Photo courtesy of Australia Tourism; taken by Lincoln Fowler
The Whitsunday Islands are off the central coast of Queensland, an hour and a half flight from Brisbane and on the Great Barrier Reef. This group of 74 islands is often described as being synonymous with paradise, well deserved with its beautiful white and sunny beaches, incredible marine life, stunning coral reefs, great food, drink and luxury resorts. A perfect spot for a little (or a lot) of romance and down time!
If you love to walk uncrowded beaches, snorkel, dive, sail or just plain unwind and relax, the Whitsundays offer plenty of options for you.
Try your hand at bareboating by renting and skippering your own boat. Sail around the islands and explore on your own personal schedule. No boat license required - just a little common sense. Not so adventurous? Join a crewed catamaran or tall ship sailing. The Whitsundays has some of the best sailing opportunities in the world.
Photo courtesy of Australia Tourism
Being right on the Great Barrier Reef, there is no shortage of prime snorkeling and diving spots. From day trips to 2, 3 and 6 night sailings, plenty of choices are available for the novice and adventurous alike. Make sure a visit to the magical heart reef is on the itinerary!
Photos courtesy of Australia Tourism
The region is well known for its beaches, so a visit to one of the world's top 5 - Whitehaven Beach, is a must. Located on Whitsunday Island, spend hours playing and walking on the 4 mile stretch of beautiful white sand and the popular visitor's trail up to Hill Inlet lookout. Simply heaven!
Photo courtesy of Tourism Whitsunday; photo by Jeff Drewitz
Photo courtesy of Tourism Whitsunday; photo by Phill Gordon
Seeking a luxurious romantic getaway? A stay at qualia or the One & Only resorts will fit the bill. qualia (yes, spelled in all lower case), consists of 60 private pavilions and is located on the northern tip of Hamilton Island. A luxury, adults-only resort, it is considered to be one of the best in the world. Guests enjoy postcard views of the Whitsundays and numerous complimentary and unique signature experiences.
Photo courtesy of Australia Tourism; qualia
The One & Only, an exclusive retreat on the private Hayman Island, is located in the most northerly section of the Whitsundays. The resort includes swim-up and butler suites, multiple restaurants, a wonderful spa and access to numerous hiking and aquatic activities.
Photos courtesy of Australia Tourism; dining photo by Ellenor Argyropoulos
Whether you are looking for simple fun in the sun, adventure, romance, luxury, good food, down time or a little bit of everything, the Whitsundays has it all waiting for you, any time of the year!
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