The famous Whitsundays are located off of the aptly named Whitsunday Coast, in Queensland. There are 74 different islands which make up the Whitsundays, all offering fabulous scenery and many with accommodation.
The Whitsunday Islands were originally formed by volcanic action. However, after the last glacial period (30 to 50 000 years ago) the sea level rose, leaving the higher coastal peaks as islands.
In 1770, the Cumberland Islands were discovered by Lieutenant James Cook. On Whit Sunday Lt. Cook sailed through and named the passage between the northern islands, the Whitsunday Passage. Later, once surveyed, the Cumberland Islands were divided into smaller groups - the Whitsunday Group, the Lindeman Group, the Anchor Islands and the Sir James Smith Group.
There are resorts on Daydream Island, Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, Hook Island, Lindeman Island, Long Island and South Molle Island. The resorts do work out quite expensive, although camping is also available.
You can camp on Denman Island, Henning Island, Hook Island, Lindeman Island, Long Island, North Molle Island, Planton Island, Shaw Island, South Molle Island, South Repulse Island, Tancred Island, Thomas Island and Whitsunday Island. You can book camping and buy camping permits from the EPA.
If you can't stay on one of the Whitsunday Islands, you definitely must join one of the many cruises out to the Whitsundays. There are both day trips and longer trips, as well as sunset cruises allowing you to experience the beauty of the sun setting over the Whistundays. Spectacular!
Daydream Island is a tiny island with a fantastic family orientated resort called the Daydream Island International Resort. There are plenty of activities which you can get involved in set amongst the fabulous scenery of the beautiful island.
Hamilton Island is well developed with its own airport on the island. Literally any activity is possible on Hamilton Island including fishing, helicopter rides, scuba diving, parasailing and much more. There is plenty of accommodation on the island and a number of restaurants around the islands 'town'. Flights to the island are available from both Qantas and Hamilton Island Aviation.
Hayman Island is the northernmost Whitsunday Island and is only 4 square kilometres. There are a number of small coves and coral beaches that surround the island, making it a fantastic places for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Hook Island is the second largest island after Whitsunday Island, and is made up of spectacular National Park and fabulous beaches. You can camp on the island or stay at the Hook Island Wilderness Resort.
Lindeman Island is one of the southernmost Whitsunday Islands. The island is made up of National park, which is wonderful to explore. The Club Med Resort offers accommodation and non stop activities. You can fly to the island by Air Taxi.
Long Island is mainly National Park with fantastic rainforest and bushland walking tracks. There are three resorts on the island, two at the Northern end of the island and one at the southern end. In the north is the lively Club Crocodile Resort offering pools, tennis courts, restaurants and water activities, and the more relaxing Long Island Palm Bay Hideaway. South Long Island Nature Lodge offers beach cabins on the glorious beaches of the southern part of the island.
South Molle Island offers great beaches and some good walking trails around the islands fantastic National Park. The South Molle Island Resort offers various sporting activities including golf (just watch out for the water).
Whitsunday Island is the largest of all of the Whitsunday Islands. This being so there is no accommodation on the island, as it is all National Park. However, you can camp at several places on the island with Dugong, Joes, and Sawmill Beaches offering water supplies. More fabulous beaches cover the 'desert' island.
Destinations within Whitsunday Coast
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|Conway NP||Eton||Eungella National Park|
|Finch Hatton||Finch Hatton Gorge||Gargett|