With a collection of islands just off Queensland's central coast, the Whitsunday Islands form a part of the Great Barrier Reef. The majority of these islands are designated national parks, and major attractions include coral reefs for snorkeling and diving, pristine beaches and clear, warm waters. It’s an incredible experience, to sleep on a sail boat and enjoy the islands via a multi-day sailing tour. Half a million people from all over the world, visit the Whitsunday Islands each year, and for a good reason.
Our travel guide will help you plan your trip to this piece of heaven on earth!
Whitehaven Beach – Stretching about 3 miles and consisting of fine, brilliant white sand, Whitehaven Beach is by far the most recognized of all Whitsundays landmarks. It’s one of the most beautiful beaches you'll ever see.
Whitsunday Island – This largest island is home to the famous Whitehaven Beach. Most boat day trips come here to explore the dozens of little coves and inlets where yachts or boats can pull in. Many boats also go to Tongue Point, and a trail that leads to a lookout point over Whitehaven.
Hamilton Island – Hamilton has its own airport, post office and bank, and remains a harbor for people heading out to the reef (about 2 hours) or Whitehaven Beach (about ½ hour). If you’re looking to spend some time in a resort, you’ll find great accommodation, and a lot of options here for day tours to the other Whitsunday islands.
Hook Island – Hook is the second largest island, and a great place to see birds and wildlife. It is a frequent stop of many boat tours that sail around the islands.
What to do in Whitsundays Islands?
Scuba diving – The islands are famous for their amazing diving. The reefs are best viewed during the summer time as the rainy season can makes the water murky. On a bright sunny day, you’ll be able to spot a wide array of vibrant fish, coral, and sea turtles.
Explore Reef World – has all that you need to enjoy this exceptionally beautiful marine world –with a diving and snorkeling center, submarine, undersea windows, and even a helicopter platform. It’s a place to have fun with water slides, swimming areas, and a restaurant to set free the kid inside you!
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Take a resort vacation – This tropical island paradise, has encouraged many resorts to pop up where you can enjoy your leisure on any budget. Many resorts offer package deals with sailing trips, swimming pools, golfing, arcades, snorkeling tours ... well, the list is endless. There is a package for just about every budget and activity interest.
Money Saving Tips
Take the Ferries –If you plan to visit just one island, ferries are a good option. Since there are mostly luxury resorts on the islands, it’s a better value to hop on a boat cruise.
BYOB –To stick to a budget you can always bring your own alcohol on board —keep in mind though that most sail boats prohibit glass.
Camp –For those who enjoy being outdoors, there are about 21 campgrounds on the islands. You'll need a camping permit (that costs about $AU8 per person per night), your own boat to get to these sites, and your own food.