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.