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Where are the Whitsundays?


Dreaming up a tropical escape to the Whitsundays, home to the pure silica sands of Whitehaven Beach and dreamy Whitsunday Islands that surround you.

a group of people walking on a beach near a body of water


The Whitsundays is situated in the heart of the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef, located along Queensland’s central coast, approximately 1100 kilometres north of Queensland’s capital city Brisbane, and 600 kilometres south of Cairns. The region offers kilometres of picturesque coastlines and calm waters, that are easily accessible from the relaxed, coastal townships of Airlie Beach and Bowen.

Located a short boat trip away are the 74 tropical islands of the Whitsundays, eight of which are inhibited and boast unique fringing reef ecosystems to explore, world-class accommodation options, and multitudes of dining and drinking venues.


The incredible wonder of Whitsunday Island, the largest of Whitsunday’s 74 tropical islands, is a popular destination for travellers eager to experience the pure silica sands of Whitehaven Beach and mirage of swirling turquoise lagoons from Hill Inlet Lookout.

It is recommended that travellers eager to tick the Whitsundays region off their bucket lists leave enough time to truly explore all the region has to offer, from the coast to hinterland, and have a day or two to sit back, relax, and take it all in!

Getting to the Whitsundays is easily accessible by both air and major highways. However, travellers often mistake the time needed to travel to the region from Queensland’s major cities, along the thousands of kilometres long Eastern coastline. Let the locals recommend the most convenient air travel options to either Proserpine or Hamilton Island Airport, highways to the region’s coastal townships, and ferry options to luxe islands of the Whitsundays!

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