With 74 tropical islands and a swag of island resorts beckoning you from just off the coast, the Whitsundays are a deep dive into natural beauty. Go snorkelling around the Reef, sail around the islands or settle in for hardcore relaxation on one of the many secluded, spectacular beaches.
Treat your toes to the whitest, silkiest sand at Whitehaven Beach, voted the most beautiful beach in the country. The 7km beach lapped by turquoise water is on Whitsunday Island, the biggest of the island group. Go paddleboarding or sailing, then set your sights on the walking tracks that wind through the bushland. The view from the lookout at Tongue Point is a knockout.
Dive right into the Great Barrier Reef and all the amazing experiences at your fingertips. Snorkel around Hardy Reef (and sleep overnight on a pontoon!), hire a sea kayak and paddle through fringing reefs. Take a tour on an eco-friendly tall ship or just find a deserted nook and swim alongside the swaying coral.
Airlie Beach is more than a launching pad to the Whitsunday Islands. This seaside town has a stack of great places to stay and dine, and a string of sensational beaches to relax on. Don't miss a hike in the nearby Conway National Park or a quick trip to Bowen, a hidden gem of award-winning beaches, bushwalks juicy mangoes and local seafood.
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Hamilton Island is a tropical getaway with something for just about everyone. Laze at your resort, hit the beach or golf course, or dive into adventure activities perfect for the whole family.
Cairns is the perfect launching pad for the wonders of Tropical North Queensland. Dive straight into the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and dreamy, palm-fringed beaches.
Townsville is a sun-drenched, tropical town with a breezy lifestyle. It's super close to Magnetic Island and the Great Barrier Reef, making it the perfect base for exploring North Queensland.