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The Whitsunday Islands

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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?

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The Whitsundays Islands are a chain of 74 islands located off the tropical northeastern coast of Australia, in the Great Barrier Reef marine park. Since the birth of tourism to the area, they have long since been a favourite holiday destination for people from all over the world. Several of the islands have housed popular resorts over the years where holidaymakers have been able to enjoy the laid back pace and experience island time. 

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Regarded as a second to none location for spotting whales, the Whitsunday Islands are known as a hot destination to thousands of migrating humpback whales every year between June and August, and vast numbers of visitors from around the world are visiting Airlie Beach in the hopes to see one of the magical mammals in their natural habitat. 

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The Whitsundays are one of nature's biggest playgrounds with 74 islands, dozens of beaches and kilometres of reefs teeming with marine life. Unparalleled in its appeal to snorkelers, scuba divers and boaties, it is an aquatic paradise.

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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.

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The Whitsundays is made of the famous collection of 74 islands.

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With over 74 islands, white sandy beaches and fringing reef teeming with marine life, there is no shortage of things to explore in the Whitsundays and when it comes to 2 day sailing tours the options are endless. All 2 day sailing tours around the Whitsunday Islands visit iconic Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet however you will find that snorkelling locations vary and are usually determined on the day as they are weather dependent. These trips are fully catered with 3 meals a day plus snacks and many vessels are suitable for families.

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One of the most popular resort islands in the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island has become a world-class destination on the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays over the decades. Complete with all the infrastructure and comforts of the mainland while still maintaining an island village feel, Hamilton Island is a must-see during your time in the Whitsundays. If you are short on time or want to taste test the different islands before booking to stay overnight, you can still indulge in this island escape for the day on one of several tours!

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Nestled in the Molle Group in the Whitsundays, Daydream Island is a tropical oasis like no other. This little slice of paradise has changed hands and undergone many refurbishments over the years, and it has never looked better following the most recent one. We decided to see for ourselves first hand, and what better way to experience the charm of Daydream Island than to take a trip over for the day?

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The world-famous Hamilton Island is in a league of its own when it comes to a tropical island getaway in the Whitsundays.

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