We’ve all dreamed of a tropical island holiday at least once or twice, but imagine one that comes with not one or two, but 74 tropical islands! Welcome to the Whitsundays, off Queensland’s central coast. This chain of mostly uninhabited islands – many of which are national parks – delivers stunning scenery with long stretches of velvety white sand, clear turquoise waters and postcard perfect views in every direction.
The Great Barrier Reef is of course the region’s main attraction, while the nearby Whitsunday Islands offer a more serene and peaceful experience, with boating and leisure above the water the focus. Sailing is the most popular attraction in the Whitsundays and you can charter a yacht, rent and drive one yourself or even bring your own! You can also experience the islands in smaller craft – by jet skiing across the waves or taking in the true majesty of the islands with a scenic flight.
Four of the islands are inhabited and home to some of Australia’s most renowned holiday resorts. Daydream Island, Hamilton Island, Hayman Island and Long Island offer a wide range of accommodation in spectacular surrounds with lush national parklands and secluded beaches at your door and fringing coral reefs just a short swim away.
The islands cater for families, honeymooners, party boats and yachting enthusiasts in equal measure and, despite the contrasts of these, do so elegantly and harmoniously. Dine at one of the many restaurants on the islands or unwind in the resorts’ day spas. Whether you’re taking a much needed holiday, a spa trip with friends or indulging in a five-star wedding to remember, the Whitsunday Islands will cater to your every need and captivate you a little more as each day passes. In the end you will find it impossible to leave.