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QUEENSLAND ISLANDS

Queensland Islands

Think of the words ‘tropical paradise.’ Conjure up an image in your head. Now make that image at least 50 percent better and you might be getting somewhere close to encapsulating just how picture-perfect the Whitsunday region of Queensland is.

The Whitsunday Islands - an archipelago of 74 islands off the northeast coast - are all fringed with stunning white beaches and surrounded by glimmering oceans with the deepest turquoise, aqua and indigo colours you’re ever likely to see. Meanwhile, the towns and coastal resorts along the coast are brimming with activities to enhance your holiday.

You don’t need photo expertise to capture the incredible colours of the water that surrounds the Whitsundays island wonders. Tiny particles of coral sand in the water scatter the sunlight as it enters the water, causing that astonishing glow that will elicit signs of envy from the folks back home when they see your holiday snaps. Don’t miss the stunning sunrise over Whitehaven Beach, considered the jewel in the crown of the Whitsundays and regularly tops lists of the world’s best beaches.

Whether you’re seeking an action-packed adventure or are looking to enjoy levels of indulgence and relaxation, you’re guaranteed to find it in the Whitsundays.

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OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO EXPLORE IN  THE QUEENSLAND ISLANDS



Fraser Island
Fraser Island

Deserted sands and aqua-marine water are the very definition of a picture-perfect holiday, and Fraser Island, just 35 minutes by boat from the mainland, offers an abundance of both. The sand is as fine as flour and a dazzling shade of white. You’ll have miles upon miles of shoreline to yourself and a landscape which is virtually untouched. Climb the icy white sand dunes, kayak a creek, snorkel the bays, or simply bask in sunshine, Fraser island is the complete dream scene.

Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island

Whether you’re looking to do plenty or nothing at all, Hamilton Island is the ultimate getaway. Hamilton Island is part of one of the natural Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef. There is more than enough activities on Hamilton Island to keep you entertained for weeks, from snorkelling the reef to scenic helicopter flights. And believe us, after all that, you’ll be hungry. Which is great, as there is an endless array of wine and dine options here.

Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach

The vibrant hub of the Whitsundays and the ideal mainland base for fun and adventure. Soak up the laid-back, tropical atmosphere and instantly tune into holiday mode. Stroll through the boutiques, cafés and shops of the main street; relax by the Airlie Beach lagoon and head to the Saturday morning markets that offer a quaint range of local arts and crafts and much more!

 



SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN THE QUEENSLAND ISLANDS




McKenzie Lake MCKENZIE LAKE

Take a scenic flight over Fraser island, soaking up the coastal views and idyllic McKenzie Lake which is hidden deep inside the island’s interior

Scallops THE VINEYARD RESTAURANT
 

Indulge in some super fresh seafood at The Vineyard Restaurant in Hervey Bay. The scallops are to die for.

Sunset Cruise SUNSET CRUISE
 

Depart the jetty at Hervey Bay onboard a sunset cruise and enjoy a glass of Champagne or two while the sun descends over the water

Fraser Island FRASER ISLAND
 
Don’t miss a boat trip to Fraser Island. After skimming across the water, you’re whisked on-shore for a full day of swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing in complete, virtually deserted paradise.
Hervey Bay HERVEY BAY
 

Another hot spot on this coast is Hervey Bay, considered Australia’s whale watching capital due to the annual visit made by humpback whales on their way from Northern Queensland to Antarctica between July and November. Fishing, sailing and glass-bottomed boat trips, museums and art galleries, sheltered beaches and a mild climate – it’s little wonder that the region’s catchphrase is ‘Perfect by Nature’.

Great Beach Drive GREAT BEACH DRIVE

Take the scenic route to Hervey Bay, with a unique 4WD tour along 70 kilometres of iconic beaches, wildlife and rich history.
Whale Watching WHALE-WATCHING

If you’re not visiting during premium whale watching season, go in search of dolphins instead. There are three resident breeds in Fraser Coast and they’re complete show offs, and mesmerising to watch.
Kayaking KAYAKING

A natural bay and calm waters, hire a Kayak and paddle around the warm waters and array of sea life.
Whitehaven Beach ULTIMATE WHITEHAVEN BEACH HIKE

Experience all there is to do on Whitehaven Beach. Walk up to Hill Inlet and Lookout, swim and sunbathe, guided walk to Chance Bay then enjoy a gourmet burger cooked and served on the beach with side salads. No other tour gives you this much time to explore Australia’s number 1 beach.
Whitsunday Islands Cruise WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS

Cruise through the Whitsunday Islands before arriving at Australia’s number 1 beach. With 1.5-2hrs on the beach there is plenty of time to explore, swim and relax. If time allows there is a short walk to Solway Circuit lookout for magnificent views.



QUEENSLAND ISLANDS ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and resorts in the Queensland Islands 
Come in-store or send us an enquiry to help us find the best accommodation for you.

Mantra Hervey Bay
Fraser Coast
MANTRA HERVEY BAY RESORT
★★★★
This is the place to stay for a night or two before or after your trip to Fraser Island - the resort is in the Urangan Marina where all of the boat trips and whale watching tours depart from, All rooms have a balcony with a view over the mariana. There are a great selection of shops and cafes at the marina, or you can get a courtesy bus to the RSL for a night full of fun and entertainment.
Kingfisher Bay Resort
Fraser Coast
KINGFISHER BAY RESORT
★★★★
Take a 45 minute ferry from Hervey Bay to the western side of the World Heritage Listed Fraser Island and discover Kingfisher Bay Resort. Designed to minimise any effects on the natural environment, it is one of Australia's leading eco-tourism resorts. Equipped with a day spa and restaurants, this is a great base for exploring the island - ask us about the Adventure Package which includes a full day 4WD tour and lunch.
Whitsundays Vista Holiday Apartments
Airlie Beach
WHITSUNDAY VISTA HOLIDAY APARTMENTS
★★★half star
Just a 5 minute stroll from shopping and fabulous restaurants and across from the Port of Airlie, at Whitsunday Vista Holiday Apartments is the perfect stepping-off point for the magnificent Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy your self-contained suite or apartment with free WiFi and private balcony, where you can experience the breath-taking views of the Coral Sea.
Palm Bungalows
Hamilton Island
PALM BUNGALOWS
★★★
Popular amongst small families and couples, you’re truly at one with nature in a Palm Bungalow. Set in lush, tropical gardens, and with fresh, contemporary style, they are the perfect place to relax and unwind. Each bungalow features a king size bed and single divan, air conditioning and a fully functional kitchenette.
Reef View Hotel
Hamilton Island
REEF VIEW HOTEL
★★★★
The 4-Star Reef View Hotel is the perfect getaway for couples, families or friends, with well-appointed rooms featuring a private balcony overlooking landscaped gardens or the breath-taking Coral Sea. Plus, guests have access to the resort swimming pools, restaurants and Island Sports Club, as well as use of non-motorised watersports.
Qualia
Hamilton Island
QUALIA
★★★★★
From the moment you arrive at qualia, you will enjoy the superior facilities of a world-class boutique resort. qualia is tucked away in an exclusive precinct on Hamilton Island’s northern most tip, looking onto the Coral Sea and surrounding Whitsunday Islands. As a world away from everyday life, it’s a little slice of paradise surrounded by azure waters where you can unwind and enjoy a five star stay.





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