Instaworthy Locations of The Whitsundays and Mackay

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The Whitsundays & Mackay

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Year Round

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Love filling your feed with beautiful content. This ultimate guide to the most Instagram-worthy locations in The Whitsundays and Mackay will have your followers in awe! Check out our itinerary below and get posting!

Locations

Day 1
Bowen

#Horseshoebay Say hello to The Whitsundays. Stop in at Bowen, for lunch and a swim at the famous Horseshoe Bay! This beach is framed by two granite outcrops which provide a haven for an excellent range of fish and coral.

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Day 2
Hamilton Island

#Passagepeak Spend the entire day exploring the stunning Hamilton Island! The trek to Passage Peak is definitely worth it. You will be rewarded with 360 views over Hamilton Island and don’t forget your gram pic with the iconic Passage Peak Chair!

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Day 3
Whitehaven Beach

#Whitehaven Get a photo relaxing on one of the most famous beaches in the world! The white sand and turquoise blue waters at Whitehaven Beach will have you in awe.

#Whitsundays Time to hop off the boat and get into the water! Diving and snorkelling is a must while you are in The Whitsundays, well-known for having some of the best coral gardens in the world.

During your trip to Whitehaven Beach, stop at Hill Inlet. Hop off the boat and hike up to the viewing point to see stunning views of the Whitsunday waters.

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Day 4
Hardy Reef

#Hardyreef Time to hit the water once more! The River at Hardy Reef on the Great Barrier Reef is a picturesque spot, home to thousands of spectacular reef fish and an abundance of corals.

#Heartreef During your trip to Hardy Reef, take a helicopter ride over the world-famous Heart Reef! Get the most stunning aerial shot, and wow your followers (not to mention, make them insanely jealous).

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Day 5
Conway National Park

#Conwaynationalpark Just 20 minutes from Airlie Beach is a dramatic landscape of rainforest-clad hills, beaches, and panoramic views. Be sure to pack a spare battery for your camera!

#Cedarcreekfalls Nestled in Conway National Park is the beautiful Cedar Creek Falls. An ideal spot for an afternoon picnic as you marvel in the natural surrounds. After a swim, take the drive from Cedar Creek falls to Cape Hillsborough.

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Day 6
Cape Hillsborough to Clermont

#Capehillsborough Wake up for sunrise to watch the wallabies on the beach! One of the only guaranteed wild wallaby experiences in the country.

#Blacksbeach Break up your day of adventuring at Mackay’s Northern Beaches. The perfect place for lunch, this 6km beach is great for swimming, sunbaking and even fishing.

#Wedgeisland If you time it right, you can make it across to Wedge Island at low tide. Located off the beach at Cape Hillsborough, see if you can find the famous Wedge Island rock pool.

#Wolfangpeak Spend the afternoon driving through the wide open plains of the Isaac region until you reach Clermont. Wake up early the next morning and hike Wolfgang Peak for sunrise. See if you can take a photo looking out from the cave.

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Day 7
Clairview and Eungella

#ClairviewBeach The perfect rest stop after your morning drive from Clermont. Clairview isn’t just the location of a spectacular tropical beach, it is also a recognised Dugong Sanctuary.

#Eungellatreearch Jump back in the car and drive through Mackay to get to Eungella, home of the famous tree arch. Go for a hike in the rainforest and take a photo walking underneath the arch!

#Araluenfalls On your final leg, stop at Finch Hatton Gorge in the Pioneer Valley. Go for a swim at Araluen Falls, a stunning waterfall nestled in the mountain.

#Brokenriver Spot a platypus in its natural habitat at Broken River. The viewing platforms are a must-visit destination.

#Skywindow Marvel at the beautiful views of the Pioneer Valley at the Sky Window lookout! Only a short walk through lush rainforest to reach the viewing area.

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