The Best of the Whitsundays

The Whitsundays region is famous for its natural beauty and easy access to the Great Barrier Reef. It boasts 74 tropical islands and some of the most spectacular beaches on Earth. If you’re planning a visit, here are some ideas to make the most of this magical slice of Queensland…

Trip Advisor has named it “Best Beach in the South Pacific” and “Best Beach in Australia”. It might sound too good to be true, but Whitehaven Beach is everything you could want…and more! It’s seven kilometres of white silica sand and crystal clear waters. Untouched by development. Totally pristine and utterly spectacular. Various tours run to the beach. If you’re after an action-packed visit, then try out Ocean Rafting.

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. 2000kms of underwater beauty that should be on everyone’s bucket list. The reef is easily accessible from all the Whitsunday Islands and from Airlie Beach. Cruise Whitsundays offer half and full day reef experiences to their pontoon and guests can spend hours snorkelling and scuba diving on the reef.

Enjoying the waters in and around the Whitsunday Islands is a terrific way to spend any holiday. There are so many options for tourists, it’s sometimes hard to choose! For those wanting to spoil themselves with some luxury, Ocean Dynamics could be right up your alley. You can charter their 60 foot Maratimo super yacht and create a bespoke experience of your dreams! Another terrific option is sailing around the islands on a tall ship. Hoist the sails, then relax in a hammock as the wind whisks you away on an unforgettable journey.

What would a Whitsundays holiday without food, specifically seafood? Fish D’vine in Airlie Beach serves up the Whitsundays on a plate! The freshest local produce, seafood caught off shore and a rum bar that serves up over 560 varieties.

The Whitsundays may be famous for its islands and reef, but the coastline is also home to some stunning small towns, like Bowen.  It has a range of accommodation options including caravan parks and four-star beach side apartments. Bowen stood in for 1940s Darwin during the filming of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Australia’ starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. The world premiere was also held in  Bowen, at the local movie theatre. The beautiful art deco theatre goes back almost 70 years and is the only cinema in the region. So if you want a night at the movies in paradise, look no further!

Written by Paul Mayze