Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
Whitsunday Islands are a group of 74 islands that lie off the coast of Queensland, Australia and form part of the Great Barrier Reef. The island group is centred on Whitsunday Island, while the group's commercial centre is Hamilton Island.They are one of the most popular Australian tourist destinations.
The vast majority of islands are designated national parks and major attractions include access to coral reefs for snorkeling and diving, pristine beaches, especially Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island and clear aquamarine warm waters.
Things to See and Do
* Scuba diving & snorkeling
* Whitehaven Beach
* Great Barrier Reef
* Island hopping
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Australian Dollar (AUD$)
Language – English
Population – 3,000 approx
Electricity – 2 angled pins and 1 flat pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 61
Port Location – Shute Harbour is located approximately 10 kilometres east of Airlie Beach. There are regular bus and taxi services too and from the port.
Transport Links – Hamilton Island and Proserpine are the airports that service the region. Boats depart from adjacent to the airport at Hamilton to many of the Whitsunday Island resorts. Alternatively you can get the bus from Proserpine to Shute Harbour, and out to the islands from there.
There are buses from Airlie Beach to Shute Harbour as well, and it is a popular stopping off point.