Whitsundays – 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, is famous for the reef, the islands, beaches, and for sailing, including Hamilton Island Race Week and Airlie Beach Race Week.
The reef itself is one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and with an overall length of 2300km, it is home of the world’s largest and most diverse coral and marine life ecosystems. The reef is protected as part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. To further guarantee the long-term beauty and value of the natural environment, national parks cover the majority of the 74 islands in the Whitsunday chain. The calm and 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’s Whitsunday coast is home to around 35,000 residents and has developed to accommodate the most desired lifestyles, whether that be the adventurous outdoors or the calm relaxation such as naturally serene environment offers. Supporting those lifestyles are developed resorts on the mainland and on some islands (Hayman, Hamilton, Daydream, and Long) and natural icons like Whitehaven Beach, whose pure white silica sand and crystal clear water earned the ranking of fifth best beach in the world.
For the active, the Whitsundays offers amazing snorkelling and diving below the waterline and sailing, fishing, golf, crocodile safaris, and scenic flights above. 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 (not to mention the myriad of reef fish species) in the water and some of Australia’s iconic marsupials and birdlife on land.
The region is serviced by three airports (Hamilton Island, Whitsunday, and Whitsunday Coast), with direct flights from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns helping more than 700,000 visitors from Australia and overseas into the Whitsundays. 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 who simply loves the Whitsundays and wants to share the best it has to offer with the world. The best way to bring visitors back for a return visit and to encourage them to share their experiences with friends is to make sure they get the most out of their visit. Whether it is for a day or a lifetime, the booklet’s author wants to make your stay in the Whitsundays fun, from a local’s experience and perspective. His aim is to give you as many choices as possible to fill your time, ranging from free activities like drag-netting for whiting with the kids (an adventure they will remember for a lifetime) to sipping champagne at the 6-star Qualia resort on Hamilton Island. Call 1300 773 7653 or email email@example.com to request a copy of the booklet before you visit.Download Booklet