Whitsundays, a world-class destination
The Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef consistently rate as one of the top destinations in the world. The raw beauty and diverse appeal of the region ensure that no matter what happens anywhere else on Earth, people will never stop loving the Whitsundays. By air, by land, or by sea this idyllic region captivates families from all walks of life and from all corners of the globe.
The Whitsundays, located 1100km north of Brisbane, has a wealth of claims to international renown. The reef, the islands and beaches as well as sailing (including Hamilton Island Race Week and Airlie Beach Race Week) just scratch the surface.
The 2,300km reef is one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and is home to one of the world’s largest and most diverse marine ecosystems. The reef and islands are all protected by national parks, protecting their natural beauty. The serenity of the Whitsundays is a stark contrast to the birth of the island chain. The islands between the reef and the mainland are the tops of ancient volcanoes, long since extinct and now partly submerged.
Today, the Whitsunday coast is home to around 35,000 residents. This diverse population has lead to the accommodation of a desireable lifestyle. One can live adventurously, or simply enjoy the relaxed natural environment.
For the active, the Whitsundays offers amazing adventures both above and below the waterline. Snorkelling, diving, sailing, fishing, golf, crocodile safaris, and scenic flights entertain visitors year-round. Bush walks on the island and mainland include one of Queensland’s Great Walks in Conway National Park. These activities will have you encountering some of the famous locals, including whales, turtles, dolphins, and dugongs, a myriad of reef fish species and some of Australia’s iconic marsupials and birdlife on land.
Three airports (Hamilton Island, Whitsunday and Whitsunday Coast) service the more than 800,000 visitors to the region each year. Direct links to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns have helped tourism growth in the region. You can see more about the Whitsundays’ growth here.
The train station in nearby Proserpine is a stop for the Sunlander, which services the Queensland coastline from Cairns to Brisbane. The upgraded Bruce Highway has made the fly-drive option more attractive through other regional centres on the coast.
The Island Time booklet has been composed to bring you the very best of activities, while enjoying your time in the Whitsundays.
Island Time is the project of a born-and-bred local whose love for the Whitsundays is shared in this gem, full of tips for visitors. The best way to bring visitors back for a return visit is to make sure they get the most out of their time here. So whether it is for a day or a lifetime, the booklet’s author wants to make sure visitors’ time in the Whitsundays is fun. His aim is to present as many choices as possible to create a memorable trip, all sourced from a local’s experience and perspective. Suggestions range from free, unforgettable activities like drag-netting for whiting with the kids, to sipping champagne at the 6-star Qualia resort on Hamilton Island. Call 1300 773 7653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of the booklet before you visit.Download Booklet