Glorious beaches, lush tropical islands, luxe resorts and the amazing Great Barrier Reef – the Whitsundays are holiday heaven.
Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet
With a backdrop of tropical rainforest, Whitehaven Beach is regularly crowned Australia’s #1 beach. Pristine, pure, perfect – the silica sand here is dazzlingly white, washed in on the tide over thousands of years.
The Great Barrier Reef is seriously impressive – a technicolour mosaic of coral, hyperactive marine life and castaway atolls, tracing the Queensland coast for more than 2,300km. The reef is a World Heritage–listed wonder, and an essential Australian travel experience – and the Whitsundays are right in the heart of it!
In the same latitudes as Tahiti, Mauritius and Rio de Janeiro, the Whitsundays are an international sailing hotspot. Local marinas sway with yachts from around the world, as sailors step ashore to enjoy some downtime in the Whitsundays’ island resorts and the bars and restaurants along the Airlie Beach waterfront.
Adrift in the Coral Sea, most of the 74 Whitsunday Islands are uninhabited and protected by the Whitsunday Islands National Park – buzzing with birdlife, fringed by colourful coral and arcs of golden sand. Hamilton Island and the recently reopened Daydream Island have long been holiday hotspots for families, honeymooners and global travellers alike; and with Hayman Island set to re-open in mid-2019 there’s never been a better time to discover this island paradise.
The Whitsundays’ mainland gateway, Airlie Beach is a vibrant and multicultural town, with an unhurried, beachy soul. A long-time favourite with travellers, sailors, families and nature-lovers, Airlie makes it easy to change down a gear and slip into holiday mode – the kind of place where you come for a day and stay for a week.