Australia is a destination that caters to any type of traveler. Whether you are into cultural travel, adventure travel, beach relaxation, or luxury travel, there is opulence. The first thing on everyone’s to do list when staying in Australia is to visit the Great Barrier Reef, and what better way to get there than to make a stop at the spectacular Whitsunday Isles and bask in the sun heating the white sands.
Located off the central coast of Queensland, the Whitsundays are a collection of tropical islands, with Hamilton Island as the main destination for tourists from all over the world. There are all kinds of activities to do at the Whitsundays, and here is just a quick look at the most popular options.
There are two major island resorts in the Whitsundays – Hamilton island has a long history of being the richest, most spectacular and luxurious gathering point in the region. It is decked with Hotel qualia, easily recognized by its excessive use of lowercase fonts. Staying at qualia means a choice between the Leeward Pavillion, where you can bask in the scenery of Hamilton Island and the Coral Sea, and the Windward Pavillion, where you will wake up to a spectacular horizon complete with the Whitsundays and the Coral Sea. If you are feeling especially posh, the Beach House offers more privacy than the Pavillions. The more recently established resort is the One & Only at Hayman Island. It has experienced several make-overs over time, but the most recent one places it shoulder to shoulder with the high-class qualia.
Though both are spectacular, neither is fit for those planning a budget trip. Australia is well known as a pricey country, and its crown jewel, the Whitsundays, are a destination for mostly those at the top of the food chain. There are other ways to visit them, without being subject to the sky-high hotel rates. The best way to see the Whitsundays is by boat, naturally, so make sure to charter a boat in Queensland, preferably a liveaboard. This is the best way to see everything the 74 islands have to offer, guided by an Australian who knows the way like the back of his hand, and having someone else worry about your bread and breakfast for a little while. The fishing trips are expectedly promising, after all, you will be fishing in the crystalline Coral Sea. Going by boat also makes better use of your time taking away the mini-charters you would have to make in order to schedule water sports such as snorkeling, diving, jet skiing, parasailing and wakeboarding. When you’ve had your liveaboard island fun, you can easily just continue your trip on to the Great Barrier Reef itself.
Get your summer groove on at Whitehaven or Airlie Beach, the two best known white-sanded tranquil hotspots. Sinking their feet in the silica white sand at Whitehaven Beach remains in every visitor’s hearts the single most beautiful beach memory in their life. Airlie Beach provides excellent skydiving opportunities for the bravest, but that is not what it is best known for. As the official entrance to the Whitsunday Islands, Airlie Beach has what it takes to stand up to Whitehaven Beach. It may not have the whitest sand in the world, but it does have amazing bush walks, camel rides along the beach, the spectacular Whitsundays Great Walk, and delicious wining and dining at Airlie Beach Esplanade. The Airlie marinas are opulent, but you too can feel like a boat owner if you sign up for a bit of volunteering at the weekly Wednesday afternoon sailing at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.
For a more active trip, Hamilton Island provides a great selection at its Sports Club. The available activities range from luxurious spa treatments to target practice and bowling to go-karting. A well-respected family center, there are mini-golf terrains to give your youngest ones a sense of accomplishment, but the regular par 71 golf course is located on nearby Dent Island, a boat-ride well worth it for any avid golfer.
Daydream Island comes with its own living reef, a man-made living coral reef lagoon, one of the largest in the world. Guests are invited to hand feed stingrays and sharks, well accustomed to people. And if you wish to meet the most famous Australian residents, look no further than the Hamilton Island Wildlife Park, a family-friendly zoo where you can go on a Kangaroo Walk, a reptile tour, and cuddle with koalas. The best offer is the Buffet Breakfast, ensuring you spend a quality morning satiating your need for scrumptious local food and delightful wildlife.
If you are looking for a shorter, equally breathtaking trip, you can charter a seaplane and fly over the entirety of the islands, enjoying the view from above. You can even have it drop you off at a private island for a daytrip you will never forget.