Hayman Island is home to a luxuriously appointed $300 million resort, but there's still places on the island where you can enjoy bushwalking or snorkelling.
Hook Island is a wilderness. All but a tiny section of the island is protected as a National Park, and you can still find Aboriginal paintings in caves near the beach. The Hook Island Resort provides probably some of the most affordable accommodation in the Whitsundays.
There's no development on Whitsunday Island, no resort and no scheduled ferry service. But maybe that's part of its charm. Oh, and there's always Whitehaven Beach, the most photographed beach in the Whitsundays, if not the whole state of Queensland. You'll really have to see it to understand why. Please visit our 'Whitsunday Island' page for details of cruises and flights to this remarkable destination.
Although barely a speck in the blue, blue sea, Daydream Island sure seems to fit a lot into a small package. The island is effectively split into two halves by lush rainforest. The southern end, Daydream Village, is open to day-trippers and has pools, shops and cafes. The northern end of the island is exclusive to resort guests only.
South Molle Island is only half an hour from Shute Harbour by regular ferry transfer. There's no end of activities at the South Molle Resort, golf, fishing, and the full range of watersports.
Long Island has something for everyone, with a choice of resorts from the rollicking 18-30's Club Crocodile, to the tranquil Palm Bay Hideaway. Regular ferry services connect Long Island with Shute Harbour, and neighbouring Daydream and Hamilton Islands.
Hamilton Island is almost entirely devoted to tourism. Regular ferry connections link Hamilton Island with Shute Harbour, and a number of neighbouring islands. Hamilton Island also boasts a major airport offering connections to major centres around Australia. A popular destination, Hamilton Island can host up to 2000 people, and 200 boats, at any time.
It says something about Lindeman Island that this was the chosen location for Australia's first Club Med resort. The rest of the island is National Park, with 20 kilometres of walking trails, and panoramic views over many of the neighbouring islands.
Being the most southerly of the Whitsunday Islands, Brampton Island is connected not to Shute Harbour or Airlie Beach, but to Mackay, to the southwest. There is a daily ferry service each way.
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Abel Point Marina is a short walk from the town centre. A taxi service is available.
Shute Harbour is about eight kilometres southeast of Airlie Beach. Whitsunday Transit coaches has frequent connecting services between Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour for $4.65