Whitsunday Islands, Queensland

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Whitsunday Island is the largest island in the Whitsunday group of islands located off the coast of Central Queensland, Australia. Whitehaven Beach was rated as the top Eco Friendly Beach in the world by CNN.com in July 2010. The island should not be confused with Pinaki in the Tuamotu group which was named "Whitsunday Island" by Samuel Wallis in 1767. It is uninhabited today but was once settled by the sea-faring Ngaro people. The first of the logging camps on the island was set up by Eugene Fitzalan in 1861 to exploit the large hoop pine for construction of buildings on the mainland.GeographyThe island is accessible by boat from the mainland tourist ports of Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. It contains many popular destinations for both day visitors and overnight sailors, including the magnificent pure-white sands of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, the secure anchorage of Cid Harbour, and the sheltered waterway of Gulnare Inlet. The island has six campgrounds. Named by Captain James Cook in early June 1770, the island covers 27,508ha in area. Around the northern bays of the island are seagrass beds which support a diverse range of marine life. Unadorned rock-wallabies are found on the island.
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  • So far the white heaven beach is the nicest beach I've been to. The sand is truly different, looks different, feels different. The water was lovely, however I would recommend going when it's not sting...  more »
  • Amazing staff, great locations, unbelieveable great party and the food was crazy aswel. This is a must visit on the east coast, and i will definetly recommend this place to everyone.  more »
  • The Whitsunday Islands must be one of the most beautiful places on earth! I cannot wait to return to this wonderful place!  more »
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  • Simply breathtaking. I would absolutely recommend a boat tour around the Islands to really get up close to the sea life as well as relaxing on the beach.
  • My family and I rented a 40' catamaran for 5 days from Airlie Beach marina. We had a fantastic time and I would recommend it to anyone. The Great Barrier Reef should be saved from coal mining and any other industrial atrocities at all costs.
  • It was a great experence to ne cause i haven t seen something so nice
  • After Maldives these islands and beaches must be another heaven on earth.
  • Spectacular islands that are all unique and different and surrounded by the great barrier reef. Amazing part of Queensland
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