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Whitsunday Coast Australia

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Whitsunday Coast

Introducing Whitsunday Coast

When Lieutenant James Cook sailed along this coast in 1770, he must have gargled with resplendent joy. The Whitsunday Islands are a travellers’ wonderland where a great southern experience of sun, sand and sailing is just an outstretched arm away. It was no surprise that the ‘Best Job in the World’ - as promoted by Tourism Queensland - was stationed here, and received a whopping 34,000 applications.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park lies just beneath the ocean's shimmering surface, while the sky shoots starry nights almost year-round. Aside from the odd untimely storm, this is a permanent holiday paradise, equally suited to the rich, the famous and the not-so-rich-or-famous!

As though it weren’t enough to claim the finest tropical islands on the planet, there are also some excellent national parks in the area offering first-class bushwalking and camping.

The gateway to the islands, Airlie Beach, is also a gateway to heady good times. Those in search of solace here, be warned – a galley of restaurants, bars and backpackers ensure the wannabe stars stay out all night.

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Recommended things to do & see

Our top picks for Whitsunday Coast

Artspace Mackay: Upholding the strong reputation of regional Queensland art galleries, this place showcases local and visiting works

Oz Adventure Sailing: Sailing in the Whitsundays is about as dreamy as it gets

Bridge's Restaurant: This super-slick restaurant-bar inside the Ambassador Hotel has got soul

Déjà Vue: This perennial favourite recently moved to a gorgeous hilltop location at the swanky Water's Edge Resort

Conway National Park: When you've had your fill of Airlie's maritime diversions, turn inland and explore the Conway Peninsula's forested gullies

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