The 74 islands of the Whitsundays lay in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, cradled by the tropical waters of the Coral Sea, a truly remarkable icon of beauty. It is not only the majestic wildlife and breathtaking natural sights that make the Whitsundays one of the best places to go on holiday in Australia, but also the huge amount of things to do in the Whitsundays.


Whether its getting in touch with nature while scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, to relaxing on the silky white silica sands of white sands of Whitehaven Beach, find the best things to do on the islands in our Whitsundays Travel Guide.

Whitsundays Accommodation

The Whitsundays has a large range of places to stay, from backpackers to five star, but all enjoy the

five star natural beauty of the region.

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The Whitsunday Coast


The Whitsunday Coast is a cosmopolitan and inviting peninsula that stretches from the central town of Airlie Beach to stunning and secluded beaches along the coastline and inland to picturesque hinterland. Airlie Beach provides the ideal mainland base for holiday fun and adventure in the Whitsundays, where accommodation styles are as varied as the accents that can be heard in the main street. Backpacking hostels, luxury apartments and villas set on the hillsides are the ideal base for watching stunning sunsets over the islands and launching your holiday activities on the water.


To the north, Bowen is a sleepy seaside town which boasts seven beautiful beaches that remain largely undiscovered by tourists. Inland, Proserpine and Collinsville are both charming towns, each with something different to discover and explore. There are also several resorts and caravan parks located at the various secluded beaches dotted up the coastline of the Whitsundays.


The Whitsunday Islands


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Of the 74, only eight islands are inhabited with island resorts offering a range of accommodation and attractions. Indulgent island experiences all lie within a short distance of each other, making the Whitsundays the ‘island capital’ of the Great Barrier Reef. Whether it is eco-style, family friendly, allinclusive, activity based, food and wine focused or pure luxury, there is a resort experience to suit everyone. The island resorts provide a stunning location from which to enjoy the region, and there are countless ‘must do’ island and reef experiences in the Whitsundays.


On the remaining deserted islands, there are multiple campsites with a range of facilities for you to

set up your own ‘castaway’ holiday.


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