Whitsunday Islands Australia

Whitsunday Islands Australia is one of the best destinations ever. 

Whitsundays is a fantastic, world famous destination in north Queensland.


People love to come here to take trips to different islands, out to the Great Barrier Reef, get married, or just relax and enjoy the views and the holiday atmosphere. Daydream, Hamilton and Long Island are reached by ferries while others can be visited with tour operators, resorts' vessels or water taxi - that's unless you have a yacht - a very popular means of transport in the Whitsundays.

Aerial of the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Coast, Queensland, Australia
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Airlie Beach Australia

Airlie Beach on the mainland is not only the gateway to the islands, it’s a tourist town with plenty of accommodation, bars and restaurants, a lively night life and a stinger-free lagoon to swim in.

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As in many Australian tourist towns, there is a wildlife park where you can see Australian animals, cuddle a koala and watch the crocs being fed, and next door is a Fun Park with a large water slide.

Sea Plane and Yacht, Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia, Pacific
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Whitsunday Islands Australia - Airlie Beach Accommodation
Budget accommodation in Airlie Beach includes Airlie Waterfront Backpackers, Beaches Backpackers, Koala Beach Resort, Club Croc Hostel and Nomads Backpacker Resort.


Hotels and motels include Airlie Beach Hotel, Best Western Coral Palms, Best Western Mango Lodge and Airlie Beach Motor Lodge.

Bed and Breakfasts include Bed and Breakfast Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Moorings B&B, Myaura B&B, Airlie Waterfront B&B, and Whitesunday Organic B&B.


There are some resorts such as Boathaven Spa, Coral Sea Resort, Base Airlie Resort, Blue Horizon, Kipara Tropical Rainforest Retreat, Pinnacles Resort, Toscana Village Resort, Water's Edge Resort, Shingley Beach Resort, Q Resorts Whitsunday Terraces, Peppers Coral Coast Resort, Mediterranian Resort, Waterfront Whitsunday Retreat, Whitsunday Vista Resort and Whitsunday Wanderers Resort;

And holiday apartments include Airile Apartments, Boathouse Apartments, Coral Sea Vista Apartments, Portside Whitsunday Apartments, Whitsunday On the Beach Apartments, Whitsunday Reflections Apartments, Summit Apartments, Searene Apartments, Sea Star Apartments, Peninsula Airlie Beach Apartments, Martinique Apartments, Marina Shores Apartments, Grand Mercure Azure Sea Apartments, and Airlie Court Holiday Units.

There is no camping in Airlie Beach but close to the town are a few caravan parks like Shute Harbour Gardens Caravan Park, Island Gateway Holiday Park and Flame Tree Tourist Village.

Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia
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Whitsunday Islands Australia - Boat Charters and Tours
And there are many different ways to visit the islands. You can take sailing trips, cruising trips and even helicopter flights to discover the islands. You can also take crocodile watching trips and even Great Barrier Reef trips. But the best way to visit as many islands as possible in a short time, is to take a island hopper pass.

Marina, Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia
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Here are a few great tours that save you time and give you a day you will remember:

SAILING

CRUISES

GREAT BARRIER REEF TRIPS

CROCODILE WATCHING

HELICOPTER FLIGHTS

ISLAND HOPPER PASS


Whitsunday Islands Australia - Hamilton 
Hamilton Island is the most heavily developed one of all the islands. It’s really a small town with accommodation for more than 2000 people, high-rise tower blocks, shops, restaurants and bars, and a wide range of water sports. Hamilton also caters for families with a day care centre and a free Fun Club for kids. And there are many different places to stay: Palm Bungalows, Hamilton Island Villas, Palm Bungalows, Whitsunday Holiday Apartments, Hamilton Island Holiday Homes, Qualia Resort, Reef View Retreat, and The Beach Club. You don't have to take a tour to visit Hamilton - you can catch different ferries from Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour.

Hamilton Harbour on Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
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Whitsunday Islands Australia - Hayman Island
The most expensive of the islands, with the most luxurious accommodation is Hayman. Hayman Resort is the only place to stay on the island, and the resort guests have free use of windsurfers, paddle skis and catamarans. There are also tennis, squash and golf clubs, an 8km-long bushwalk and dinghies can be hired with fishing gear. No ferries come here but the resort has a luxury vessel to take you to the island.

Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia
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Whitsunday Islands Australia - Daydream Island
The tiny Daydream Island is a popular day trip destination from Airlie Beach. But you can also stay on the island - the only place to stay is Daydream Island Resort. Things to do include the usual watersports and a few bushwalks, which take no longer than 30 minutes in total. And if you just want to relax and do nothing, you can be laying in a hammock with ocean views. The island is close to the shore and reached by regular ferries.

Float Plane on Beach, Hayman Island Resort, Whitsundays, Hayman Island, Queensland, Australia
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Whitsunday Islands Australia: Lindeman Island
Lindeman Island is one of the southernmost ones of the Whitsunday Islands, and most of it is national park, with 20km of walking trails to small bays and beaches. It has the oldest Club Med Resort in Australia, with three-storey accommodation blocks, restaurants, a swimming pool and nightly entertainment. There is also a golf course, tennis courts and watersports, dive courses and snorkelling tours. Lindeman Island Island Air Taxis fly to Lindeman Island from Shute Harbour; and Whitsunday Allover does day trips. Update: The resort is currently closed (2012).

Beach at Catseye Bay on the Great Barrier Reef,Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia
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Whitsunday Islands Australia: Hook Island
Hook Island is the second largest of the islands, with some good beaches and some of the area's best diving and snorkelling spots. It is a low-key island, having the cheapest resort in the Whitsundays – Hook Island Resort, and you can camp in the national park. If you are on a low budget and like bush camping, Hook is a good island to visit.

View Over Bauer Bay, South Molle Island, Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia
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Whitsunday Islands Australia: Long Island Whitsundays
Long Island is smaller, and a bit more expensive than Hook, but it is still relatively low key. Long Island is mostly national park with some nice views along the walking tracks, and you can hire dinghies, jet skis and the usual watersports’ equipment. Long Island Resort has accommodation as well as swimming pools, tennis courts, mini golf and a gym. You don't have to take a tour to get here - just catch a ferry.

View to Planton Island, South Molle Island, Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia, Pacific
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Whitsunday Islands Australia: South Molle Island Resort Whitsundays
South Molle Island is bushwalkers’ and birdwatchers’ paradise – if you like nature, South Molle is a good one. The island is full of walking tracks with some good views over the blue ocean and a lot of birdlife. South Molle Island Resort is the only resort on the island and apart from the accommodation, it has a swimming pool, a gym, tennis and squash courts, and water sports gear for hire.

View over Oyster Bay, South Molle Island, Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia, Pacific
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Whitsunday Islands Australia - Whitsunday Island
And finally, the Whitsunday Island is the largest and emptiest of all of the Whitsunday Islands. There is no resort, there is plenty of bushwalking, there is the 6km-long white-sand Whitehaven Beach, and there are national parks camping grounds. You can get here with tour operators or water taxi.

Whitehaven Beach on the East Coast, Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia
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Here's a map of Whitsundays, where I have tagged the places that I mentioned on this web page. You can click on the tags to see what places they are, and double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.

 
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