Summertime Reads – A Perfect Whitsundays Getaway

Summertime reads for a perfect Whitsunday getaway anywhere you go

Getting to The Whitsundays on every holiday, every year might be a bit hard to get approved with your significant other and friends, and we understand. Together with Booktopia, we’ve put together a list of books written about The Whitsundays or by authors currently living in The Whitsundays.  

Kick back, wherever you are this holiday and dive into a book with familiar scenery and a gripping story. It’s the key to turning any trip to the in-laws into a holiday you actually want to take!   

Book recommendations for days! 

Our friends at Booktopia have compiled a list of favourites across a few genres, so there is something for everyone. The common theme is, you may have guessed, The Whitsundays. These books are either based in The Whitsundays or written by some very clever authors who have moved themselves to The Whitsundays.  

Whitsundays inspired fiction book recommendations  

Whitsunday Dawn by Annie Seaton 

With the pristine beauty of the Whitsundays under threat, can they expose the truth in time? Annie Seaton’s Whitsunday Dawn takes readers on a captivating journey through time, blending contemporary romance with the breathtaking backdrop of the Whitsundays. As the sun rises over the azure waters, secrets unfold, and love blossoms against the lush island setting. Perfect for fans of Di Morrissey! 

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Sugar Town by Robert Nicholls 

Sugar Town by Robert Nicholls is a gripping tale of intrigue and suspense set against the lush sugar cane fields of the tropical coast of Queensland. As the characters navigate through a web of deception, the scenic beauty of the islands provides a stark contrast to the dark secrets that unfold. 

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Escaping Whitsunday by E.A Stark 

E.A. Stark’s Escaping Whitsunday is a thrilling adventure that takes readers on a heart-pounding journey through the Whitsunday Islands. With a mix of suspense and mystery, this novel captures the essence of escape and the untamed beauty of the Whitsundays. 

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Written by authors based in The Whitsundays 

DECEIT by Richard Evans 

One man’s fight against political corruption. DECEIT by Richard Evans is a political thriller that delves into the darker side of power. 


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Brothers in Arms by Sandra Harvey, Lindsay Simpson 

Lindsay Simpson and Sarah Harvey’s Brothers in Arms explores the gritty best-selling story of the 1984 Milperra bikie massacre. 

Lindsay Simpson is a true crime journalist and author who even runs a local sailing company in the Whitsundays! 

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At Low Tide by Sofi Fortunato 

This stunningly illustrated book is an excellent way to teach your little one all about nature, animals and counting! 

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As we close the cover on our curated collection of summertime reads, it’s clear that the Whitsundays isn’t just a destination for the body but also for the mind. In partnership with Booktopia, we’ve journeyed through tales as vivid and varied as the Whitsundays’ own landscapes, from the gripping suspense hidden among the sugar cane fields to the gentle romance that unfolds with the dawn. These books, penned by authors who’ve found their muse in the islands’ unmatched beauty or have made the Whitsundays their home, offer an escape that transcends the ordinary getaway.

Our selection, tailored for every reader’s preference, serves not just as a recommendation list but as a bridge to the Whitsundays’ soul. The stories invite you to experience the islands’ enchantment, the intrigue of its shores, and the warmth of its sun, regardless of where you might be reading from. Thanks to the thoughtful compilation by our friends at Booktopia, accessing these worlds is but a few clicks away, ensuring that the essence of the Whitsundays is never beyond reach.

So, as you find your perfect spot to settle in with one of these gems—be it under the sun or by the window on a rainy day—let each page turn be a step closer to the Whitsundays. May these recommendations not only be a source of entertainment but a gateway to adventures that await, both in the pages of a book and on the shores of the islands themselves. Here’s to a summer of exploration through stories that whisk you away to the Whitsundays, anytime, anywhere. Happy reading.