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A 74-island paradise of reefs, beaches and aquamarine waters

Cosmopolitan and inviting, the Whitsunday region stretches from the central town of Airlie Beach along the stunning coastline and into the picturesque hinterland. Jewels in the Whitsunday mainland crown include Bowen with its eight beaches (and Big Mango), Cedar Creek Falls with its spectacular cascades set in a natural rock amphitheatre and the isolated, wildlife-rich hamlet of Hydeaway Bay.

There’s so much to do here – popular activities include diving or snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef sailing the 74 Whitsunday islands , dipping your toes into Whitehaven Beach’s silica sands, viewing the swirling sands of Hill Inlet or flying over Heart Reef.

Things to do

Green goodness

The Whitsundays not only boasts beautiful shorelines, it also lays claim to some remarkable subtropical rainforests. Many of the islands are home to hiking trails where visitors can admire the grand old pines, get close to the wildlife and enjoy breathtaking views. Cedar Creek Falls is the ideal spot for a picnic on the mainland.

Sleepy haven

A 40-minute drive north of Airlie Beach lies Bowen, a sleepy seaside town boasting eight beautiful beaches that remains off the tourist radar. It’s a wonderful place for a day trip or overnight stay.

Sun, surf and sand

Airlie Beach is your mainland base for holidaying throughout the Whitsundays, with accommodation styles as varied as the languages you’ll hear on the streets of this international destination. Thanks to its proximity to the islands, Airlie Beach is the heart of the Whitsundays with an array of dining and nightlife options to match.

Sun, surf and sand

Tucked away

Discover the charming secrets of the Whitsunday Coast. Dingo Beach and Hydeaway Bay (pictured) are tiny townships with stunning shorelines. Conway Beach is a favourite with caravanners, thanks in part to its wide bay at low tide that’s perfect for kite-flying, cycling and walking.

Airport information

Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine - PPP)

Distance to Airlie Beach 40 km

Taxi A taxi to Airlie Beach will take around 35 minutes and cost around AUD $80.

Shuttle Whitsundays 2 Everywhere opens in new window buses meet every flight and take around 40 minutes to reach Airlie Beach. One-way adult fares are around AUD $22; pre-booking required.

When to go

Spring and autumn, with sunny weather, low humidity and temperatures from 19°C, are great times to visit the Whitsundays. Summer temperatures – between December and February – can hit a high of 30°C, sometimes accompanied by tropical showers.

Getting around

Whitsunday Transit provides a local bus service around the area. If you're staying in Airlie Beach, you'll find that most tourist activities include a return shuttle service to your accommodation. If you plan to drive, hire a car at Whitsunday Coast Airport or Airlie Beach.

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