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The Whitsunday Islands

Queensland, beautiful one day – perfect the next, and the Whitsunday Islands, the most perfect holiday destination of them all.

The sun always shines in tropical northern Queensland. The water is always crystal clear, the white sands sparkle, and the Whitsunday Islands provide an alluring holiday getaway that most dream about, but in fact is an affordable reality. With so much to do and see, you might consider renting serviced or self-contained holiday accommodation to base yourself for the Whitsunday holiday experience of a lifetime.

The seventy four islands that make up the Whitsunday group host hundreds of thousands of international and domestic holiday-makers every year. Some come in search of adventure, some in search of romance and some just in search of themselves.

Whether you choose to base yourself on the mainland or on one of the islands, there is a range of holiday rental accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

The Great Barrier Reef – The main attraction

The Whitsunday region is the closest access point off the Queensland coast to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Although it is the only one of the seven natural wonders of the world to be visible from space, the Reef is best explored by getting up close and personal.

Stretching 2000 kilometres, the Great Barrier Reef protects the Whitsunday Coast and islands and is one of the most complex nature systems on earth. Supporting 1625 species of fish, six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle, 133 species of sharks and rays and 30 species of dolphins and whales, the Great Barrier Reef is an underwater garden rivalling the most vibrant on land, with the interaction of fish and coral creating a kaleidoscope of nature before your very eyes.

The Islands

Many of the islands provide holiday accommodation from the exclusive and private holiday villas on Hamilton and Dunk Islands, to the more family orientated accommodation on South Molle and Daydream Islands.

The jewel in the crown of the Whitsundays is Whitehaven beach on Whitsunday Island; seven kilometres of pristine white sand, crystal clear warm tropical waters, ocean breezes, paradise. Understandably the most photographed beach in Australia.

Activities:

Diving and snorkelling

If diving is your passion, there are companies that provide unique experiences for the novice through to the experienced diver. For those having an extended holiday, there are opportunities to become a certified diver through a range of PADI diving courses enabling you visit world-class dive spots.

If you are a bit apprehensive of the deep, but don’t want to miss out on the reef experience, there are many day tours to the inner and outer reefs providing equipment and time for snorkelling, educational semi-submarine tours and glass- bottom boat tours.

Boating

Boats of all shapes, sizes and speeds transport holiday-makers to, from, around and between the islands. From the smallest sea kayak to a large, high-speed catamaran each provides a unique personal choice of experience.

Imagine waking up each morning, anchored at a different island hideaway, diving from the deck of your very own floating self-contained holiday accommodation into the tropical waters. ‘Bare-boating’ is a popular holiday choice, crewing your own yacht, travelling where you like, when you like. However, while a boating licence is not required, it would be highly recommended to have an experienced boat person on board. Alternatively you can enjoy a complete pampered experience and just lie back and enjoy the real meaning of a holiday with a crew to do everything for you and all you have to do is lie back, relax and enjoy the experience.

Each year Airlie Beach hosts Meredien Airlie Beach Race Week, a world class yachting extravaganza attracting over 100 racing yachts, 1000’s of crew and a plethora of spectator craft.

Golf

For those who don’t think a holiday is complete without a round of golf, try the Hamilton Island Golf Club’s championship course, located on neighbouring Dent Island, providing some of the most spectacular views and settings of any golf club in the world.

There are also golf courses at Airlie Beach and Proserpine and a 19 hole, themed mini-golf course on Hamilton Island – fun for everyone.

Back to Nature

On the mainland and the islands, the National Parks are home to unique flora and fauna waiting to be discovered as you explore walking trails along secluded coastline and through tropical rainforests.

For those who like adventure with a bite – they can take a crocodile watching tour on the Proserpine River. As well as crocodiles, you will see local flora and fauna, including many migratory birds whose habitat is the Proseperine wetlands.

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is the Gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Once considered just a launch pad to the Whitsundays and Reef, it has become a holiday destination in its own right. A favourite with backpackers and families, Airlie Beach provides a range of holiday rental accommodation including backpacker hostels, budget family accommodation, self-catering apartments and villas as well as five star luxury hotels and resorts, many with to-die-for views.

Airlie Beach is a lively town full of cafes, bars, restaurants and tour companies providing day trips to the islands, fun water activities and scenic flights over the reef.

Seafood of all sorts is a speciality of the local cuisine and local eateries and resorts provide both million dollar flavours and million dollar views.

Climate in the Whitsundays

The best time to visit the Whitsundays is from April through to October. November to March can be quite hot and sometimes tropical cyclones cause localised flooding. Also box jelly-fish are in the waters at this time of year preventing swimming in many northern coastal areas.

Travelling to the Whitsundays

Air-travel is available to the Whitsundays from all major cities with an airport in Proserpine servicing Airlie Beach, an airport on Hamilton Island and an International Airport in Cairns. If you are on a self-drive holiday, Airlie Beach is a safe and scenic two-day drive from Brisbane. From the moment you arrive at your holiday rental accommodation you will feel the effects of being in paradise. Enjoy.

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                                                                                                      A great well set up house!

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                                                                                                      We stayed in this house over easter with our family. The house is exactly as described, it has lots of little extras in the house that made our stay more comfortable and relaxing such as a pool table, board games and a bookcase full of books. The location is perfect, just a short stroll to the park and swimming area. The deck is just fantastic, it makes the place feel so spacious and is perfect for a family. Everything was clean, tidy and well maintained. I would definitely recommend this house to others, it was great value!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 10/04/2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2016

                                                                                                      great place to spend some time

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This is the second year that I have spent a week at this house. Good thing - dogs are welcome however no fence around property, House was clean and tidy on arrival, and all things in working order. Nice and quiet and pretty much private and beautiful wild life around to enjoy. The house is well represented on the web sites and every thing is provided except for linen. All you have to bring is yourself, friends, food and some linen and the rest is there. Good value for money. The beach is absolutely gorgeous at all times of the year and I highly recommend this property. Good signage from the high way gets you there with no problems, road is great all the way there!! Highly recommended.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 07/09/2014
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2014

                                                                                                      Perfect holiday heaven.

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                                                                                                      We had a fantastic time at 23 Shorelines on Hamilton Island with our two teenage children. The property was well maintained with modern furnishings. It had everything we needed for our fun holiday. It is only a few minutes walk to the marina where there are restaurants and shops so after a couple of glasses of wine at dinner you don't have to worry about driving the buggy home. It also made it easy for the teenagers to explore the island on their own by foot and with the complimentary bus which stopped nearby whilst mum and dad took the golf buggy. Thanks to Luxury Holidays for a pleasant booking process and a great holiday.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 31/03/2014
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2014