The Whitsundays Islands 74 sun-drenched islands paint a magnificent view that will not only captivate your heart, but will also have you convinced that tomorrow doesn't really matter.
This is a place where holiday makers from all walks of life discover the heart of the world also known as the Great Barrier Reef. Many visit regularly and yet still find something new and exciting to enhance their holiday.
Nature's tropical selection of island and coastal delights awaits you. Welcome to Destination Paradise - the islands, the waterways and the coast - there are so many holiday temptations in the Whitsundays.
Discover the tropical beauty of the Whitsundays Islands by making Airlie Beach your first visiting stop. Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsundays - a colourful, cosmopolitan and inviting holiday town lying on the shores of a palm fringed beach and overlooking the calm waters of Pioneer Bay dotted with yachts.
Set in landscaped parkland overlooking the bay, Airlie Lagoon provides stinger free swimming with lifeguard attendants and a children’s pool. Airlie provides many of the essential services for travellers in the region and the town’s shopping areas are open seven days a week.
There is an abundance of activities at whitsundays from beach games at island resorts and championship golf courses with a view, to the buzzing nightlife in the coastal town of Airlie Beach.
Bareboat charter sailing in the Whitsundays is a sailor's dream. The channels are safe, calm and deep and the anchorages are protected and numerous. Yachts available for cruising at the Whitsundays consists of a world class line-up.
Fishing at the Whitsundays is amazing, it's as simple as casting your line out and reeling in a coral trout, a red emperor or sweetlip. For a more adventurous fishing experience, head out to the Great Barrier Reef on one of the fully equipped game fishing vessels available.
Enjoy a scenic flight from a birds eye view in a helicopter, or dare to be dazzled by an outer reef adventure on aboard a seaplane. If you're looking for more of a rush, tandem skydiving and bungy jumping is also a popular and exhilarating Whitsunday activity.
The Whitsundays is by far the best place to go diving, with thousands of people each year diving into its clear blue waters. You don't have to be an experienced diver to enjoy the beauty of the Whitsundays magnificent underwater realm. There are experienced dive operators who are trained to help first-timers have an unforgettable scuba diving experience.
Domestic air services fly into Proserpine airport or Hamilton Island airport. From Proserpine transfers can be arranged to Airlie Beach. From Hamilton Island airport you must transfer with Blue Ferries to Shute Harbour and then catch either the shuttle bus or a taxi to Airlie Beach.
From Brisbane take the Bruce Highway and turn off at Proserpine in order to get to Airlie Beach, the highway is well signposted. The drive would take approximatley 14 hours.
There a number of interstate coaches from Brisbane that pass throug and stop at Airlie Beach.
Queensland Railways operate rail services between Cairns and Brisbane stopping at all major towns and cities in between. You should get off in Proserpine and then catch a transfer to Airlie Beach.