Whitsunday Islands

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About Whitsunday Islands
The Whitsunday Islands are a collection of continental islands of various sizes off the central coast of Queensland, Australia.

With 74 islands and the Great Barrier Reef here, natural attractions are the main pull of the islands. One of the seven natural wonders of the world and the only living structure visible from space, the World Heritage listed reef covers more than 2,000km. Explore the thousands of species of fish, coral and other marine life by scuba diving, snorkelling or on a boat trip.

Shops along the main street in Airlie Beach stock the usual beachwear and souvenirs, when ships are in port, the locals set up markets selling arts and crafts and fresh produce (cash only). Another option is a bottle of wine from the famous Oatley Wines collection, sold at a number of souvenir shops on Hamilton Island.

For a bit of pampering, Airlie Day Spa is located in the heart of Airlie Beach, on Shute Harbour Road (booking essential).

For adrenalin junkies, enjoy great views from a plane before freefalling for between 20 and 55 seconds with Skydive Airlie Beach.

Hamilton Island offers activities such as hiking into the bushland, go-kart racing at Palm Valley, tennis and golf at Hamilton Island Golf Club.

Take a helitour of the islands.

Proserpine is a 25 minute drive from Airlie Beach and features numerous attractive boutiques.

The most famous beach here is Whitehaven Beach. Its 7km of pristine sand and clear waters are perfect for relaxation. Set on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the islands in Whitsundays, it can easily be reached by ferry, powerboat or yacht, however it is advisable to pre book during peak times.

The Airlie Beach Lagoon is in the centre of Airlie Beach, its children's pool and stinger-free sandy beach area are perfect for families.

At Hamilton Island's main beach, Catseye, you can rent catamarans, paddle skis, paddleboards, windsurfing gear and snorkelling equipment.

(Note: October to May is high risk stinger season, protective wetsuits are recommended when swimming in the ocean).

Fresh fish and seafood, such as mud crab and tiger prawns as well as pizza, pasta, steak and salads are available in local restaurants.
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The Whitsundays have two main ports and cruise ships anchor off both Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island and tender passengers ashore.

Abel Point Marina in Airlie Beach caters for larger cruise ships, it is near the centre of Airlie Beach, around a 10 minute walk along a boardwalk. At the terminal you'll find a cafe, boutique, kiosk and tour operator offices but no ATM's.

Shuttle buses are usually available to the main street of Airlie Beach, where there are shops, restaurants and bars, as well as tourist information desks. Car hire is also available as are public buses.

Hamilton Island is used for smaller ships, the marina is the central hub of the island with an abundance of facilities and shops.

Golf buggies are the main form of transport on Hamilton Island and can be rented by the hour, for two or three hours, or for the day.

Hamilton Island also offers a free shuttle covering three routes around the island, with several services per hour. Pickup points include the Marina Village, Catseye Beach and One Tree Hill. As the island is small, walking is also an option.

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