The Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia.
(excerpted from Ocean
Australia has been called the Lucky
Country for many reasons, great cities, the amazing utback, the
Tasmanian wilderness and the Great Barrier Reef to name a few.
The Whitsundays however are unique, exotic and spectacularly beautiful,
one of those rare, unforgettable places, just nature at her best.
Whitsundays boasts a diverse range of tropical island resorts
as well as the coastal resort village of Airlie Beach. Relax,
swim and enjoy the breathtaking ocean views or take advantage
of the myriad of activities the Whitsundays has to offer on land,
sea and in the air. The sheltered warm waters of the Whitsundays
make boating of all kinds irresistible, sail yourself around the
calm waters of the Whitsundays or choose a crewed charter and
Whitsunday Coast and Islands are a very special part of Australia.
Centrally located on the Queensland Coast 150km north of Mackay
and 300km south of Townsville yet right in the heart of the World
Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Flights
depart most cities daily with direct access to Hamilton Island
in the Whitsundays or Whitsunday Coast Airport 45 minutes from
Airlie Beach. The sheltered, warm waters of the Whitsundays provide
one of the worlds premier sailing destinations.
If you decide to leave your boat
at home and fly in why not look at bareboat charter?
the largest fleet of bareboat charter skipper-yourself) in the
Southern Hemisphere, you are sure to find a craft to suit your
needs. From multi-hulls to cruisers to luxury yachts, Whitsunday
Rent a Yacht operate out of Airlie Beach and they can cater for
every taste, and of Whitehaven Beach course a Skipper and Crew
can be provided if this is what you would prefer.
As well as bareboat charter the
Whitsundays has a diverse fleet of crewed and skippered sailing
craft which take individuals, couples or groups on trips around
the coast and islands for 3 to 6 days.
can also see the magnificent humpback whales frolic in the calm
waters between July and September as the pass through the Whitsundays
on their annnual migration.
The Goorganga wetlands, stretching
south from Prosperpine through a network of creeks and waterholes,
are home to a wide variety of native and migratory birdlife. The
Prosperpinof Airlie Beach deep into this animal lovers paradise.e
River, a major artery in the wetland system, is home to the ancient
estuarine crocodile and a favourite spot for anglers chasing mangrove
jack, threadfin salmon and the w o r l d - r e n o w n e d barramundi.
Proserpine River Eco Tours operate
out or Airlie Beach deep into this animal lovers paradise
the Whitsunday Islands
You will believe you can see forever.
The enchanted islands of the Whitsunday's are a showcase of landscapes,
environments and idyllic holiday settings. From the unspoilt vistas
of pristine National Parks to the luxury resorts, each island
has its own unique atmosphere, style and many magical locations.
There are 74 islands in the immediate
Whitsunday region, eight with resorts and all within close range
of each other. This number of islands climbs to around 100 if
counting the greater Cumberland group stretching south to Mackay.
naval officer, explorer and cartographer of Australia's east coast,
Lieutenant James Cook (later Captain) was the first European to
make records of the islands in 1770, however it is thought seafarers
of other nations passed through the Whitsunday's long before this
time in history. Described as the last archipelago to be explored
and settled by people of European descent, the islands have a
rich aboriginal history stretching back many thousands of years.
Cave paintings, stone fish traps and even a flint quarry
remain as evidence of these times.
The Whitsunday's were formed around 10,000 years ago, at the end
of an ice age, when the sea level rose to flood a vast coastal
mountain range. Visitors to the islands today are in fact cruising
to the exposed mountain tops of a drowned landscape. The features
of today's spectacular island realm range from volcanic mountain
peaks of lichen clad stone to deep fjord like inlets flanked in
rainforest and dotted with distinctive hoop pines. From steamy
mangrove estuaries to sweeps of pure white sand, rolling wooded
hills to islets trailing sand spits like flowing golden veils;
each corner of the Whitsunday's is more awe inspiring than the
Some of the Islands of The Whitsundays.
island resort & spa:
Island Resort & Spa (formerly Novotel Daydream Island) is
a tropical paradise located in the magnificent Whitsunday’s
on the Great Barrier Marine Park. Daydream Island offers a complete
range of facilities to enjoy including the Daydream Rejuvenation
Spa. Here, you can enjoy sparkling bays, secluded beaches, live
coral snorkelling directly off the island, a stunning rainforest
and shaded walkways. These are just some of the islands innate
natural beauty and attractions.
South Molle Island
resort has been a favourite of family groups for many a holiday
season. With a refurbished Polynesian feel, the resort offers
a nine hold golf course, a popular seafood feast night, beautiful
National Park trails and an idyllic palm fringed setting. Aside
from activities like tennis, archery and watersports, guests can
enjoy fun filled floorshows at night or daily reef and island
cruises from the resort's jetty.
Hamilton Island is a place to experience
everything or enjoy doing absolutely nothing. There are hotel
and apartment rooms to suit all tastes and budgets, lots to do
and all of it is surrounded by beautiful coral-fringed beaches.
Island is amongst the world's best resorts. True five star luxury
and exceptional surroundings ensure a holiday to remember. On
Hayman, the quality of the service is as memorable as the environment
in which it is offered....
A slice of European flair in the
midst of the Whitsunday's, Lindeman is home to Australia's only
Club Med resort. The island has a nine hole golf course with spectacular
views, walking tracks through some of the best native bushland
on the islands and several deserted bays to discover. Holidays
are offered as all inclusive packages complete with wine and beer
during gourmet meals.
Brampton Island via Mackay
the greens of the islands National Park, the blues of the surrounding
Whitsunday waters, to its seven golden sandy beaches and the coral
gardens just off shore, Brampton's style is colourful and easy.
This island has a rhythm of its own called the Brampton Beat and
there are activities for guests to enjoy at every imaginable tempo
- from fast and furious water sport fun, to being flat out doing
nothing at all.
Island Wilderness Resort is a popular budget retreat with camping
facilities, bungalows and its own underwater observatory. The
resort is set amid spectacular mountain peaks and enjoys easy
access to excellent snorkelling.
Hook is a favourite of independent
travellers and backpackers and delivers all the magic of a Whitsunday
island holiday. Activities here include ocean kayaking and the
chance to party with travellers from passing yachts. Most of the
island resorts cater very well for children with organised fun
activities, kids clubs and child minding services.
Club Crocodile Long Island
Crocodile offers total relaxation, countless activities and an
amazing array of entertainment. Go from doing absolutely nothing
to doing whatever you want in a short change of location or a
quick change of attitude!
Peppers Palm Bay Long
amidst the turquoise waters of the Whitsundays lies Peppers Palm
Bay, an intimate and secluded tropical retreat. With only 21 waterfront
bures, cabins and bungalows, if you want to experience the charms
of the Whitsundays without the crowds, then Peppers Palm Bay is
The Whitsundays enjoy a warm, tropical
climate all year round with the occasional tropical shower from
December through February. The average temperature is 27.4 degrees