Lightening the blue waters in the heart of the Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands lie like emerald gems, ringed by untouched beaches and the pale turquoise of shallow waters, a wonderful archipelago of green islands and sandy atolls amongst the world’s most spectacular coral system.
The mosaics of coral platforms, turquoise lagoons and rich blue channels in this area are some of the most pristine areas of the entire Great Barrier Reef and with reef names such as Hook, Line, Sinker and Bait you will be forgiven for thinking that you can fish to your heart’s content. However, while you can’t bring home the myriad of fish that inhabit the reef, you can get up close and personal through your snorkelling mask.
Exploring the islands
Some 74 islands make up the Whitsunday Islands and each coral-fringed island has its own individual appeal. Many are uninhabited and are listed as national parks, however, a handful have resorts that offer a multitude of accommodation choices from budget to five-star luxury; Brampton, Hamilton, Daydream, Long and Hayman are just some.
All you have to do is decide if you wish to just sink your feet into the impossibly white silica sand, swim in the temperate waters that hug the shore, hike thorough the forest and mountains, see the swirls of creamy sand and coral from a helicopter or discover a mix of these islands for yourself by chartering a yacht.