The Whitsundays is a region with a diverse offering of experiences making it the ideal destination for just about everyone. Home to world-famous Whitehaven Beach and a gateway to the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef, along with 74 islands and four distinctly different townships, the Whitsundays really does have something for everyone. Get ready to party in paradise.
If you’re dreaming of a tropical paradise getaway, look no further than Airlie Beach. This picturesque coastal town, nestled along Australia’s famous Great Barrier Reef, is a dream destination for beach lovers and adventure seekers alike. Airlie Beach offers a vibrant blend of stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a lively atmosphere that is bound to make your vacation unforgettable.
Now is the perfect time to visit with this weekend’s Airlie Beach Festival of Music. Featuring a huge range of Australia’s top music artists, this line up is not to missed. With a welcoming community and a laid-back vibe, Airlie Beach is the perfect escape to unwind, soak up the sun, rock out and create memories to last a lifetime.
Take a step back and relax into beachside luxury in Bowen, the town at the top of The Whitsundays. Known for its incredible produce farming, Bowen supplies vegetables and fruits to domestic and international retailers.
An historic town associated with big names, Bowen is a favourite amongst Whitsundays locals and is home to the Big Mango, that stands big and proud on the southern side of town and celebrates the Kensington Pride of Bowen Special mango variety that was developed in Bowen.
Head inland from Bowen to the historic township of Collinsville, founded in the late 1800s and home to the last Pit Ponies in Australia, Collinsville is the heart of History in The Whitsundays. Capitalising on her historic charm, the Number One Mine Site is a Heritage Listed site that gives a glimpse into what mining life was like in the times of steam and horsepower.
Standing at the top of town and greeting all who pass is the town’s tribute to the long-serving Pit Ponies, a life-size statue built on community funds that tells the story of the Pit Ponies in Collinsville mines.
Completing The Whitsundays is Proserpine. A sugar cane and grazing town centred on old-fashioned hospitality and a dedication to the land. An Art-Deco main street invites shoppers to wander the variety of retailers and stop for a coffee and cake at the local bakery or café.
Head out of town 20mins, and you’ll find the truly peaceful Lake Proserpine. Home to the most +1m Barramundi of any impoundment in Australia, the lake is popular with fishermen competing with each other for the biggest fish. A recently opened camping ground gives extended stays to those who want to get back to nature or are still after the elusive Barra.
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