At the heart of the Great Barrier Reef lies the Whitsundays, 74 island wonders on the tropical coast of Queensland, Australia. The Whitsundays is world-famous for its clear aqua waters and iconic landscapes including Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, and the perfectly shaped natural formation of Heart Reef.
The stunning natural landscapes of the Whitsunday coast and islands are dotted with secluded beaches and friendly towns. Whether you choose to base yourself on the coast or the islands, there's so much to see and do!
The Whitsundays offers some of the world's best sailing, so charter a boat and cruise the islands, enjoying the beautiful sunsets. Or you can join a jetski or rafting tour and skim across the water at speed, or take a scenic flight and soar above the magical Heart Reef. Swim, snorkel and scuba dive with thousands of brightly coloured fish and the diverse corals of the Great Barrier Reef, and witness diverse marine life including humpback whales, dolphins, turtles and dugongs. Sink your toes into the white silica sands of famous Whitehaven Beach, or explore the breathtaking beauty of Hill Inlet, a stunning cove at the northern end of the beach where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a swirling fusion of turquoise colours.
The Whitsunday Islands
Indulgent island experiences all lie within a short distance of each other, making the Whitsundays the 'island capital' of the Great Barrier Reef. Whether it is eco-style, family friendly, all-inclusive, activity based, food and wine focused or pure luxury, there is a resort experience to suit everyone. The island resorts on Daydream Island, Hamilton Island, Hayman Island and Long Island provide a stunning setting and countless ways to experience the best of the Whitsundays.
The Whitsunday Coast and Hinterland
The Whitsunday Coast is a cosmopolitan and inviting peninsula that stretches from the central town of Airlie Beach to stunning and secluded beaches along the coastline and inland to picturesque hinterland. Airlie Beach provides the ideal mainland base for holiday fun and adventure in the Whitsundays, where accommodation styles are as varied as the accents that can be heard in the main street.
To the north, Bowen is a sleepy seaside town which boasts seven beautiful beaches that remain largely undiscovered by tourists. Inland, Proserpine and Collinsville are both charming towns, each with something different to discover and explore. There are also several resorts and caravan parks located at the various secluded beaches dotted up the coastline of the Whitsundays.