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Whitsunday Islands Tourism And Travel Guide
17.4° C / 63.4° F
September to October
3 to 4 Days
Great Barrier Reef (14 kms)
Proserpine (25.5 kms)
The Whitsunday Islands is a tropical paradise in the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia. Explore this fascinating and unspoilt archipelago through palm-fringed beaches, splendid nightlife, 4 luxurious resort sites and beautiful snorkelling spots. There's nothing quite like a bird's eye view of the Whitsunday Islands from the sky. Visit Whitsunday's mesmerising beaches and man-made lagoons to unwind and relax. This tropical paradise is perfect for all kinds of tourists from all around the world. You can find infinite seafood delicacies here along with a few Indian restaurants. The highlight of Whitsunday tourism is the water adventures at Airlie Beach and Great Barrier Reef, bareboating around the islands and seaplane rides from up above. Know more about Whitsunday Islands in the travel guide below.
How To Reach
Reach Whitsunday Islands fastest via Air. You'll not find a direct flight from India, but you can book a flight to Australia and then take a domestic flight from any major city of Australia. There are two main airports in Whitsundays - Great Barrier Reef Airport (14 km away from Whitsundays) and Whitsunday Coast Airport (20 km away from Whitsundays). It takes 1/2 an hour from Cairns, 1.5 hours from Brisbane, 2 hours from Sydney and 3 hours from Adelaide to reach Whitsundays.
Bruce Highway connects all the important cities of Queensland with Whitsunday Islands. This central coast of Queensland can be reached via Road but it takes a little more time. Greyhound Australia is the major bus operator in Australia which can be booked to reach Whitsunday Islands or Airlie Beach. If you're willing to explore on your own, then hire a rental car to reach Whitsundays via road.
Once you reach any airport of Whitsunday Islands, you can then take a ferry or yacht to reach your desired destination. Many operators offer hourly commute from Hamilton Island to other destinations. It takes 20 mins to an hour to reach various destinations of Whitsunday Islands through waterways. You can also hire a yacht or ferry all by yourself and take around anywhere in Whitsundays.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
With abundance of sunshine, Whitsunday Islands is a perfect destination for beach babies. Whitsundays have sub-tropical warm climate almost all round the year with an average temperature of 25°C. Summers are dominating the place, with almost six months of humid heat. The best month to discover the natural beauty of Whitsunday Islands is therefore winter from April to August, followed by Spring in September. With the weather being sunny all round the year, you must carry casual clothes, SPF, sunglasses and hat to save yourself from sunburn or tanning. You can also enjoy the tropical lifestyle of Whitsundays in the warm water with 25°C temperature.
Things To Do
Explore the Island from Up Above:
Have a scenic seaplane ride from Whitsunday Airport and explore the island from up above. These seaplane trips take you over the Whitsunday Island, Whitehaven Beach, Bait Reef, Heart Reef, Hardy Reef and Hill Inlet. These rides can be booked for 1 hour, 2.5 hours or half a day, every day!
Explore the Whitsunday Islands with your own private yacht! You can glide through the crystal clear water of this tropical paradise with no license. Bareboating charges differ from season to season. So pick the right yacht, and take your crew along to experience something extremely different from what you have had before.
Unwind at Beaches:
Whitsunday Islands is literally every shade of blue imaginable. You can unwind at Australia's #1 Whitehaven Beach or Airlie Beach. Sink your feet in the whitest sands with your friends or family. If you want to see the beauty of Whitsundays, witness it through the beaches.
Snorkel at Great Barrier Reef:
The beautiful Great Barrier Reef is the perfect spot for snorkelling. The view is breathtaking and can be witnessed even if you don't know how to swim. These tours start from Cairns and at a minimum cost of AUS $100. You simply can't miss out on this experience!
Where To Eat
Dig into the delectable meals at infinite restaurants in Whitsunday Islands! From perfect romantic dinners to crazy partying clubs to casual food with friends, Whitsundays offer you some of the best meal experiences with all kind of cuisines. Get the taste of luxury at Hamilton Resort, eat Japanese at Sono Japanese Restaurant, have a ‘sea’ food diet at Fish D’vine and Rum Bar, try authentic Italian cuisine at La Tabella Trattoria and much more! You’ll find most of the restaurants at Airlie Beach - where you can watch sunsets and enjoy your dinner. If you’re craving for Indian food, you have three options - Lovely India, Tandoori Place and Indian Summer. You can’t miss to explore Airlie’s street food and regional dining experience.
Where to Shop
Whitsunday Islands have more of individually-owned stores with distinct styles and products. Local artefacts, artworks, homewares and jewellery products can be explored more in Whitsundays. You’ll find a few souvenir shops storing swimwear, sandals, sunhats and sarongs. All these souvenirs and individually-owned shops can be found in the main street of Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island. Find yourself digging into art decor shops and clothing boutiques in Whitsunday Islands.