At the heart of the Great Barrier Reef lies the Whitsundays, 74 island wonders in the tropical waters of the Coral Sea. The Whitsundays is world-famous for its clear aqua waters and iconic landscapes including Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, and the perfectly shaped natural formation of Heart Reef.
The warm tropical waters of the Whitsundays are dotted with an array of national park islands, coral cays, fringing coral reefs and stunning beaches. The majority of the Whitsunday islands are designated national park, leaving them pristine and untouched. Of the 74 islands, only a handful are inhabited with island resorts offering a range of accommodation and attractions.
The Whitsundays offers some of the world’s best sailing, so charter a boat and cruise the islands, enjoying the beautiful sunsets. Or you can join a jetski or rafting tour and skim across the water at speed, or take a scenic flight and soar above the magical Heart Reef.
Swim, snorkel and scuba dive with thousands of brightly coloured fish and the diverse corals of the Great Barrier Reef, and witness diverse marine life including humpback whales, dolphins, turtles and dugongs.
Sink your toes into the white silica sands of world-famous Whitehaven Beach, where the seven-kilometre stretch of white silica sands and crystal clear waters is pristine and untouched by development. Spend the day on the beach or explore the breathtaking beauty of Hill Inlet, a stunning cove at the northern end of the beach where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a swirling fusion of turquoise colours.
Soak up the tropical lifestyle and laze on one of the many uncrowded beaches, then relax with a sunset cocktail on an island resort and let your everyday stresses melt away. Or hire a car from Airlie Beach and explore the dramatic scenery of country Queensland around Proserpine and Bowen. Explore the endless natural landscapes and diverse island resorts, and after a great day, indulge in fresh local seafood at one of the many al-fresco restaurants.
The opportunities are endless for a truly memorable visit to the heart of the Great Barrier Reef… which is why there is no better place to take a well-deserved holiday than the Whitsundays. Whatever you’re looking for in a holiday, on whatever budget, you’ll find every kind of beauty, adventure and luxury here.
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