• Corner Ocean Road
    & The Beacons
    Port of Airlie, Airlie Beach

THE WHITSUNDAYS

The Whitsundays is a world renowned holiday hot-spot and one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations with icons like the Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach at the top of millions of bucket lists worldwide. It is renowned for its tropical islands, beautiful national parks and impeccable tropical climate, which attract a multitude of tourists from across the globe to the region each year.

The Whitsundays offers consistent year round warm weather with the peak travelling period between June and October. The region attracts a range of visitor markets including backpackers, families, budget, 5-star, grey nomads and cruise ship travellers as well as the growing corporate/ business events market. The Whitsundays boast a substantial wedding and meeting, incentive, conference and exhibition (MICE) business.

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the world’s largest coral reef system is located just 34 nautical miles off the coast of the Whitsundays. This World Heritage listed area offers one of -a-kind snorkelling and scuba diving activities, with stunning scenery of thousands of species of brightly coloured fish, beautiful corals and a diverse marine life including humpback whales, dolphins, turtles and dugong.

WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS
 74 sun-soaked tropical islands of outstanding natural beauty and secluded natural anchorages, providing one of the world’s best sailing and boating destinations. Only 8 of the 74 islands are inhabited with 'world class' resorts, such as Hayman Island and Qualia on Hamilton Island (both rated as one of the best in the world).

WHITEHAVEN BEACH
Often voted one of the 'top 10 beaches in the world', Whitehaven Beach's white silica sands are unlike regular sand, it does not retain heat making it comfortable to walk barefoot during summer. At the northern end of the beach is Hill Inlet, a stunning cove where the tide shifts the sand and the water to create a beautiful, swirling fusion of colours, while striking rock formations and fringing coral reefs can be found at the southern end.

Significant tourism investment and major projects are now underway and planned around Airlie Beach, including:
•   $2 billion re-development of the Laguna Whitsundays Resort
•   $600 million re-development of Lindeman Island Resort
•   Development of Daydream Island Resort and Spa and South Molle Island Resort
•   Redevelopment of Brampton Island
•   Adani’s $22 billion Carmichael mine will be built in the Galilee Basin, south-west of Airlie Beach