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The Whitsundays are made up of 74 Island Wonders, on the beautiful tropical coast of Queensland, Australia. Right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, a visit to the Whitsundays is a feast for the senses. The stunning natural landscapes of coast and islands are dotted with secluded beaches and friendly towns. Whether you choose to base yourself on the coast or on the islands, there's so much to do, you'll have to work out how to fit it all in!

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The Whitsundays are made up of 74 Island Wonders, on the beautiful tropical coast of Queensland, Australia. Right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, a visit to the Whitsundays is a feast for the senses. The stunning natural landscapes of coast and islands are dotted with secluded beaches and friendly towns. Whether you choose to base yourself on the coast or on the islands, there's so much to do, you'll have to work out how to fit it all in!

Whitsundays Stories

23 February 2017
TOP FIVE REASONS YOU SHOULD VISIT THE WHITSUNDAYS THIS AUTUMN #1 The Greatest Barrier Reef Experience The Whitsundays is in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and offers an unparalleled reef experience. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system and the Whitsundays even has its own natural coral reef structure in the shape of a heart, called Heart Reef! Visitors to the Whitsundays can choose to see the World Heritage-listed reef from above the water - by seaplane, helicopter or boat - and below the water, with scuba diving and snorkelling. Be dazzled by thousands of different colourful corals and mesmerised by the more than 1,500 species of iridescent fish that call the reef home. The diverse marine life includes turtles, dolphins, dugongs, reef sharks, manta rays and giant clams. #2 An Aquatic Playground The Whitsundays is a sailor’s paradise, with safe, calm waters due to the protection of the reef. You can hire a yacht, a motor cruiser, a kayak or a Jetski to get around, or there are dozens of hosted tours aboard everything from sleek and sophisticated yachts to fast, time-efficient power boats and classic old timber vessels. You can also swim, snorkel and scuba dive in this amazing aquatic playground – or why not take a scenic flight or helicopter ride and see the Whitsundays from above. World famous Whitehaven Beach is a “must” to visit when in the Whitsundays, with its 7kms of pure white, 98% silica sand, which doesn’t get hot, no matter how much the sun shines! And not forgetting the swirling sands of Hill Inlet, visible from the lookout at the far end of Whitehaven Beach. # 3 Indulgent Luxury or Relaxing Rejuvenation The Whitsundays has every kind of accommodation including 5-star luxury, spa and wellness retreats, family resorts with spacious cabins, caravan and camping parks, self-contained apartments, boutique-style hotels and backpacker accommodation. There are also four world-class island resorts in the Whitsundays including Hamilton Island, One & Only Hayman Island, Daydream Island Resort & Spa and Palm Bay Resort on Long Island. As well as island resorts, there are dozens of undeveloped islands covered with national parkland and you can camp and fish in unspoilt natural beauty (permits required). You can quite literally be the only person on a pristine beach or the only yacht in a secluded bay or inlet when you are in the Whitsundays.  This variety means the Whitsundays is the perfect tropical setting for a relaxed, romantic holiday or an action-packed adventure. Couples, families, groups of friends and solo travellers all find something to enjoy in the Whitsundays. # 4 A Diverse and Beautiful Region  The Whitsunday region comprises 74 island wonders and a vibrant, cosmopolitan mainland. Holidaymakers can enjoy the shops, cafes, bars and restaurants of the beachside resort town of Airlie Beach, experience the beautiful, secluded beaches of Bowen, catch a barramundi on Lake  Proserpine or soak up the serenity of the rugged outback surrounding Collinsville. The Conway Ranges, which provide a stunning backdrop to the mainland, offer walking tracks, waterfalls and seasonal creeks for lazy picnics and a spot of swimming in clear mountain water.  