The Whitsundays, Australia

Bordered by the Great Barrier Reef and cradled by the calm waters of the Coral Sea, the Whitsundays lies midway along Australia's Queensland coast. The region spans from the beautiful beaches of Bowen in the north to the cane fields and sugar mills of inland Proserpine to the gorgeous golf greens of Laguna Whitsundays in the south. In the heart of the Queensland tropics, the Whitsundays makes every day of your holiday special, bringing new experiences. Its 74 islands - only eight of which are inhabited - are surrounded by one of the world’s seven natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the Great Barrier Reef - from a semi-submersible, go snorkelling or scuba diving through the coral gardens or even stay the night in comfort with a Reefsleep. Charter a helicopter or a seaplane and spend an unforgettable day on an atoll all to yourself — the ultimate romantic experience for just the two of you and a champagne picnic hamper or a family adventure that will stay with you forever.

Enjoy more memorable days soaking up the tropical delights of a holiday in the Whitsundays and go beachcombing on the world's most perfect beach at Whitehaven. Whether you choose to bush walk, scuba dive or sail, there are a myriad of ways to experience the Whitsundays. Island and coastal accommodation options range from camp sites in National Parks to luxury resorts and cater to families after fun and honeymooners in search of seclusion and romance. 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. These are the colours and images of the Whitsundays - each a postcard of a perfect holiday.

Scenic Highlights:

Cedar Creek Falls: Located 19 kilometres from Proserpine on Conway Beach Road is the picturesque Cedar Creek Falls. These falls are spectacular in the wet season and offer a year-round natural swimming pool at the base of the falls. They are set in a natural rock amphitheatre. The flora and fauna will amaze you, particularly the strangler figs, red and white cedars and wild orchids. There are also bush walks up and around the falls. Majestic Alexandra palms line the creek as it continues its journey to the ocean.

Peter Faust Dam: Lake Proserpine, which is also known as Peter Faust Dam is situated 26 kilometres inland from Proserpine, which is located within Central Queensland. Proserpine is also just a short drive from Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour the gateway to the famous Whitsunday Islands and The Great Barrier Reef. Lake Proserpine plays host to some of the biggest Barramundi and Sooty Grunter found in impoundment's in Australia, making it the ideal sport fishing destination.

Great Barrier Reef: One of the top reasons people visit the far north of Australia is to experience the Great Barrier Reef. The amazing array of marine wildlife and exotic colours cannot be found elsewhere in the world with the ease this region affords. Cairns offers an ideal hub for trips to the reef. Some of the most exotic and rare diving and snorkelling in the world are a short distance from the city of Cairns, courtesy of dozens of reef tour companies. This exotic playground twice the size of Tasmania, is waiting to be explored.

Activities:

- Take in the breathtaking view of the Whitsunday Islands by the air, in a plane or helicopter
- Go on a cruise around the Whitsunday’s and Great Barrier Reef on a boat
- Snorkeling and scuba diving is a great way to see the fantastic marine life in the region
- Take a stroll along any of the wonderful beaches. Wake up early and watch the sun rise
- Drop anchor at your own private island, when you charter a skippered yacht
- Spend the day game fishing in the Great Barrier Reef
- Or just sit back and relax and enjoy the view!