Whitsundays' hidden gems and icons


EVERYONE wants to travel somewhere to see it's iconic features. But everyone also has an explorer gene that makes them want to feel as though they are the first to discover a hidden gem.

In the Whitsundays, visitors can see a mix of both:



Island hop throughout Australia's largest chain of offshore islands, the 74 Whitsunday islands, eight of which are inhabited with holiday resorts.

Shop-hop throughout Proserpine, just 15 minutes inland from Airlie Beach, and home to fabulous boutique shops and guaranteed country hospitality.

Sink your toes into the glistening white silica sand of world famous Whitehaven Beach, a 7km long stretch of sparkling white sandy beach with azure blue waters.

Sink your teeth into a huge array of fresh local produce. Who knew the Whitsundays produces most of Australia's tomatoes? Not to mention delicious Bowen mangoes and fresh, tasty local Barramundi.

Enjoy the romance of seeing the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, 'Heart Reef', a natural formation of coral in the shape of a heart.

Enjoy the far less crowded but equally beautiful beaches of Bowen, a natural formation of seven beaches along the northern coastline of the Whitsundays.

Chart your own course and skipper yourself on a sailing holiday through some of the world's most beautiful and protected sailing grounds throughout the Whitsunday islands and Coral Sea.

Chart your own course and drive yourself inland to see the landscapes change to rugged mountain ranges, north to beautiful beaches and southwest to rich rainforest, all without too many other travellers to share it with.

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