Collectively, 'the Whitsundays' comprises three main areas: the towns of Airlie Beach and Proserpine on Queensland's mainland, and the Whitsunday Islands in sapphire waters of the Pacific Ocean surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef. Proserpine provides luscious green foliage and fertile farming land, noted for its production of sugar cane. A small but interesting country town, Proserpine makes a good stopover, for lunch or overnight, on your way north.
Airlie Beach, a beach resort town, is the stepping stone to the Whitsunday Islands . Located on the mainland of Australia , but with miles of soft white sands and tranquil waters, Airlie Beach
offers a value-for-money holiday and is popular with backpackers.
The Whitsunday Islands are a group of seventy-four islands which provide some of the most stunning tropical scenery in Australia with palm trees, sandy shores and exotic flora and fauna adorning them. Many are surrounded by tropical coral reefs which are excellent for scuba diving, snorkelling or simply reef walking and observing the living natural wonder beneath your feet.
Day trips are available from the mainland or many islands offer accommodation where you can stay and explore. If you fancy a spot of island hopping however, there are ferries running between some points and you can take a look around at your own pace. Alternatively, take a helicopter ride to get a bird's eye view of the islands and be amazed by their beauty.
Numerous activities are available on the islands: try sailing, hiking or fishing during the days, and at night let the star-spotted canopy above sooth you to sleep.
There are numerous resorts and restaurants for you to choose from throughout the region with most serving fresh and local delicacies and many hosting live entertainment. Accommodation ranges from hostels and caravan parks to being pampered in opulent luxury!
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