Whitsunday Island is the largest island in the Whitsundays, and is part of the Whitsundays Islands National Park. There's no development on this wilderness island, no resort, no golf course, and no regular scheduled ferry service. What you will find are a few basic campsites, some hiking trails, an island of unspoilt and possibly the most stunningly beautiful beach in Tropical North Queensland, if not the world! A visit to Whitsunday Island is a must, whether as a day trip from Airlie Beach, or as part of a longer islands cruise.


The paradise of Whitsunday Island. The Ngaro people lived on Whitsunday and other surrounding Islands for many thousands of years. Captain Cook records seeing them while surveying the area in the 1700's. The island's landscape is one of tropical forest, but the highlight for visitors is magnificent Whitehaven Beach, on the island's east coast. This pristine expanse of pure white silica sand is undoubtedly the most beautiful beach in the region. Stretching more than nine kilometres, the talcum white sand is fringed by brilliant blue water on one side and lush tropical island on the other. It is not surprising that Whitehaven Beach is the most photographed beach in the Whitsundays. Take a walk to Hill Inlet at the northern end of the beach. At the right tide time, the view over Whitehaven Beach is magical. Be careful... it could take your breath away!

The sand of Whitehaven Beach is almost pure silica, 99.89 percent quartz. For a short time during the 1960's, this ultra fine white sand was actually mined and exported to Japan for the manufacture of fine glass products. Now, of course, the sand along with the rest of the island is protected as National Park.

Although Whitehaven Beach is undoubtedly what draws most visitors to the island, there's much more to this sprawling island than just one beach. On the western side of the island, there are three campsites at Cid Harbour, overlooking coral and pebble beaches. Dugong Beach is the nicest, sheltered under rainforest trees. It can be reached by a 20 minute walk along narrow hill paths from Sawmill Beach, once the site of a sawmill supplying high quality timber to the mainland.


Well, the attractions of Whitsunday Island are quite obvious. As for activities... well, anything that can be done on a deserted island can be done here. Whitsunday Island is a nature lovers' paradise. Swimming in the crystal blue waters, snorkelling, bushwalking, or just soaking up the sun. Tranquility, that's what you come to Whitsunday Island for. Campers love Whitsunday Island as there are sites for every mood from the beaches to the rainforest close to a fresh water creek. Bring a sea kayak, and you'll have the chance to further explore the island's secluded inlets, coves and bays.

Every year in late August, during the the annual Hamilton Island Race Week yachting festival, hundreds of yachts and thousands of people descend on normally tranquil Whitehaven Beach for what has become known as 'Whitehaven Day', the biggest beach party in the Southern Hemisphere.

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.

24 The Cove Road, Port of Airlie
Phone (07) 4846 7000
Cruise Whitsundays provide transfers to/from Hamilton Island Airport and Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine) to Daydream Island Resort and Spa, Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island. The service provides a seamless, hassle free and fast connection for arriving and departing guests with modern and well-appointed vessels.


If you are looking to spend your vacation surrounded by nature, welcome to Whitsunday Island. No resorts, no hotels or any other development in the island. There are three campsites at Cid Harbour on the western side of the island.

There are no regular scheduled ferry services to Whitsunday Island. Perhaps that's part of the charm of this wonderful wilderness. But getting to Whitsunday Island is no challenge. It's a popular destination on any number of cruises and scenic flights. Seaplanes can even land you in the shallow water right next to delightful Whitehaven Beach. Day trips depart a number of the surrounding islands, as well as Airlie Beach, all bound for Whitehaven Beach. For a comprehensive list of tours around Whitsunday Island, please go to our REEF TOURS, our OCEAN TOURS and our SCENIC FLIGHTS TOURS pages.

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