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Whitsunday & Airlie Beach

The Whitsundays is in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef on the Queensland coast, 150km north of Mackay and 200km south of Townsville, and ascends out of the rich blue tropical waters that lie in an archipelago of green islands and sandy atolls.

Bordered by the Great Barrier Reef and 74 tropical islands in the calm waters of the Coral Sea, the Whitsundays lies midway along Australia’s Queensland coast.

Hardy Reef

The region spans from the beautiful beaches of Bowen in the north to the inland township Proserpine to the gorgeous golf greens of Laguna Whitsundays in the south. Airlie Beach is the gateway to the 74 islands – only eight of which are inhabited.

Discover the wonder that is Heart Reef. Sink your feet into the white, silica sands of world-famous Whitehaven Beach . Or simply sail at sunset across our crystal-clear waters and take in the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. It is up to you!

The romance of Heart Reef, the kaleidoscopic colours and shapes of the corals, the soft white sands of Whitehaven Beach and the crystal clear waters make the Whitsundays an attractive destination for all.

Great Barrier Reef

The Whitsundays emphasises relaxation and getting in touch with nature. Activities range from beach fishing to yachting to adventurous quad biking through the rainforest.

The Whitsundays is a diverse destination position within the picturesque Great Barrier Reef region.

Shute Harbour

Tourism Whitsundays is the Regional Tourist Organisation (RTO), which is responsible for marketing the Whitsundays as tourism destination.

Whitsunday Visitor Guides

  • Whitsundays Guide

* Destination description by Tourism Queensland and Queensland Holidays