Wonderful Whitsundays

– by Anne O’Davis

One of the top destinations for travellers in Queensland is the beautiful WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS.

Situated 150km north of Mackay, the  Whitsunday Islands are in the centre  of the World Heritage Listed Great  Barrier Reef.

Mother Nature turns on  a spectacular display of breathtaking  beauty, showcasing stunning displays  of aqua water, white silica sand and  tropical islands.

The best way to experience the islands  is on the water. You can rent a yacht,  which you can skipper yourself, or be  pampered on a fully crewed vessel. 

There is sure to be something to suit  your needs and budget. Spend the day  gliding through the crystal waters, or  call into a secluded beach for a swim. In  the evening anchor off a sheltered cove  to enjoy a balmy night under the stars  whilst sipping your favourite drink. 

Nothing beats the serenity of being  gently lulled to sleep by the ocean.  A must do is to visit the famous  Whitehaven Beach, located on  Whitsunday Island, the largest in  the group of islands.

Well known as  the location of movies such as Fool’s  Gold, starring Matthew McConaughey  and Kate Hudson, and Pirates of the  Caribbean starring Johnny Depp.

At the  northern end of the beach is Hill Inlet  which turns on a spectacular display  of swirling white sand and water at  low tide, creating the perfect photo  opportunity. 

A wonderful way to see the reef is by  taking a scenic flight and witness heart  reef, one of the most unique natural  formation of coral displayed in a heart  shape. This truly is a sight to behold. 

There is a range of accommodation  to suit as well. Visit Hayman Island to  enjoy 5 star luxury, or Hamilton Island  which has its own small township on  the island, complete with a school,  a wildlife sanctuary, airport, golf  course, marina and varying styles of  accommodation, including high rise  apartments.

Daydream Island is well  worth a visit too with its own unique  living reef, an outdoor coral lagoon  wrapping around the main resort  building of the island, home to 100  species of marine life and over 80  types of coral. 

The natural wonders of this beautiful  destination will remain in your memory  long after your holiday is over. Treat  yourself and visit this magnificent  destination today!