Whitsundays Travel Guide

The Whitsundays are a group of islands located off the central coast of Queensland. The Whitsundays are located 1,400 kilometres north of Brisbane. This island group may seem to be far away from Australia’s major population centres, but it is easily accessible via plane or ferry.

The Whitsundays are quite important for the economy of Queensland. Many communities in the Whitsundays and the Australian mainland rely on visitors for income. On average, the Whitsunday Islands receive over 700,000 annual visitors. This is an incredible amount of traffic for an area that does not have any major cities.


Although the Whitsunday Islands have become important for the modern people of Australia, they have been occupied by Aboriginal people for over 5,000 years. The Ngaro and Gia Aboriginal groups are the traditional landowners of the Whitsundays. This group of islands was first discovered by Europeans during the 18th century when James Cook explored the coast of Queensland with the HMS Endeavour.

Things to see and do in the Whitsundays

This cluster of islands covers a total area of 283 square-kilometres. While this is a large area, most of the territory consists of marine environments. Most of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands are remote, so you will be able to enjoy a rejuvenating experience in the serenity of the marine wilderness. The central island of the cluster is Whitsunday Island, and the rest of the islands and islets are disorderly scattered across the Coral Sea. You will be awed by secret coves and pristine beaches when you explore this aquatic labyrinth.

The Coral Sea around the Whitsundays is suitable for kayaking and other boating sports. Appreciate your calm surroundings by gently paddling across the vast open waters. After you have enjoyed the rich beauties of the islands and the surrounding waters, use diving gear to explore the magical coral reefs beneath the sea’s surface.

Whitehaven Beach – Whitsundays, Queensland

Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island.

Continue your holiday in the Whitsundays by visiting Whitehaven Beach. With its powdery sands, aquamarine waters, and quiet atmosphere, Whitehaven Beach is an excellent place to enjoy a day of relaxation. Lay on a comfortable blanket of sand while you listen to the rhythmic crashing of waves on the beach. You may also hear the beautiful music of birds from the rain forest.

Between May and September, you can watch whales pass through the Whitsundays during their annual migration. Over 30 species of whales pass through the Whitsundays and the nearby Great Barrier Reef, so seeing this annual migration is a rewarding opportunity.