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Whitsunday Islands

Travel Guide
Hamilton Island Marina showing landscape views, boating and a bay or harbour

The Australian Tourism Board were right to choose this cluster of tropical islands as the face of Australian tourism, as they are as idyllic as they come.

When people dream of the white-sand beaches of northern Australia, it’s probably this group of islands that have inspired them. Rising from the turquoise waters just off the coast of Queensland’s central coast, the Whitsunday Islands are an idyllic tropical escape. They are considered one of the best destinations in the world for sailing holidays, and are located in the Coral Sea between the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland's tropical north coast.

The Whitsundays is comprised of 74 separate islands. A handful of these have townships and resorts while many are completely unspoiled. Take the family to Hamilton Island which has a major resort and plenty of activities, while nearby Hayman is perfect if you are looking for a more exclusive experience. If you are the adventurous type, consider chartering a yacht for a few days and explore the islands at your leisure.

Bring your snorkel to come face to face with the tropical fish and colorful coral beneath the surface of the Coral Sea. Dive operators are based out of Hamilton Island and offer experiences tailored to all experience levels. While boating is a great way to reach the more remote parts of the island group, swimming straight off the shore is one of the most popular activities in the region.

Take a day trip to Whitehaven Beach to witness the bright, white sand that stretches for nearly 4 miles (7 kilometers). The rainforest that runs almost to the shore of most islands offers excellent hikes, and the view from Whitsunday Peak on the main island is breathtaking.

The Whitsunday Islands remain warm year round, making it a popular destination in winter for visitors from the south of Australia. Airports on Hamilton Island and at Proserpine on the mainland service the islands. Regular charter boats and ferries run between Airlie Beach – the gateway to the islands – and Hamilton Island. Once on the islands boats can be hired or chartered to move amongst them.

Daydream Island Resort
Daydream Island Resort
4.5 out of 5
Whitsunday Islands, Whitsundays, QLD
The price is CA $291 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 19
Nestled on the beach, this Daydream Island resort is steps from Daydream Beach, Daydream Port, and Daydream Reef. Whitehaven Beach is 14 mi (22.6 km) away.
3.5/5Good! (168 reviews)
"Beautiful location!"

Reviewed on Jun. 22, 2021

Daydream Island Resort
Reef View Hotel
Reef View Hotel
4 out of 5
12 Resort Drive, Whitsundays, QLD
The price is CA $325 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
Located in Whitsundays, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, just steps from Hamilton Island Golf Club, Hamilton Island Marina, and Catseye Beach. Coral ...
4.3/5Excellent! (986 reviews)
"great locarion and facilitues. Big spacious rooms"

Reviewed on Jul. 19, 2021

Reef View Hotel
Whitsunday Apartments
Whitsunday Apartments
4 out of 5
14 Resort Drive, Whitsundays, QLD
The price is CA $330 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 14
Offering direct access to the beach, this Whitsundays aparthotel is in a national park and within a 15-minute walk of Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Marina. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,087 reviews)
"Like:180 degree ocean view from balcony. green shuttle bus stops frequently. swimming pool good, very close to catseye beach. Dislike: furnitures are old. Bathroom is quite small. Kitchen has modern oven/microwave, but took a while to figure out how to use it. You will need to wash all the plates, ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 18, 2021

Whitsunday Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Whitsunday Apartments
Whitsunday Apartments
4 out of 5
14 Resort Drive, Whitsundays, QLD
The price is CA $330 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 14
Offering direct access to the beach, this Whitsundays aparthotel is in a national park and within a 15-minute walk of Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Marina. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,087 reviews)
"Like:180 degree ocean view from balcony. green shuttle bus stops frequently. swimming pool good, very close to catseye beach. Dislike: furnitures are old. Bathroom is quite small. Kitchen has modern oven/microwave, but took a while to figure out how to use it. You will need to wash all the plates, ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 18, 2021

Whitsunday Apartments
The Blue Marlin Yacht Club Villa 6 On Hamilton Island
The Blue Marlin Yacht Club Villa 6 On Hamilton Island
Whitsundays, QLD
Nestled on the beach, this Whitsundays vacation home is just steps from Pelican Island and Hamilton Island Marina. Catseye Beach is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Amazing property, location and views
"We stayed here for 5 days for my 60th birthday and our whole experience from the valet service at the airport to arriving at this beautiful villa was first class. The villa is huge and luxurious, and effortlessly accommodates a family of 8. The master suite was next-level as were the views and sunsets. ..."

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

The Blue Marlin Yacht Club Villa 6 On Hamilton Island
Beach Lodges
Beach Lodges
3.5 out of 5
Resort Drive, Whitsundays, QLD
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of WILD LIFE Hamilton Island, Catseye Beach, and Hamilton Island Marina. Passage Peak ...
3.9/5Very Good! (22 reviews)
beyond expectations
"Were met on arrival by very welcoming staff and had an early check in so able to fully enjoy our first day. Buggy provided as part of booking so visited many spots on Island. Room in excellent condition with pool close by. On departure had late check out and escorted to departure ferry. Everything ..."

Reviewed on Dec. 16, 2020

Beach Lodges
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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