Experience a different side of the Whitsundays when you explore the 27km Conway Circuit, passing through native bushland and majestic tropical rainforest, including towering Alexander Palms and ancient cycads, and absorb the spectacular coastal views stretching for miles. You might even encounter some native wildlife including iguanas and goannas and the native wompoo pigeon. # 5 Good old fashioned Queensland hospitality…and affordability! The only thing that remains the same throughout the Whitsundays is the hospitality you’ll receive. The region is renowned for being friendly and welcoming - every day’s a weekend in the Whitsundays! From fine dining at the wide range of restaurants and resorts to a counter meal at an outback pub with the locals, the Whitsundays welcome is there, and there’s a style of accommodation to suit every budget. Whether it’s solitude and rejuvenation, high-end luxury, adrenalin-pumping action or relaxation and tranquillity you seek, it’s all here in the Whitsundays. And with a wide range of accommodation on offer there is something to suit every budget. Oh, and did we mention the 25 degree Celsius average daily temperatures in the Whitsundays during autumn…      
08 February 2017
There are many hidden treasures in the Whitsundays and one place that’s a firm favourite with locals and visitors is Cedar Creek Falls. Tucked away down a winding road that is mainly unsealed and crosses a small creek, Cedar Creek Falls really is hidden if you don’t know where you’re going! Luckily, the signage is great but do leave plenty of time and don’t rush. When you first pull up in the rudimentary carpark (there are toilets) you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. But as you wander down the dirt track and start to hear the sound of gushing water, you begin to get excited. I first saw the falls in 1988 so it’s hard for me to remember my first time but every time I have visited since I still a get a feeling of the might and power of nature, and the falls never fail to impress. Not surprisingly the “wet” season is the best time to see the falls, when they are running with beautiful fresh water that comes off the mountains following the summer rains. They can fall at other times of the year – and the water’s still fresh! - but the wet season pretty much guarantees they’ll be running. Once at the falls themselves, you can choose to simply stare in awe and wonder, clicking away with your phone or camera, or you can whip off your clothes to your bathers underneath and ‘get amongst it’!    Swimming in this clear lagoon is stunningly refreshing and if you fancy having your head battered by gallons of rushing water, you can duck under the pounding streams. Nobody seems to know for sure how deep it is but I have heard it’s very deep. However, it’s also very safe, as there are no underlying boulders, except for around the perimeter. But don’t be tempted to jump from the top of the falls, as certain people have done in the past, only to go home with a broken limb, or worse. There’s enough fun to be had without silly stunts and many visitors bring picnics and rugs with them to while away a pleasant few hours in the dappled shade of the natural amphitheatre. Ancient trees and plants surround the falls in a circle and anyone interested in local flora and fauna will have a field day. If you’re observant you can also spot butterflies, lizards, birds, fish and terrapins. So do yourself a favour and embrace the summer rains at Cedar Creek Falls – you’ll be glad you did! How to get there: Take the Shute Harbour Road towards Proserpine, turning left into Conway Road at Mount Julian. Keep going until you see signs for Cedar Creek Falls off to the left (just by Bumble Bee Plant Nursery). Follow the signs remembering to always drive to the conditions and never risk crossing the creek if it is over the car wheels.  What to take: Camera, swimmers, sensible shoes (the rocks can get slippy). A picnic if you’ve got some time to spend in a beautiful shady location surrounded by nature. Best time to visit the falls: The “wet” season (January to March) when there are summer rains and the landscape blossoms into a green oasis. Deborah Friend is the PR and Communications Specialist for Tourism Whitsundays and has called the region home for the past 10 years, as well as living here from 1988-1994. This time it’s for ever! The wonderful Whitsundays…where else?       
29 September 2016
Throw off the bowlines.Original linkOriginal author: Shelley Thomas
01 August 2016
Forget TripAdvisor – create your own must-do Whitsundays itinerary with these local secrets!Original linkOriginal author: Jennifer Heitzmann
30 June 2016
Ahoy sailor! We've got the best places to anchor + how to score the best boat to sail the 74 islands of the Whitsundays.Original linkOriginal author: Nelson Hall
25 May 2016
Looking to book a family holiday to The Whitsundays? These tips 12 tips will help you make it your best ever!Original linkOriginal author: Jennifer Heitzmann

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