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Whitsundays Facts

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  • One&Only Hayman Island features the largest swimming pool in the southern hemisphere.
  • The area is home to the endangered Proserpine Rock Wallaby which can be commonly sighted throughout the Conway National Park.
  • On the opposite shore to the famous Whitehaven Beach is actually a similar beach featuring the same silica sands, known as ‘Chalkies Beach’ located on Hazelwood Island.
  • The Whitsundays is home to some of the most well-known maxi yachts including Condor, Broomstick, Boomerang and British Defender.
  • The Whitsundays features the largest collection of islands in Australia.
  • Rob Bredl, well known as the Barefoot Bushman lives in the Whitsundays and still operate his wildlife farm from his own property.
  • The well-known vessel Whitsunday Magic, which sunk off Airlie Beach some years ago is now a tourist attraction. Magic is a former overnight luxury vessel and has sunk once before.
  • The annual whale season in the Whitsundays often attracts hundreds of humpack whales which spend several months travelling up the coast during the winter period.
  • Manta Ray Bay in the Whitsundays was named because of the large number of manta rays in the area at certain times of the  year.
  • The Whitsundays has 74 island, with just 8 inhabited and the remaining islands protected by national parks.
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