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The Whitsunday islands, on the tropical coast of Queensland, Australia are the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef – one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Marvel at breathtaking sights above and below the water.
Must see: 

Seeing the Great Barrier Reef is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the lucky. Take a reef adventure tour to see this fragile ecosystem while visiting the Whitsundays. Spanning 2,300 kilometres, it boasts more than 1,500 species of fish.

Must do: 

Sink your toes into the pure, silica white sands of world-famous Whitehaven Beach on the eastern side of Whitsunday Island.  Snorkel straight off the shore and swim among incredible tropical fish, turtles, rays and more.

74 island wonders

Meander at your leisure between internationally renowned resorts one day and deserted islands the next. With 74 islands to discover – and only eight inhabited – a skipper-yourself holiday to Australia’s Whitsunday islands promises the getaway of a lifetime.The Whitsunday Islands are among the best sailing destinations in the world. Nestled between the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and the coastline in the balmy waters of the Coral Sea, here the weather is perfect one day and even better the next. Sailing suits sailors of all experience levels.

Consistently rated as a top destination, the Whitsundays region is a nautical playground offering unbeatable sailing, thrilling whale-watching in winter, gentle beachcombing, energetic water sports and endless chances to explore nature. There are two spots from which to start your skipper-yourself holiday – tranquil and private Shute Harbour or exclusive Hamilton Island. Snorkelling and diving sites abound, bush walking offers unfolding panoramas and iconic Australian flora and fauna, the region is an angler’s paradise and dozens of beaches await.