What's so great about the Whitsundays?

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The Whitsunday Islands, or 'Whitsundays' for short, are known for many great things that draw thousands of people here each year. But what are the Whitsundays? And why are they so great?

The Whitsundays are a group of 74 islands that can be found off the eastern coast of Australia and are one of the top tourist destinations in the country. The main access point to the Whitsunday Islands is Airlie Beach, a small coastal town found in Queensland that is a popular holiday destination for international travellers and Australians alike. But what makes them so special and why do people keep coming back?

They are a boater's paradise

If you've ever dreamed of an ocean adventure, the Whitsundays are the place to be! Known for their amazing sailing routes and calm anchorage points, they are the ideal place for anyone who wants to spend some time on the water. Luckily for you, plenty of chartered tours depart from Airlie Beach to take you around the Whitsunday Islands on day trips or overnight trips to sail, cruise, explore and more! There are also several places you can rent a bareboat and be the captain of your own ship for your tropical island getaway!

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There is great snorkelling

The Whitsundays are part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which means they are part of the world's largest living ecosystem. The islands have what are called 'fringing reefs' that circle around the islands and provide amazing snorkelling locations, as well as ideal habitats for the many fish that live here! The secluded bays and coves are often calm and are great for snorkelling and exploring, where you can see thousands of species of fish, coral and other marine animals.

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Whitehaven Beach is here!

The famous Whitehaven Beach is located in the Whitsundays! It is found on Whitsunday Island, the biggest of the 74 islands, and is easily accessible by boat from the mainland. Most day trips and overnight trips will go to the beach, often stopping at the equally famous Hill Inlet Lookout.

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You can fly to the Heart Reef

Heart Reef is one of the most iconic destinations that can be found in Australia. The naturally formed heart-shaped reef has long been considered one of the most romantic places in the country, if not the world, and can easily be viewed from here in the Whitsundays! Aerial tours depart daily that fly over the reef giving you the perfect bird's-eye view!

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There are so many things do! It's great for all types of travellers

The Whitsundays are great for every type of traveller. People from all over the world flock to the Whitsundays each year to travel and explore. Families, backpackers, solo travellers, honeymooners...The Whitsundays has something for everyone. Let us know who you will be travelling with and we'll help you find the perfect tour for your upcoming trip. Then you can let us know what you think is so great about the Whitsundays, too!

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