Renae Diggles

June 21, 2021

Exploring Resort Islands of the Whitsundays

Renae Diggles

June 21, 2021

There are 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays. Although you can day trip to many of the islands, there are only a handful of resort islands to be found. With a global pandemic upon us, domestic travel has become more appealing. And so it should be. We have the most beautiful coastline, with the silica sands of Whitehaven Beach, and the breathtaking coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef.

fish in coral

There’s no better time to visit Queensland’s barrier reef now, with so many deals on offer. Tourism to the Whitsundays was shattered by the global pandemic. So, there’s never been a time like the present to support local tourism in Queensland.

How to Get to the Whitsundays

With Airlie Beach, just a short trip from the Proserpine airport, so many beautiful islands that make up the Whitsundays are at your doorstep. Airlie Beach offers some of the best accommodation that Queensland has to offer, with sweeping views of the coastline. It also offers plenty of entertainment, including restaurants, nightlife, and daily trips to some of the best islands.

Cairns is also a great place to stay, with affordable accommodation, and day trips across to some of the best islands, including Fitzroy Island and Green Island. Both islands also have their own resorts if you want to spend some time at these picturesque locations.

If you want to travel to the Whitsundays by train, you can board the Spirit of Queensland. It’s a great way to explore Queensland, with major stops at Proserpine and Cairns –  gateways to the Barrier Reef. Plus, it’s usually the most affordable way to get there from Brisbane. If you’re hopping off at Proserpine to venture to Airlie Beach, it will take approximately 14 hours via rail.

But if you’re like so many of us, getting to your destination quickly is appealing. For those who want to stay and play on Hamilton Island, you can get direct flights there from many capital cities. You can also travel there via helicopter, boat, ferry or private yacht. It depends on the experiences that you want to enjoy.

There are so many great deals on flights at the moment that you can book from Cairns, Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane to the Whitsundays.

Hamilton Island Runway

Hamilton Island

You will feel relaxed and put all your worries behind you from the second that you step foot onto the island. Hamilton Island is breathtaking, offering top-class accommodation, restaurants, golf buggies to get around, and so much entertainment for people of all ages. You’ll never be short of an adventure on Hamilton Island. You might be after a more relaxed holiday, enjoying one of the many cruises on offer, or a sunset sail.

If you’re an explorer, you might like to hike your way around the island, jump on a seaplane or even get a ride on a helicopter. For the more adventurous types, there’s wakeboarding, chartered fishing tours, jet boating, and parasailing.

And if you’re into a bit of pampering and relaxation, Hamilton Island has day spas, hair salons, and much more. Maybe you’d like a massage, a stroll along the beach, cocktails poolside, or a relaxing afternoon game of golf. Whatever you enjoy, Hamilton Island is breathtakingly beautiful, and a wonderful destination for all, with many flights and accommodation, deals on offer all year round. Take a look at some of the Hamilton Island holiday homes here.

Hayman Island

Hayman Island is a little bit fancy, and much quieter than Hamilton Island if you’re looking for a relaxing and quiet getaway. It’s very secluded, set right in the middle of nature with peace and serenity all year long. Hayman Island has one resort operated by the InterContinental Hotels Group®. This is definitely more of a holiday for relaxation and rejuvenation, you can still snorkel, paddleboard, or hike through nature and do some bird watching.

Guests of Hayman Island can book a connection from Hamilton Island airport to the InterContinental resort on Hayman Island. If you’re staying at Airlie Beach, you can day trip across to Hayman Island to discover the resort’s state-of-the-art facilities and pristine beaches.

Hayman Island

Daydream Island

Daydream Island

was battered by Cyclone Debbie. In October 2019, it re-opened its doors with 280 rooms, bars, restaurants, and resort pools. But the most exciting part of the island resort is the outdoor reef with a coral lagoon that goes around the main building. Like many of the other island resorts of the Whitsundays, Daydream offers fish feeding, snorkelling, helicopter rides and much more. But, like Hayman Island, many people go to Daydream Island for tranquillity. To get to Daydream Island you can go via ferry from Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island.

Daydream Island

Long Island

Long Island is a tiny resort island, that is quite close to the mainland. It’s surrounded by coral reefs and is a very peaceful paradise. You can opt to stay in the Palm Bay resort there, or enjoy camping with friends in the open camping space at Sandy Bay.

When you’re at Long Island you can take advantage of ocean sports including snorkelling, fishing, and water rafting. Or you can enjoy day trips to other islands, direct from the resort. Ultimately, you can relax and take your time to take in the spectacular landscape.

To get to Long Island, you can jump on the Shute Harbour water taxi, approximately 10 minutes from Airlie Beach. Alternatively, you can enjoy the picturesque views of the barrier reef by seaplane or helicopter over to Long Island.

helicopter over Moore Reef

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