THE WHITSUNDAYS REGION
Welcome to the Whitsundays at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, and one of the world's most spectacular aquatic playgrounds. Situated midway along the Queensland Coast of Australia, the Whitsundays area consists of some 74 picturesque islands rising from warm, sparkling sapphire blue waters, white sand beaches and an abundance of incredible marine and wild life. With 70% of the region protected National and Marine Park, this is a truly unique and stunning destination.
The Whitsunday Islands, most of them uninhabited pristine National Parks, feature empty white-sand beaches, stunning views and sheltered tropical waters - encompassing every person's dream of an island paradise. These stunning islands are bordered by the majestic mountains of the Conway National Park on one side, the famous Great Barrier Reef - one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ on the other and cradled by the calm waters of the Coral Sea. From world class island resorts to the cosmopolitan resort village of Airlie Beach on the coast, the Whitsundays has something for everyone, from honeymooners to families to backpackers.
There are numerous ways to experience the wonders of the Whitsundays. The sheltered waterways ensure the Whitsundays are the perfect cruising or sailing destination. Explore the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, snorkelling, swimming, diving, or on a scenic helicopter flight. Cruise out through the islands, and sail through some of the most beautiful waters in the world.
Cruise Whitsundays is based at Airlie Beach - the gateway to the Whitsundays. Airlie Beach is situated approximately 1,100km north of Brisbane and 700km south of Cairns, in the heart of the Whitsundays. Vibrant Airlie Beach is a colourful and inviting holiday village lying on the shores of a palm fringed beach and overlooking the calm waters of Pioneer Bay.
Located on a peninsula that stretches out to the Whitsunday passage, Airlie Beach provides an ideal mainland base for an unforgettable Queensland holiday. The town offers an excellent range of accommodation such as stylish resort hotels, hillside apartments, cosy bed & breakfasts, motels, camping and caravan parks as well as a host of backpacker accommodation. Refer to our Accommodation Listing for something to suit your needs.
Airlie Beach provides many of the essential services for travellers to the area. The shopping areas are open seven days a week and every Saturday the foreshore parkland hosts a market with stalls selling fresh fruit and veggies, local arts and crafts and more.
Dining and entertainment options in and around Airlie Beach range from silver service resort dining to cafes and cheap eats. Airlie’s clubs and bars provide plenty of entertainment well into the night.
Stretching over nine kilometres, this pristine expanse of pure white silica sand is fringed by brilliant blue water and lush tropical island and is considered the jewel of the Whitsundays. Recognised as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, no visit to the Whitsundays is complete without a trip to Whitehaven Beach. Our 'Camira Sailing Adventure' ensures an unforgettable visit to this spectacular and famous location while experiencing exhilarating sailing through the spectacular Whitsunday Islands.
THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven great wonders of the natural world. Stretching more than 2,300km along the northeast coast of Australia, from the northern tip of Queensland to just north of Bundaberg, the reef is the largest natural feature on earth and can be seen from outer space.
The Great Barrier Reef is made up of more than 2,800 coral reefs and boasts a diverse range of colourful marine life providing some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world.
Cruise Whitsundays offers a Great Barrier Reef Adventures day trip to the outer Great Barrier Reef and a Reefsleep overnight experience. Our pontoon sites are well protected and boast their own eco-system with scientific surveys reporting nearly 200 types of fish and over 150 types of coral in the immediate area of one of our pontoons. Experience the incredible reef in more ways than one scuba diving, with a guided snorkelling safari or with a scenic helicopter flight.
The climate in the Whitsundays is subtropical being just above the tropic of Capricorn. Located on the same Latitude as Fiji, sunny tropical weather is guaranteed almost all year round. An average annual temperature of 27°C and an estimated average of 8.25 sunshine hours per day ensures an incredible year-round climate. Summer is over those months around January where the average temperature is over 30°C. The winter months are those around July with an average temperature of 23°C.
The Whitsundays water temperature varies from around 23°C in winter to 28°C in summer. If it's summer time in tropical North Queensland take plenty of sunscreen with you and a hat!