Discover The Whitsundays

The adults-only retreat caters to those seeking solitude and rejuvenation with high-end luxurious facilities and a tranquil atmosphere.

Situated off Queensland’s Central Coast, the 74 island wonders encompass a magnificent natural landscape of secluded beaches and unspoilt national park landthe perfect setting for a relaxed or romantic holiday, or one packed with action and adventure.

Surrounded by the warm Coral Sea, at the heart of world famous Great Barrier Reef, The Whitsundays are a water-lover’s wonderland. 

Discover the archipelago’s intoxicating diversity from aboard a sailboat. Circumnavigate Hamilton Island, via Fitzalan, Perseverance, Dent and Cowrie Islands, on a catamaran outing. Or join a majestic tall ship voyage, touring premier marine sanctuaries like Langford Reef, Bali Hai, Blue Pearl Bay, and Caves Cove. 

Take in the beauty of the crystal, aqua and indigo waters with an up-close-and-personal experience. Hire a jet ski or kayak and meander throughout the atolls. Indulge in the islands’ striking marine scenery, guided by a local dive operator. Or swim in the clear shallows of one of the world’s most pristine beaches, Whitehaven Beach. 

While outstanding natural settings and scenery attract first time visitors, a variety of resort-style accommodations keep them coming back for more. Most of The Whitsundays are deserted, however seven islands  including Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, Daydream Island, Long Island, Lindeman Island, Brampton Island, and South Molle Island  boast exceptional resort facilities. 

Situated in the heart of the archipelago, Hamilton Island is The Whitsundays’ most popular resort atoll. The island hosts six styles of accommodation, covering everything from exclusive and luxurious to affordable and family-friendly, as well as self-catered apartment living.  

Voted by Condé Nast Traveler readers as the 'Best Resort in the World for 2012', qualia is the shining star of Hamilton Island. The adults-only retreat caters to those seeking solitude and rejuvenation with high-end luxurious facilities and a tranquil atmosphere. 

The most northerly of the Whitsunday Islands, Hayman Island is a private holiday destination that sets a world standard for service and hospitality. Home to Australia’s most awarded five-star resort, Hayman, the island offers unparalleled luxury, relaxation and dining.

One of the closest islands to the coast, Daydream Island is a popular family holiday haunt. Daydream Island Resort and Spa completely inhabits the island, giving resort guests and day-trip visitors exclusive access to stingray and shark feeding shows, open air cinema showings, rainforest walks and man-made outdoor aquarium, the Living Reef.  

Encompassing paradisiacal natural settings and brimming with world-class resort facilities The Whitsundays are a spellbinding island group worth discovering on your next holiday.  

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Words by Alice Nash - Published 4 November 2013
Quick Facts 
Population Approx 5,000 (Proserpine)
Area 2,650 km2 (Whitsunday shire)
Time Zone GMT +10
Languages English (official)
Currency Australian dollar (AUD)
Electricity 220 – 240v 50Hz
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