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  • Whitehaven Island - famous for its white sand beach is an ideal inclusion for all Australia vacations.
  • Aerial views of the Whitsunday Islands
  • Humpback whale breaching
  • Swim-up bar in the tropical Whitsundays
  • Located 900km north of Brisbane between Bowen and Mackay
  • Sea plane anchored on Whitehaven Beach

The Whitsundays Islands are a popular tourist destination on Australia vacations off the central coast of Queensland and a collection of 74 islands spread across the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea. Most of the islands are deserted but there are eight that offer accommodation and tourist facilities.
They also all offer great beaches and an intimate atmosphere and can be visited either by taking a cruise or a stay put Australia vacation.

The Whitsundays are centred on Whitsunday Island but the commercial and most important island is Hamilton Island. Also the largest of the Whitsunday Islands, of which 70% is national park, Hamilton Island offers natural beauty and good scenic walks. There is also a quality golf course here.

Hayman Island is the most northern island and is the epitome of a tropical paradise. Activities include everything from bushwalks to excellent diving and snorkeling.

Daydream Island is a haven for wildlife lovers, where it's possible to hand-feed stingrays, sharks, and fish, and where it's not unusual to see dolphins and turtles in the nearby waters.

Long Island (no, not that one!) is closest to the mainland and is a great destination for hikers. Palm Bay is one of its secluded delights, showing off the Whitsundays at their very best.

Airlie Beach is located on the mainland itself and is the jumping off point for many Whitsunday and Great Barrier Reef excursions. If you'd rather stay in a local community rather than at a resort, while still having the Whitsundays at your fingertips, Airlie Beach is a great option.

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Whitsundays

  • Airlie Beach: Whitsunday Bliss

    Embark on a deluxe chartered sailing tour through the Whitsundays. Enjoy luxury accommodations aboard the Whitsunday Bliss as you sail between the islands, stop off at beaches to swim and snorkel, and visit world-famous landmarks like Whitehaven Beach.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,076
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Airlie Beach: Kiana Sail and Dive Adventure

    Sail onto the open waters of the Whitsundays to snorkel through coral reefs and experience the incredible climate of this coastal island chain. This Australia vacation takes you to dive sites across the Whitsundays and stops off at world-famous islands and beaches along the way.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 773
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Brisbane or Cairns: Tropical Adventure Epic Trip for 18 - 39 Year Olds

    Heads up, sun seekers! Your tropical Queensland vacation is here! Set out from either Brisbane or Cairns and discover the best sights and most memorable experiences of Queensland’s diverse coastline. Hit the dunes and discover the history of Fraser Island, sail the Whitsundays, and explore the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,188
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring
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  • Classic Aussie Sailing

    A 2 day, 1 night cruise to the Great Barrier Reef to snorkel or simply enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of the Reef while anchored in a picturesque bay offering unspoilt beaches.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 285
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Single Friendly
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  • Daydream Island Escape

    Escape from your daily life with a stay on Daydream Island. Relax in the world-class resort and take advantage of its premium amenities while you explore the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel through coral gardens, feed sharks and stingrays, and enjoy the year-round warm temperatures of the Whitsundays.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 387
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • East Coast Vibes: Sydney to Cairns

    Get ready for sun-soaked beach parties, swim stops, and a whole bunch of adrenaline-fueled activities as you take on Australia’s East Coast. On this adventure from Sydney to Cairns, you’ll try your hand at surfing, spot wildlife, suntan on famous Airlie Beach, and explore the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    16 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,037
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Ideas for 18 to 30 Somethings
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  • Hamilton Island

    Perfectly situated in the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: great weather, brilliant beaches, coral reefs and wildlife as well as numerous activities.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 637
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Romance & Honeymoon, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Hamilton Island: Qualia: Stay of Distinction

    Hamilton Island has become the byword for luxury on the Great Barrier Reef. Qualia, on the island’s northern tip takes the concept one step further.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,449
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Luxury and Beyond, Stays of Distinction
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  • Hayman Island Stay of Distinction

    Australia’s most iconic private island resort returns, re-imagined and better than ever. From 1 July 2019, Hayman Island welcomes you to its oasis of serenity and beauty. Surrounded by verdant slopes, crescent-shaped white beaches, and celestial-blue sea, Hayman® Island by InterContinental offers an all-sensory experience.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,111
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Romance & Honeymoon, Stays of Distinction
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  • Island Tracks

    Enjoy riding the new Spirit of Queensland Train as you travel from Cairns to Fraser Island stopping at Hamilton Island before heading to Sydney to see the incredible sights.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,855
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Pacific Coast Explorer Self Drive: 14 Days from Sydney

    Explore Australia’s Pacific Coast by embarking on a self-drive holiday. Begin in Sydney then discover sights like Hunter Valley, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast before arriving in Cairns.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,369
    Trip Type:
    Self-Drives
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  • Pacific Coast Explorer Self Drive: 9 Days

    Drive the Pacific Coast and get to know its many highlights travelling from Brisbane to Cairns with stops at Fraser Island and Rockhampton, the Whitsundays, Townsville and Mission Beach.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 949
    Trip Type:
    Self-Drives, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Reefsleep Overnight Experience

    This is a totally unique experience just right for nature lovers and those that appreciate the outdoors. If a scuba diver or snorkeler, this will be your paradise along with a truly wonderful collection of tropical fish swimming among the coral reefs.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 385
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Single Friendly
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  • Value East Coast Discovery: Gold Coast to Cairns

    Travel Australia’s beautiful east coast and explore its tropical wildlife and landscape. Start at the surfers’ hub of the Gold Coast, then head north through the laidback Sunshine Coast and Rockhampton before reaching Cairns and the incredible natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,883
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Value Grand Australia: Escorted Vacation: Cairns to Sydney

    Join an extended tour of the Queensland Coast and the Great Barrier Reef and experience tropical resorts, some on the Reef itself. You will discover rainforests and tablelands as well as visit Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo and have time to enjoy swimming, water sports and more.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,675
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly
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  • Value Grand Australia: Escorted Vacation: Sydney to Alice Springs

    From sparkling Sydney to the red centre, discover Australia in detail on this amazing journey.
    Duration:
    17 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,336
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly
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  • Whitsunday Getaway Cruise from Airlie Beach

    One of Queensland’s favourite getaways, the Whitsundays offer the Great Barrier Reef with an extra coat of luxury.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 611
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Whitsundays Escape

    Indulge in the Whitsundays mainland, a vibrant village with thriving community markets. Enjoy a helicopter ride to a deserted beach or explore the rainforest, the choice is yours.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 346
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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