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Whitsundays Facts

The Whitsundays is a unique place in Australia, not only because it is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, but also its incredible, islands, marine and wildlife and the Airlie Beach mainland.

Facts

  • Hayman Island features the largest swimming pool in the southern hemisphere.
  • The Whitsundays 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 totalling 74 Islands. 
  • 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 islands, with just 8 inhabited and the remaining islands protected by national parks.
  • The Whitsundays are located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and have thousands of species of fish. 
  • The Whitsundays were originally discovered by Captain James Cook in 1770. 
  • The traditional owners of the Whitsundays are the Ngaro, who originally inhabited the the islands. 
  • The Whitsundays are home to one of the top five beaches in the world, Whitehaven Beach. 
  • 70% of the Whitsundays are considered National Parks. 
  • The Whitsunday Islands are actually the tops of mountains from an ancient mountain chain which became submerged in the ocean. 
  • No one knows there the silica sands of Whitehaven Beach actually come from. 
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