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Located just off Australia's north eastern coastline the Whitsundays are a collection of pristine sun-kissed islands positioned between the Great Barrier Reef and the mainland. With native rainforest, coral reefs, stunning white sand beaches and turquoise waters, the Whitsunday Islands offer an idyllic tropical experience with plenty of opportunity for both relaxation and adventure.
The Whitsunday Islands and Airlie Beach on the mainland serve as popular launch points for tours of the Great Barrier Reef. Day cruises and diving trips are easily booked from either point, with a vast array of water sports, leisure activities and adventure tours offered throughout the region.
On the sparkling Queensland coastline, Airlie Beach offers the widest range of accommodation in the Whitsundays – from five-star resorts to budget guesthouses. Airlie Beach is also the Whitsundays' main dining and entertainment hub, with restaurants, Aussie pubs, nightclubs and backpacker bars giving travelers from around the world a lively place to mingle.
There's plenty to do in the Whitsundays aside from diving the Great Barrier Reef. Sailing is a major pastime on the Whitsundays waterways and between June and September visitors can watch humpback whales on their annual migration to warmer seas. On the mainland, rainforest treks, crocodile safaris and hinterland tours showcase even more of Australia's natural beauty.
Getting to the Whitsundays
Airlie Beach (Proserpine Airport) is a 90-minute domestic flight from Brisbane Airport. Travelers staying on one of the islands can fly to Hamilton Island Airport, which accepts daily flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and Melbourne. Ferries and water taxis transport visitors between the islands.
Agoda.com Featured Whitsunday offers
**Book by August 22, 2011. Travel by February 20, 2012.
Long Island Resort 3.5*
From USD 220 per night. Minimum stay 3 nights. Save 33%
This family-friendly resort is one of the easiest to get to, accessible from both Shute Harbor on the mainland and Hamilton Island. Surrounded by 2500 acres of national parkland, visitors can come into close contact with native Australian fauna such as wallabies and cockatoos. The resort includes a spa, kids club, pools, tennis, water sports and more.
Daydream Island Resort & Spa 4.5*
From USD 245 per night. Must book at least 21 days in advance. Save 25%
This is one of the Whitsundays' most famous islands, only 30 minutes by ferry from the mainland. The resort offers an extensive array of water sports, shark and stingray feeding, reef cruises, diving courses, and an artificial lagoon where visitors can get close to native marine life.
Coral Sea Resort 4.5*
Rates from USD 160 per night. Save 20%
On the waterfront of Airlie Beach, this luxury property offers spa suites with far-reaching views of the Coral Sea. From here, guests can launch tours of the Great Barrier Reef, join a crocodile safari and book scenic flights to enjoy the Whitsundays from the air.
Peppers Coral Coast 5*
Rates from USD 160 per night. Minimum stay 2 nights. Save 25%
Close to Airlie Beach town center, Peppers enjoys a hillside position with views over the Whitsunday Passage. Peppers has a luxurious spa and striking infinity pool providing the perfect environment for rejuvenation and relaxation.
Whitsunday on the Beach 3*
Rates from USD 100 per night. Save 20%
This low-rise property offers direct access to Airlie Beach waterfront and the town's main entertainment strip. Terraces offer views of Airlie Beach pool and promenade.
Airlie Beach Hotel 4*
Rates from USD 126 per night. Pay 2 nights, stay 3 nights.
Right on the Airlie Beach esplanade, this modern property has views of the Coral Sea plus quick access to dining and entertainment. Various activities are organized here, including reef cruises, horse riding, game fishing and 'localvore' dinner and farm tours.
Sea Star Apartments 4.5*
Rates from USD 125 per night. Minimum stay 3 nights. Save 25%
These modern self-contained suites provide comfortable accommodation close to the main strip of Airlie Beach. An infinity pool offers views over the coastline.
Beaches Backpackers 2*
Rates from USD 20 per night. Rate is non-refundable. Save 20%
Enjoying a lively party atmosphere, this modern hostel offers guest rooms and dormitory-style accommodation. The onsite Bar & Bistro sets the scene for live music and fun-filled nightly events.
At Waterfront Whitsunday Retreat 4*
Rates from USD 257 per night. Minimum stay 3 nights. Save 25%
This luxurious and spacious boutique property has only six rooms. Its elevated position provides guests with wide views of the Whitsunday Passage.
At Marina Shores 5*
Rates from USD 202 per night. Minimum stay 3 nights. Save 25%
These modern five-star apartments are perfect for families and travelers wanting more space. Wide terraces provide views of the marina and the Coral Sea.