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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  • June 14, 2017
    The Islands that make up the archipelago are approximately 74 scattered in the sea between the coast of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef (reef).
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  • April 8, 2017
    In the frame of a multiple-day sailing trips we have been on the Whitsundays - the highlight of the trip. Whitehaven beach is even more beautiful than I expected, especially if no flow of visitors there are, and you have the beach almost to himself. The beach is turquoise really almost white, the water beautifully and falls very flat. You must come and be the best few days in the area. , To relax there is hardly a better place.
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  • March 16, 2017
    long island what can I say spent my 50th birthday there, lovely breakfast until 10 am lunch beautiful, tours every day natural bush walks, romatic cruises at twilight, very popular for weddings , staf...  more »
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  • September 1, 2017
    Took a day sail around the Whitsunday Islands - we were pampered on board; while our eyes were pampered with the most gorgeous scenery. We were given time to swim on White Haven beach. Absolute paradise!
  • September 7, 2017
    Unbelivable.
  • November 2, 2016
    Scenic flight. Indeed the best way to explore
  • February 28, 2017
    Have a good trip!
  • November 3, 2016
    Whitsunday Islands are Australia's paradise

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Where to stay in Airlie Beach

As the jumping-off point for the Whitsunday Islands, Arlie Beach boasts a selection of hostels specifically catering to backpackers. Centrally located inns offer a low-cost option mere minutes from popular bars and restaurants. If you're looking for something quieter, consider one of the area's motels or rental apartments, many of which offer fully equipped kitchens, secure parking, and free Wi-Fi, just a walk away from good shopping and dining opportunities in central Arlie Beach. 
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