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The Best of the Whitsundays

The Whitsundays has an array of amazing experiences for every holiday maker to enjoy, whether you prefer adrenalin and excitement or relaxation and rejuvenation. There are Whitsundays experiences that are social and fun, experiences to help you reconnect with family and partners, experiences to get the adrenalin pumping, experiences to help you relax and unwind and so many more.

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

The world’s largest living structure and visible from outer space, the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is just a short trip from the Whitsunday Coast and islands. Many people from around the world dream of one day seeing the magical, naturally romantic formation of Heart Reef from the air and scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays is the ideal place to do it with a plethora of options to choose from to get you to this famous world icon.

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WHITEHAVEN BEACH

The crystal clear aqua waters and pristine silica sand of Whitehaven Beach stretch over seven kilometres along Whitsunday Island, the largest of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands. The magical views from the lookout at Hill Inlet have entranced many a traveller. The swirling white silica sands and crystal clear aqua waters create amazing patterns that are different every time you see it. There are many ways to get to Whitehaven Beach for the day, with trips of all kinds departing from Airlie Beach and the resort islands.

SCUBA DIVING AND SNORKELLING

Coral gardens lace nearly every Whitsunday island, and the Great Barrier Reef is only a short boat ride from Abell Point Marina. Scuba dive sites are sprinkled up and down the reef and around the islands, abundant with tranquil marine life. If you have always dreamt of scuba diving or snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, let the Whitsundays show you some of the most beautiful dive sites in the world.

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SAILING IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

The Whitsundays is Australia’s sailing paradise. With 74 picturesque islands, one of the world’s most loved beaches – Whitehaven Beach – and the friendly townships along the coast, it’s not surprising.

Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island are home to two of the country’s most famous sailing regattas, taking place back to back in August every year. The race weeks are full of action packed sailing events but there are also other fun activities on the race week calendar to keep the non-sailors in the family happy.

WHITSUNDAYS COAST

Explore the region either on a local tour or make your own discoveries. Take a walk through the Whitsunday Great Walk or visit the beautiful Cedar Creek Falls. Relax by the Airlie Beach Lagoon or take a picnic out to the Peter Faust Dam.

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WHALE SEASON IS JUNE – SEPTEMBER

Whales visit the Whitsundays every year during the winter months, on their annual migration north. From June to September, whales are a common sight frolicking amongst the islands and on the Great Barrier Reef. They return year after year to the Whitsundays to give birth, choosing the warm, calm, protected waters of the Whitsundays as in ideal nursery.

INDIGENOUS HISTORY

Follow in the footsteps of the Whitsundays’ traditional owners, the Ngaro people, along the Ngaro Sea Trail, traversing three islands over land and sea. A highlight is the walking track leading to a sheltered cave on Hook Island in Nara Inlet where you can view Aboriginal rock paintings.

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PAMPER YOURSELF, WHITSUNDAYS STYLE

There’s nothing like a little indulgence on holidays: a massage, a foot spa, a manicure and pedicure. You could also get your hair done and have a spray tan to complete the “I’ve just been on holidays in the tropics” look. If you happen to find yourself on holiday in a little rain spell, it’s even better as there’s no need to feel guilty about missing hours of sunshine while being pampered indoors at the day spa!