LONG ISLAND
Long Island is 11 kilometres long and just over one kilometre wide. The island boasts 20 kilometres of bushwalking tracks, among the best in the Whitsundays. The three resorts on Long Island each provide a different experience. Young and old, families and couples, honeymooners... accommodation ranges from budget, to exclusive beachfront rooms... it's difficult not to enjoy Long Island.
LONG ISLAND IS THE IDEAL DESTINATION FOR THOSE SEEKING TO EXPLORE THE WHITSUNDAYS. THE ISLAND HAS THREE DIFFERENT RESORTS TO CHOOSE FROM, EACH ONE OF THEM CATERING TO DIFFERENT GROUPS.
The view from Long Island, part of the Whitsunday Islands, in Tropical North Queensland, Australia. Long Island is part of the Molle Islands National Park. Originally called Port Molle, (YET ANOTHER MOLLE?) the island was renamed (equally unimaginitively) Long Island by explorer Matthew Flinders.

Long Island is considered one of the most beautiful Whitsunday Islands. The whole island is a national park, with more than 20 kilometres of fantastic walking tracks and beautiful palm fringed secluded beaches. If you are staying in Long Island, do not miss Paradise Bay, situated on the southern end of the island. Day visitors are not allowed on Paradise Bay and it caters for a maximum of 20 guests at the time. In Paradise Bay you will have the opportunity to explore it by yacht and see dolphins, turtles and other wildlife.

Your Long Island experience will depend on which of the three island resorts you choose to spend your vacation. The largest, Long Island Resort, caters to the young and young-at-heart, with a variety of evening entertainment and a late night disco. Peppers Palm Bay Hideaway is considerably more relaxed, and upmarket, and much smaller, with just 21 Melanesian style bungalows stretched along a sandy beach. On the southern tip of the island, separated by eight kilometres of dense rainforest, is Paradise Bay (formerly known as 'Whitsunday Wilderness Lodge'). This is possibly the ultimate escape, an exclusive, secluded island retreat catering for a maximum of ten guests in total luxury.

The choice is yours! Of course, the location of Long Island makes it the perfect place for exploring the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef, and regardless of which resort you choose, snorkelling and scuba diving are sure to be incredible.

ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO - LONG ISLAND

AIR WHITSUNDAY
Whitsunday Airport, Airlie Beach
Phone (07) 4946 9111 / Fax (07) 4946 9100
Along with their snorkelling tours to the reef, Air Whitsunday also provide day trips to island resorts, picnics at Whitehaven Beach, scenic flights with the added bonus of a water landing

LONG ISLAND RESORT
This 3.5 star standard Whitsundays holiday resort is a popular haven for visitors to the Whitsunday region. It has restaurants, swimming pools, tennis courts, kids club (4-14 years), activities, bars, nightly entertainment and so much more. For the adventurous, it will be difficult to decide which activities to do first: beach volleyball, paddle boats, paddle skis, two floodlit tennis courts, games room, table tennis... all of these activities are complimentary. Of course, if you just want to chill by the pool, or stretch out in a beachside hammock, well, that's free too. Snorkelling equipment is avilable for hire, as are jetskis, dinghys, and fishing tackle. waterskiing, tube rides, parasailing and mini golf are all available.

Relax under the palm trees on the beach, enjoy some of the countless island activities or explore the 20 kilometres of bushwalks considered by many to be some of the prettiest in the Whitsunday Islands group. But the fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down. Night time brings live entertainment in the Sandbar Lounge - karaoke, musical acts, games night, casino night or beach party night - and for the die-hards, there's a nightclub to dance the night away.

Babysitting and a Kids Club for 4 to 14 year olds are available, with supervised activities ranging from a treasure hunt, arts and crafts, face painting, fish/bird feeding and much more.

PARADISE BAY (formerly known as 'South Long Island Nature Lodge')
Paradise, in the Whitsunday Islands, Tropical North Queensland.Paradise Bay is completely self sufficient for fresh water, electricity, and waste water disposal, using a combination of solar power, natural gas and collected rainwater. It was designed and built with the aim of creating Australia's most unique and environmentally sustainable resort.

The Lodge has been rated for the past seven years by Frommers Travel Guide as one of Australia's top ten 'alternative accommodations'. Accessible only by helicopter, this intimate eco-resort is free of TVs, telephones, and even electricity outlets! This place is the very definition of 'getting away from it all'. Private waterfront cabins accommodate a total of ten guests. The Lodge owns and operates its own 34 foot yacht, which sails each day (except Sundays) to explore the surrounding reefs and islands. All sailing, snorkelling and kayaking excursions are available for guests all day at no additional cost. The all-inclusive tariff even includes a helicopter tour.

This is a unique way to experience and explore the magnificent Whitsunday islands and Great Barrier Reef, with no distractions, no young children, and no day visitors. Managers are proud of the Lodge as being incredibly exclusive, without being elitist or pretentious in any way - allowing people to mix and make friends in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.

ACCOMMODATION AND DINING - LONG ISLAND

Long Island Resort offers a range of accommodation in Queensland's beautiful Whitsundays.Whitsundays accommodation at Long Island Resort.LONG ISLAND RESORT
Phone (07) 4946 9400 / Fax (07) 4946 9555
Tollfree 1800 075 125

www.longislandresort.com.au

All the magic a holidaymaker could ever want!

