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The Whitsundays conjures up different images for different people. Some people think of the vast expanse of blue that is the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef, while others think about the lush, green hinterland, the inland waterfalls and the walking tracks criss-crossing the National Parks.

Whether you are a water baby or a land-lover, there is something for everyone in the Whitsundays!

Known for its 74 islands and close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays boasts the iconic Heart Reef, only visible in the Whitsundays and the precursor to many a wedding proposal!

And of course there’s world famous Whitehaven Beach — one of the most photographed beaches on the planet — and Hill Inlet, where the swirling patterns formed by the sea and sand take your breath away.

The vibrant resort town of Airlie Beach is the stepping-off point for the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands, including bustling Hamilton Island and tranquil Palm Bay Resort, on Long Island.

The Airlie Beach main street is lined with cafés, bars and restaurants, as well as colourful shops offering everything from souvenirs and postcards to clothing, jewellery and artworks.

The secluded beach townships of Hydeaway Bay and Dingo Beach, just a 45min drive from Airlie Beach, are perfect for those seeking rest and relaxation on long, sandy beaches. Do some beachcombing or explore the calm bays in a kayak or on a stand-up paddle board.

Things to do

  • The Whales are Back!

    Every year more than 22,000 whales sail past the Queensland Coast on the longest migration on the planet! This is a once (or more) in a lifetime experience you simply have to see for yourself.

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  • Stay Bio-Alert on Your Next Trip

    Biosecurity is not just an international threat, it’s a domestic problem too.  Pests, diseases and weeds can travel with you as you visit other regions and wreak havoc on our environment.

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  • Your opportunity to view the Coral Spawning

    If you’re travelling along Queensland’s beautiful coastline during October, November or December, you can witness a spectacular natural phenomenon that only occurs at this time of year – Coral Reef Spawning.

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  • Explore the Whitsundays Hinterland Region

    Further inland, the Whitsunday Region is home to picturesque country towns and farms that produce sugar cane, fruit and veg, and cattle.

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  • Tour North Queensland by Air

    Daintree Air Service is one of the longest running air charter companies operating in Australia under one management team.

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  • Cruise the Whitsundays

    Thinking about visiting the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach and islands? Enjoy a range of day cruises and Island Resort connections with one of the region’s most experienced operators

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Places to stay

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

25-29 Shute Harbour Rd, Cannonvale

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Discovery Parks - Airlie Beach

Cnr Ferntree & Shute Harbour Roads, Airlie Beach

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BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort

2955 Shute Harbour Rd, Flametree

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