At the heart of the Great Barrier Reef the 74 paradise islands of The Whitsundays chain float like jewels in the Coral Sea. Charter a yacht and discover palm-fringed islands, powder-white beaches, isolated cays and luxurious 5-star resorts. Only eight of the islands are home to tourist resorts, the rest are untouched oases.
Of the popular destinations, Hamilton Island and Hayman Island – due to re-open in 2019 – is home to some of the finest resorts in the world, while lesser-known gems such as Long Island offer equally stunning accommodation options. For pristine powder-white sands, iconic Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet should also not be missed. The Whitsunday islands are easily accessible from the mainland coast at vibrant Airlie Beach.
Top itineraries in Whitsundays
Between the sights of Sydney and Brisbane, hop out to the Whitsundays to enjoy some island relaxation alongside hikes, cruises, kayak paddles and snorkelling trips. You'll also enjoy a two-night stay in Macao, an east-meets-west melting pot of culture and cuisine.
Top places to stay in Whitsundays
Situated on the northern tip of Hamilton Island in Queensland’s idyllic Whitsundays, qualia is one of Australia’s finest luxury resorts. You don’t have to take our word for it – in 2012 it was voted the Best Resort in the World in the Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards.
The Beach Club on Hamilton Island is the perfect couples’ retreat for those looking for a getaway in the idyllic Whitsundays.
It's well-known that Australia is blessed with sands, sun and surf but, with so much to choose from, it's easy to get lost. With this in mind, this is our definitive guide to Australia's best beach resorts, from the Great Barrier Reef to Kangaroo Island.
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