Most room rates INCLUDE ALL MEALS! All-inclusive packages ensure you enjoy 3 delicious meals daily. All meals are presented buffet style guaranteeing a wide range of tempting treats. The dinner buffets are themed and change daily to ensure the highest quality and the freshest produce. Each evening will present a variety of new and exciting taste sensations, complimented by a quality selection of wines and other beverages. The open sided restaurant allows outside/inside dining.

Long Island's accommodation enhances the natural ambience of an island setting, and has the usual facilities that one could expect from an award winning 160 room three and a half star island resort... restaurants, swimming pools, tennis courts, kids club (4-14 years), activities, bars, nightly entertainment and so much more.

Guests can choose from three different room styles: Beachfront Rooms, located just metres away from the sea and provides the perfect spot for viewing the sunset over the reef in Happy Bay; Garden Rooms, which overlooks the lush gardens featuring palms, ferns, flowers and green grass; and Lodge Rooms which are the most economical option.

Enjoy the magic of nature with 20 kilometres of scenic walking tracks, explore the 2500 acres of national park and palm fringed beaches – ideal for all ages and fitness levels.

The fully licensed Café Paradiso is open every day for an alternative, more casual dining experience with a selection of gourmet delights including pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches.
PARADISE BAY (formerly known as 'South Long Island Nature Lodge')
Phone / Fax (07) 4946 9777
Emphasis at Paradise Bay is on nature, personalized service and fine dining. With fresh supplies delivered each morning from the mainland, the Lodge's two chefs create an exquisite dining experience each day. Individual dietary requirements, vegetarians and vegans can be easily catered for.

Breakfast consists of a selection of fresh fruit, juice, cereals, breads, yogurts, cold meats, cheeses, eggs, an individually prepared full cooked breakfast on request, plus freshly brewed coffee or tea. Lunch is usually a gourmet style picnic pack to take with you on the yacht. Dinner is served in the open gazebo overlooking the beach, in a friendly, homey atmosphere in a spectacular unspoiled natural environment. Expect three courses of fine dining accompanied by excellent premium Australian wines, good conversation, a warm, gentle breeze off the ocean, and the clearest night sky you'll ever see.

A sample of the dinner mains include the following:-
Fresh local Barramundi served on parsley potato mash with bok choy and lemon aioli.
Rib eye fillet steak served with marinated kifler potatoes, green beans and squash with red wine jus.
Macadamia crusted chicken breast on lemon risotto, ponzu butter and fresh vegetables.
Pan fried Tasmanian salmon with salsa veroli on a bed of seeded potato mash, asparagus and roasted parsnips.
Grilled lamb loin strap with pearl barley and rosemary jus and fresh vegetables.

Accommodation is in private - architect designed - waterfront bungalows, perched on the foreshore of Paradise Bay, just metres above the high tide mark. BThere is a five night minimum - they claim that visiting the Lodge for less than five nights is a bit like seeing only half a good movie.

It's also possible to reserve the Lodge and all its facilities for your own exclusive use - for up to ten people. Two night minimum applies.

CAMPING
There's a National Parks and Wildlife campsite at Sandy Bay. For more information about camping in the Molle Islands National Park, please CLICK HERE.

GETTING TO LONG ISLAND

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If staying at Paradise Bay, helicopter transfers to and from Hamilton Island airport or Airlie Beach will be arranged for you, and are included in the cost of accommodation.

Quantas connects Hamilton Island with the most important airports of Tropical North Queensland. There are transfers between Hamilton Island and Long Island.Hamilton Island is serviced by Virgin Blue. You can then reach Long Island by launch.Transport from Hamilton Island and Long Island is available.



You can fly direct to nearby Hamilton Island from most Australian cities and transfer to Long Island by launch. Or, fly to Prosperpine or Mackay on the mainland, travel by coach to Shute Habour, and then by launch.

Qantas, Virgin Blue and Jetstar all fly to Mackay, Proserpine and Hamilton Island from most state capitals and major centres. Prices vary according to demand.

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* HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT IS REFERRED TO AS 'GREAT BARRIER REEF AIRPORT', CODE HTI.
* PROSERPINE AIRPORT IS REFERRED TO AS 'WHITSUNDAY COAST AIRPORT', CODE PPP.
* THE SMALL LOCAL AIRPORT BETWEEN AIRLIE BEACH AND SHUTE HARBOUR IS CALLED 'WHITSUNDAY AIRPORT'.

Long Island's Palm Bay and Happy Bay are the nearest safe anchorages to Shute Harbour and therefore a popular spot for yachties.

AIR WHITSUNDAY
Whitsunday Airport, Airlie Beach
Phone (07) 4946 9111 / Fax (07) 4946 9100
Along with their snorkelling tours to the reef, Air Whitsunday also provide day trips to island resorts, picnics at Whitehaven Beach, scenic flights with the added bonus of a water landing

WHITSUNDAY TRANSIT
Phone (07) 4946 1800
Whitsunday Transit coaches has frequent connecting services between Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour, and also to Proserpine's Whitsunday Coast Airport and Proserpine Railway Station.

Pristine Whitehaven Beach, on Whitsunday Island. Hamilton Island's 2000 person resort, in Australia's Whitsunday Islands.
Typical Whitsunday view, in Tropical North Queensland.