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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  • 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 »
  • We arrived here 2 days ago and really love the place. We had intended to do island hopping but were disappointed to find the main ferry company only ran to Hamilton as the other islands were still rec...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • The islands themselves are gorgeous. But the diving is very disappointing, the reefs got damaged and silted by the recent cyclone. Go further north to Port Douglas, to see a live Great Barrier Reef. We went on the 3 day liveaboard Anaconda III trip, and I will post a review separately (a disaster in a making on its own, the boat is in a pitiful condition).
  • Whitest and finest sand I have ever seen. Even though the day was not the best I had an amazing time in whitsunday island and would definitely recommend it.

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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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