5 Things to See and Do in the Whitsundays

Whitehaven boasts seven kilometres of pristine silica sand flanked by sparkling and calm turquoise water.

Explore the Great Barrier Reef

Visible from outer space, the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Stretching for more than 2000 kilometres, the Aussie icon is an aquatic wonderland, teeming with marine lifeencompassing everything from microscopic plankton to gigantic whales. Protecting the nearby coast and islands from huge ocean swells, the water surrounding the Great Barrier Reef is smooth and safe, and provide perfect conditions for snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing.

Visit Hamilton Island

It's for good reason that Hamilton Island carries the slogan, “Where in the world would you rather be?” Situated in the heart of the Whitsunday archipelago, surrounded by sapphire ocean, white-sand beaches and captivating coral reefs, Hamilton Island is a spellbinding destination. The island boasts an idyllic year-round climate, perfect for family, romantic and active getaways. Discover unique flora and fauna. Relax in world-class resorts. Snorkel crystal-clear waters. And indulge in first-rate food and wine experiences.

Visit Hayman Island

Hayman Island is Australia’s most awarded private island destination. Home to palm-fringed beaches, tropical gardens and native bushland, the northern most island of the Whitsunday group epitomises tropical paradise. Setting a world standard for service and hospitality, Hayman Island is Australia’s most awarded five-star resort, featuring unsurpassed luxury, relaxation and dining. Guests can enlist in water sports and bush walks, and unwind at night with fine wine and award-winning delicacies.

Uncover Whitehaven Beach

Heralded as one of the Whitsundays’ top attractions, Whitehaven Beach is an experience not to be missed. Located on Whitsunday Island  the largest of the 74 islands  Whitehaven boasts seven kilometres of pristine silica sand flanked by sparkling and calm turquoise water. One of the world’s most photographed beaches, Whitehaven Beach was named TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice top beach in Australia and number three in the world for 2013. Take in the beauty of Whitehaven Beach from above with an extraordinary view from a seaplane.

Stay at qualia

Voted by Condé Nast Traveler readers as ‘Best Resort in the World for 2012’, qualia exudes luxury and tranquility. Situated on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island, and surrounded by the splendour of the Great Barrier Reef, the adults-only resort offers a mesmerising setting. Boasting one-bedroom and two-bedroom accommodations, infinity-edge swimming pools, a library, two restaurants, a private gym, a spa and private boutique shopping, qualia is Hamilton Island’s most exclusive haven.

Words by Alice Nash - Published 10 May 2013
Quick Facts 
Population Largely influenced by Tourism
Time Zone GMT +10
Languages English (official)
Currency Australian dollar (AUD)
Electricity 220 – 240v 50Hz
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