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The Whitsunday Islands are without doubt one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been to. When traveling through Queensland, you get to know a lot of people that suggest tons of must-sees and must-do’s for your trip in Australia, from a bush walk through the Cape Tribulation rainforest to playing music with the hippies in Byron Bay. But there is one thing, which surely gets recommended often: the Whitsunday Islands with the whitest beaches and the most crystal clear water. Sounds good? Read on!
What are the Whitsunday Islands at all?
I have 15 reasons for you to visit Australia, here is one: the Whitsunday Islands. It’s are a group of islands off the eastern coast of the Australian state of Queensland. Which at a fleeting glance at a Whitsunday Islands map looks like only two islands are in fact 74 – it’s one big national park!
What makes the Whitsunday Islands so special?
Lush green pine forests, beautiful sandy beaches, brightly colored coral reefs and turquoise waters. Not without reason is the whole area part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
What to do on the Whitsunday Islands?
First of all, snorkeling, diving, swimming. Because the average water temperature is 20-24 °C all year round. Unfortunately, because of the jellyfish, swimming is often only possible in stinger suits. If you are not into swimming, make a bushwalk, hike up to the hills (be sure, you’ll have a stunning view from up there) or simply spend hours walking along the beautiful beaches of the Whitsunday Islands.
Even better: If you’re lucky and you visit the Whitsunday Islands from May to September, you can even watch migrating humpback whales that use the waters around the Whitsundays as calving grounds – what I can understand quite well.
What is the most beautiful beach on the Whitsunday Islands?
That’s easy: that is Whitehaven Beach! A beach that will remain imprinted on your memory for sure! Just a gentle easy 15-minute walk up a natural bush track will find you at the destination that so many people rave about. From the lookout you’ll see a sparkling white beach, which meanders through an incredible panorama five miles along the coast.
Here you will ask yourself how sand can actually be so extremely white. Here, you can take a break from everyday life. With sand that is so powder soft that it squeaks under your feet and so pure, that you can even use it to polish your jewelry.
Words simply can’t describe how beautiful this beach is…
Can you stay overnight on the Whitsunday Islands?
Yes you can. But remember that the whole area of the Whitsunday Islands is a national park. There are a couple of Whitsunday Islands resorts on Hamilton Island, on Daydream Island, on Hayman Island and a few others. And, there is also supposed to be a legal campsite near Whitehaven Beach (what I still consider to be a rumor until I see it with my own eyes… and probably camp there forever!)
What’s the best time to visit the Whitsunday Islands?
To be honest: at anytime! Because here in Queensland, the winter is better than any German or French summer, for example.
Nevertheless, the ideal time to visit is the dry and warm winter with cooler nights from May to October. In summer it can be really hot with high humidity.
How to get to the Whitsunday Islands?
You can ask for a Whitsunday Cruise in any travel agency on the east coast. They offer almost all the same packages. The rest is up to your negotiating skills.
The best thing is to book a two to three day Whitsunday Cruise. Most of them start in Airlie Beach, Australia, a quiet seaside town between Bowen and Mackay. You can choose between a variety of cruises, from a romantic catamaran for couples, a relaxed backpacker boat trip up to a three-day duration Party Cruise.
For some reason I ended up on the last one. Check you what I experienced during there three weird days in my post ‘The ultimate Whitsunday Islands cruise: Party madness in a natural reserve of Australia‘
Islands: Whitsunday Islands / State: Queensland / Continent: Australia
Travel time: It’s an all-season warm climate, but winter has the best temperatures and few rain
Arrival: Whitsunday islands sailing from Airlie Beach about 4 hours by sailing vessel
More about Australia? Check out the 15 reasons to visit Australia for the trip of a lifetime!
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