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Best Accommodation To Stay In The Whitsundays: Whitsundays Holiday Guide

     For a serene island destination in a luxurious location, the Whitsundays offers endless island-hopping across unspoilt isles surrounded by waters rich with marine wildlife.

      Here's all you need to know about what to do and see in the Whitsundays.

      For the ultimate island retreat, head to the Whitsundays. Located in the outer waters of the Great Barrier Reef in North Queensland, the Whitsundays are an unspoilt paradise perfect for sailing and relaxing amongst its wild tropical terrain.

     Composed of a network of 74 beautiful islands, each topped with lush green tropical rainforest and edged by gleaming white sand and richly-coloured turquoise waters, the Whitsundays are one of the most sought-after sailing locations in the world. Annual events include the Hamilton Island Race Week and Airlie Beach Race Week.

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Why choose the Whitsundays?

     The islands are largely untouched, with only 5 developed as holiday resorts, leaving 69 desert islands ripe for leisurely sailing, hikes, watersports and lounging in the sand.

      Waterways, waterfalls, lagoons and wild terrain mean boats, seaplanes, helicopters and kayaks are your transport of choice. Hire a luxe catamaran to cruise the waters at your leisure, stopping off here and there at remote islands that take your fancy.

     If you want someone else to do the work, relax aboard a lavish yacht and survey the sublime scenes which unfold as you cruise the waters, spotting brightly coloured fish, turtles and marine wildlife of the Great Barrier Reef.

     Stop off at dreamy, uninhabited islands for seafood picnics and barbecues on the beach followed by watersports or treks into the wilds of the rainforest, you could even glamp overnight if you choose.

     Located a distance from Cairns and Brisbane, you'll enjoy glorious tropical weather, magnificent marine wildlife and plenty of fresh produce. Luxury villas come with sensational panoramic ocean views for the perfect place to switch off and reset.

     National parks and be found all over the Whitsundays as well as some of the regions oldest archaeological sites. With fascinating trails to explore on land and water plus opportunities to discover more about the ways of life of local Ngaro people, the Whitsundays are a magnificent destination in the phenomenal waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Best things to do in the Whitsundays

     Whether you want to relax and unwind or get active in the wilds of the islands, there's an awesome choice of things to do in the Whitsundays. Here's our top picks of the best things to do and see in the Whitsundays.

Best things to do in the Whitsundays:

Best local attractions:

     Top Islands To Visit

      74 beautiful islands in one place means there's 100s of gorgeous sandy beaches to visit. Spread out across the water you'll need to take a boat, seaplane or helicopter to reach them. The waters that surround are rich with marine wildlife from the Great Barrier Reef, whilst further inland there's more wildlife to discover.

Great Barrier Reef

     With the waters of the Great Barrier Reef to explore, snorkelling and diving are popular activities though lots of other watersports are also available.

Whitehaven Beach

     Of all the Whitsundays' divine beaches, multi-award winning Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island is its crowning glory. Australia's best beach and one of the world's top 5, Whitehaven offers 4 miles of dazzling white sand and stunning views.

     The sand on Whitehaven Beach is 98% pure white silica, set against the deep aquamarine of the sea, the view across the island is breathtaking. Take a seaplane or helicopter over, to see the isle in its full glory, then hike up Hill Inlet after lunch for wonderful views out to sea.

Long Island

     For a gorgeous hideaway retreat still easily accessible with quiet beaches and hiking trails, Long Island is the perfect choice.

Airlie Beach

     On the other hand, Airlie Beach is the Whitsundays' central hub. Packed with tour companies, eateries, accommodation and buzzing nightlife, Airlie is the main starting point for exploration of the islands. Its part man-made, part-natural lagoon, Airlie Beach Lagoon, is a legendary hangout surrounded by sand and landscaped gardens.

Top Experiences

Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail

     For a memorable expedition, take the Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail, journeying across seaways and mini coastal trails by boat or kayak to uncover the beauty of a collection of islands. With opportunities to snorkel along the reef you'll see all sorts of rare and beautiful marine wildlife as well as historic Indigenous rock art

     Discover the traditions and ways of the local Ngaro people on the Ngaro Indigenous Cultural Tour. You'll uncover how the Ngaro people have lived off the land, see ancient cave paintings, learn how to throw a spear, take a trail to understand how to use the rainforest to find food and shelter and more.

Hamilton Island

      Unspoilt terrain means the islands are rich with rare wildlife. At Hamilton Island Wildlife you'll enjoy the chance to get close to koalas, dingoes and kangaroos whilst seeing all sorts of other rare and unusual local birds and reptiles. If you arrive at the sanctuary in the morning, you can enjoy a tasty breakfast with the koalas who will be feasting on their own. At Butterfly Bay, sublime collections of rare and unique butterflies fly out over the island every morning and afternoon.

     Hop aboard a luxurious yacht to visit the top places to snorkel in the Whitsundays or spend a few days leisurely touring the islands, accompanied by gourmet meals and each isle to yourself once the tourists have gone home.

Hire your own luxury catamaran.

     Hire your own luxury catamaran. Your private yacht to go bareboating on a leisurely sail through the waters without a skipper You'll moor on deserted bays of your choice and spend the day spotting marine wildlife from your luxe recliner on board.

Cedar Creek Falls

     Alternatively, mix kayaking and camping, take sailing lessons or head to Cedar Creek Falls where you can swim in the rushing waters as they fall. For snorkelling, Daydream Island is legendary, with a Living Reef which makes it possible to swim with over 100 species of fish and coral in its underwater observatory.

Best restaurants

     Food in the Whitsundays is, as you would expect, plentiful, delicious and fresh. Just-caught seafood, local produce and beautiful surroundings make dining a joy.

Fish D'vine

      Top restaurant choices in the Whitsundays include Fish D'vine for sumptuous seafood served up in glorious surroundings accompanied by cocktails, legendary Bommie for a lavish treat with beautiful views across the moored yachts at Hamilton Yacht Club and out over the water.

Cool Lala

     When you want something different, Cool Lala serves up lip-smacking Korean delights whilst the Little Vegas Burger and Bar will keep you fuelled with mouthwatering loaded burgers and sandwiched. If you fancy pub-style dishes, head to Marina Tavern. For wholesome and nutritious vegan goodness, Cafe One 3 is the best.

Best places to stay in the Whitsundays, Australia

      With dazzling views wherever you are in the Whitsundays, whether you want a beachfront villa with serene ocean views or a hillside retreats nestled amongst palm trees with breathtaking vistas, discover a superb choice of stunning luxury villas, perfect for couples, families and groups of all sizes.

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The Whitsundays, Australia Holidays: Why go?

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Best airport for travel to the Whitsundays:

      The best airport for the Whitsundays is the Hamilton Island Airport which is a central airport for all the islands. Alternatively, you can also fly into the smaller Whitsunday Coast Airport.

When is the best time to visit the Whitsundays?

     Tropical weather means you can visit the Whitsundays all year round however for the very best weather visit between April and December. September and October are the busiest months whilst June, July and August each see their share of sailing events. From June to July lots of visitors arrive to see the humpback whale migration which is at its peak in August.

     For quieter waters, visit between November and December when the families are gone and more northerly winds set in. January to March is rainy season with daily showers adding an extra layer of interest to the network of waterways and waterfalls.

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By 2008, after the successful development of 3 resorts, JP had well and truly fallen into the world of villa rentals. With a portfolio of 6 villas and a desire to explore new places, he decided it was time to take the villa rental business outside of Turkey. He wanted to give his clients access to beautiful holiday rentals in destinations across the globe.

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