It doesn’t get much more perfect than the Whitsundays. Just 55 kilometres off the Queensland coast, nestled next to the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays is an archipelago of 74 pristine tropical islands. Visitors from Australia and beyond flock to the idyllic islands of the Whitsundays year-round, being drawn to the crystalline turquoise waters to swim, snorkel, dive and sail. There is an island for everyone, with options for families, and those looking for seclusion, adventure, wilderness, festivities or rejuvenation. Popular islands for extended stays are Daydream Island and Hamilton Island. Day trippers seek out the endless expanse of sun-kissed silica sand on Whitehaven Beach or fly over the romantic Heart Reef. Make sure you add a Whitsunday tour to your wanderlust list; it’s an undeniably special corner of the world.
Arrive in Townsville to join our opulent Diamond Class coach while we travel along the coastline. Visiting iconic sites on Magnetic Island where we enjoy a fast-cats ferry. Enjoy some time exploring all that Airlie Beach has to offer with a trip to Whitsundays to experience the white sands of Whitehaven Beach. We then make our way towards Mackay where we visit the Cape Hillsborough National Park, enjoying a guided tour of Sarina Sugar Shed before heading to Mackay Airport for our flights home.
You can reach the Whitsundays by plane, boat, car or train. Direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns can take you to Hamilton Island or Proserpine. From Proserpine, it’s a short 30-minute drive to Airlie Beach on the Whitsunday Coast. Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and attracts a steady stream of visitors heading off-shore and backpackers looking for some fun in the summer sun. Travelling by car, Airlie Beach is an 1100km (12 plus hour) journey north of Brisbane. Another option is to catch The Spirit of Queensland rail journey from Brisbane to Proserpine.
There are plenty of ways to see the Whitsundays with Fun Over 50 Holidays. You’ll find all of the details in our list of holiday packages.
From Airlie Beach, ferries can whisk you to your island of choice. Hamilton Island and Daydream Island are popular choices. With world-class resorts and facilities, they offer a plethora of activities onshore and off. More off-the-grid accommodations include uninhabited Hook Island, overnight reef stays, and Whitsunday sailing holidays.
When planning your Whitsunday holiday package, be sure to include a tour to the outer Great Barrier Reef to encounter an extraordinary array of marine life, factor in a day relaxing on Whitehaven Beach, and take to the skies in a seaplane to get a bird’s eye view of the tropical paradise that is the Whitsundays and her neighbour, the breath-taking Great Barrier Reef.
You can visit the Whitsundays at any time of year, the temperate sub-tropical climate makes for balmy winter days, and cool ocean breezes take the sting out of the hot Queensland summer. School holidays tend to be busy, so planning around them can help you avoid the crowds.
Yes, there are various accommodation options in the Whitsundays to suit different budgets and preferences. These include luxury resorts, boutique hotels, holiday apartments, and camping facilities on some of the islands. Accommodations are available on Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, and the mainland town of Airlie Beach, among others. More off-the-grid accommodations include uninhabited Hook Island, overnight reef stays, and Whitsunday sailing holidays.
The Whitsundays boast diverse wildlife both in the surrounding waters and on land. Marine life includes colourful coral reefs, fish species like clownfish and turtles, and occasional sightings of whales and dolphins. On the islands, you'll find a variety of birds, reptiles, marsupials, and intriguing insects. Responsible tourism practices are vital to preserve this rich ecosystem.
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