Off the coast of Queensland in Australia are a group of tropical islands known collectively as the Whitsunday Islands, or more commonly, just the Whitsundays.
- The Great Barrier Reef is an absolute must-see, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
- Scuba diving and snorkelling are fabulous ways to see the reef up close, but glass-bottomed boat and submarine tours are also available for those who wish to stay dry.
- Whitehaven Beach is a fabulous stretch of pure, white sand set against aqua waters that has to be seen to be believed.
- Whale watching is also a favourite activity in the area, and a true treat if you are lucky enough to see one of the newborn calves.
Technically comprising of 74 islands, many of the Whitsundays are uninhabited but can be reached by boat. Powerboats will take you quickly to far corners of the area, but sailing is considered to be the best way to take in sun and sea at your own pace. Many of the tours will stop during the day and allow passengers to snorkel, swim or dive. Explore uninhabited islands or the Great Barrier Reef before returning home.
A favoured holiday destination because of the lovely beaches and water, Australians are keeping the area in the most pristine condition and encourage eco-friendly holidays. The views, the water, and the activities available make the Whitsundays a favourite with visitors from across the globe.
Every level of accommodation is available on the Whitsundays. Try something unique for your Whitsundays holiday, like a few nights aboard a tall sailing ship. If you are searching for cheap hotels in Whitsundays, you can look for 2-star hotels, caravan and camping accommodation, or hostels (especially helpful for backpackers on a very tight budget). Bed and Breakfast accommodation is also available, as well as luxurious, boutique hotels. For longer holidays, rent an apartment as your home away from home.