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Whitsunday Islands Cruises

The Whitsundays are home to some of the world’s most pristine beaches and are one of Australia’s most picturesque holiday destinations. The group of 74 islands lies between the northwestern coast of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef.

The latter shelters the Whitsundays so that the surrounding waters are:

  • Warm
  • Calm

Most of the Whitsunday Islands are uninhibited with endless possibilities for:

  • Hiking
  • Diving
  • Snorkelling

However, if you’d like to stay longer, seven of the islands offer accommodation and there are options to suit every budget:

  • Luxury resorts
  • Family hotels
  • Lodges
  • Camping sites

Things To Do

There is so much to do and see on these islands, everywhere you look there will be:

  • Beautiful lagoons
  • Unique reefs
  • Spectacular marine life
  • Caves

However, if you only have a day or two to explore, here are some things not to miss out on:

  • The Whitehaven Beach – said to be the finest beach in the region
  • Airlie Beach – the Islands’ central hub
  • Conway National Park – the tropical rainforest with pandanus and paperbark woodlands
  • The Heart Reef – you might have seen it in magazines but here is your chance to see the famous reef with your own eyes

Cruise Lines

Some of the most exclusive cruise lines offer itineraries that include the Whitsundays:

  • Silversea
  • Regent Seven Seas
  • Viking Ocean Cruises

There are those, however, that will cruise you away to this spectacular region on a budget:

  • P&O Australia
  • Carnival Cruises Australia

All of the above will have home port departures, so select one that’s closest to you:

  • Sydney
  • Brisbane
  • Cairns

The Best Time to Visit

This will depend on whether you are planning on going into the water for swimming, diving, snorkelling or any other water activity. Let us note that it would be a shame not to considering the astonishing marine life.

  • June, July and August – the winter months are very comfortable for exploring the islands temperature-wise but the water is pretty cool.
  • September and October – the beginning of spring is ideal in all senses: temperatures are mild, little to no rain, humidity is low.