The Whitsunday Islands are famous for their boutique resorts, beach-side campsites and luxury eco-lodges. This tropical paradise contains more than seventy islands and many more resorts, and there is more to do here than ever, since there are so many new constructions. This leaves many people wondering what they can and should do when visiting. Here are the 5 best attractions in the Whitsunday Islands.
The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage site and is one of the richest ecosystems in the world. It counts more than 1600 species of fish and is also home to sharks, dolphins, rays and whales. Many people come here just to admire the rich sea life. It is also the only living structure visible from space.
The Reef surrounds the Whitsunday Islands and creates ideal conditions for water sports and swimming. The best time to visit is during the dry season, which runs from May to October. This is a wonderful time to hit Airlie Beach and any other beach in the Whitsunday Islands.
Whitehaven has been called one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. It is seven kilometers long and one of the most accessible beaches in the area. The beach is on the largest island in the Whitsunday resorts Island and is a popular stop for day trippers. There are also numerous walking trails that lead from the beach to various landmarks. For example, many head up to Tongue Point to get a better view. Boats can anchor in Tongue Bay, and camping is allowed at the southern end of the beach.
Hamilton Island is typically the first stop in the Whitsunday Islands for visitors because it is home to the only commercial airport in the islands. Yet you can reach the island by ferry from the mainland, too. This is why there are numerous luxury resorts in its vicinity.
There are also family-friendly apartments and yacht clubs. You can go swimming, play tennis, hit the beach or play water sports. Because this island sees so many tourists, it has the most restaurants, hotels and other amenities. For example, you can rent golf buggies to explore the island or book sailboats. There is a wildlife park open to the public, and you can play mini golf or ride go karts.
Long Island is one of the least developed islands in the chain, and that’s one of the reasons it is worth visiting. Most of the island is a pristine national park, and there are reefs just 150 meters offshore. The island itself has thirteen kilometers of walking trails through brushland, while multiple secluded cloves are perfect for anchoring your boat. Better yet, this slice of paradise is only twenty minutes by ferry from Shute Harbor, a port facility near Airlie Beach on Hamilton Island. This island is also home to two boutique resorts, one of which was the first solar powered resort in the islands.
Hook Island is rugged and rocky. It is covered by rainforests and laced with walking trails, some reaching aboriginal cave shelters and tropical waterfalls. However, people come here for the snorkeling and scuba diving, which is why many tour boats stop here. Nara Inlet is a popular stop for local yachts, and this is only partially due to the rock art left by the Ngaro Aboriginal people. There are a few beachside campsites as well.
It could take months to explore all of the islands in the Whitsunday Island chain. However, make sure that you mark these down for your next visit, and enjoy the best the islands have to offer.