Welcome to The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island
With sun-bleached sands, lush eucalyptus forests, and the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Great Barrier Reef right on the doorstep, the Whitsunday Islands are among the highlights of Australia's tropical north. Sprinkled along Queensland's Coral Sea coast, the 74 idyllic islands are reachable by boat from Airlie Beach, and are a popular destination for half-, full-, or multi-day island-hopping cruises; sailing adventures; and other tours. The largest of the islands is Whitsunday, where highlights include the world-famous Whitehaven Beach—a pristine expanse of sugar-white sands—and the Hill Inlet Lookout, which offers dramatic views over the surrounding islands. North of Whitsunday, the waters around Hook Island and Hayman Island are a feeding ground for dolphins, manta rays, and humpback whales. Meanwhile, to the east, Chalkies Beach on Haslewood Island—fringed by vibrant coral reefs and teeming with marine life—offers spectacular snorkeling. Farther south, the luxurious resorts of Hamilton Island draw a steady stream of holidaymakers. The most built-up of all the islands, Hamilton has a bustling marina, lively beach resorts, and an 18-hole golf course. The biggest draw is Catseye Beach, where thrill-seekers can enjoy water sports such as waterskiing, kayaking, rafting, and Jet Ski tours. However, the walking trails of Passage Peak are one of the best places to soak up the island's natural beauty.