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Visitors are frequently humbled by the sheer ever-changing beauty of the Whitsundays. With 74 idyllic islands – including Hayman, Whitsunday, Daydream, Long, Camp – expansive tropical coastline, and the reef that surrounds it, this is an extraordinary natural paradise where unforgettable memories are forged.   

The Whitsundays is in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, 150km north of Mackay and 200km south of Townsville. The region stretches from Proserpine in the south to Bowen in the north; west from Collinsville and east to Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday islands, an archipelago of green islands and sandy atolls surrounded by tropical blue waters. The region is serviced by two airports, Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP) on the mainland in the town of Proserpine and The Great Barrier Reef Airport (HTI) on Hamilton Island

Whether sailing the turquoise waters on a sailing boat or staying at either a Whitsunday island or a mainland resort, you’re sure to leave rejuvenated. 

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Things to do

Explore from the air
One of the most incredible Whitsundays experiences is to soar above it all, where you can really witness the contrast of ocean blues, coral reef, and island paradise. Hop on a chopper or scenic flight with GSL Aviation or Air Whitsundays Seaplanes, who fly over all of the Whitsundays’ best sights. It’s an unforgettable experience to see Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach, Heart Reef and the channel at Hardy Reef from the air.
See one of the worlds most spectacular beaches
Sink your toes into the pure-white, silica sands of Whitehaven Beach - known as one of the world's most spectacular beaches. And what better way to arrive than by seaplane or helicopter?
Take to the seas
The Whitsundays is one of the best sailing destinations on earth. Whether you take the reins and skipper your own yacht - this is one of the few places in the world you can do so without a license - or head out with the professionals, there's nothing quite like spending a few days in nature's most spectacular playground, and waking up to paradise each morning
Experience the coast from a new perspective
Skydive over Whitehaven Beach or from the heart of Airlie Beach; whether its the stomach-flip or the island views, you're sure to lose your breath on this adventure - but it's one you'll never forget.
Experience all the coast of Whitsundays has to offer
With pristine landscapes clocking up beach time while in The Whitsundays is effortless. While Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet attract lots of attention, it’s well worth checking out Catseye Beach, Honeymoon Bay, Langford Island, Betty’s Beach, Blue Pearl Bay and Chance Bay.


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