itinerary and explore the islands at your own leisure. The Whitsundays has some of the most amazing skippered or self-skippered bareboat sailing options, choose where you want to go and when you want to go there!
Easily accessible by air, road, and rail, the area is characterised by a wide range of accommodation options blending harmoniously with the pristine natural attributes of the area. Sail, Explore, Dive, Dine, Play, Relax, Enjoy.
There are so many ways to experience The Whitsundays; your biggest worry will be fitting it all in.