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Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia

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Airlie Beach Overview

Just off the coast of Queensland, Australia, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll find the Whitsundays, a group of 74 sun-drenched islands. The Whitsundays islands are a magical destination for those seeking romance or the serenity of nature. The national parks are a plethora of rainforests, terracotta colored hills and mountains that descend down to beautiful sandy beaches. Whitsundays’ waters will remind you of jewels; glistening crystals with splendors of aqua and emerald green.

Exploring the Whitsundays is a great way to discover what the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. Among the most renowned of the Whitsundays islands are Daydream, Hayman, Hook, South Molle, Hamilton and Lindeman. The mainland towns are home to luxurious resorts, golf courses, fabulous shopping and amazing restaurants. The most visited include Airlie Beach, Shute Harbor, Cannonvale and the historic town of Proserpine.

The Whitsundays are a vacationer’s paradise all year round. Days are long and warm while evenings are clear and temperate. With such wonderful weather, the Whitsundays attracts campers who like to enjoy serene nights under the stars. This is also one more way in which to experience the unique wildlife of the Whitsundays.

Begin your adventure through the Whitsundays with a tour of Airlie Beach; marvel in its magnificent views and vibrant nightlife. Visit the National parks or play a round of golf. Continue on to Hamilton Island, the most romantic of the islands offering breathtaking views and beautiful sunsets. You can stay at a private bungalow or choose a luxurious spa resort and get the full pampering treatment. The island is a great place to shop for great swimwear or fabulous gifts.

Your can continue your adventure in the Whitsundays with a visit to Hayman Island, a great place to find galleries or enjoy a sunset cruise. Take a stroll through amazing national parks or shop for unique art work. Blue Pearl Bay National Park is a must for all visitors. Here you’ll see fauna and flora indigenous to this part of the world as well as rare plants which have made it to the endangered species list.

For visitors traveling to the Whitsundays with the family, South Molle is a great choice. You can enjoy the island’s Polynesian feel and relax with a multitude of activities like archery or tennis.

Do not miss the chance to continue exploring other islands like Daydream; this one in particular is known for its Mediterranean feel, magnificent beachfront restaurants and great forest tracking trails. It’s another great Whitsundays destination.

And for those who like to rough it and would rather go backpacking than stay at a resort, Hook Island is the place for them. This jewel among the Whitsundays has gained a reputation for being the place to party.

But more than just breathtaking beauty, the Whitsundays is also a place to enjoy gourmet food from around the globe as well as regional cuisine. You’ll find that the Whitsundays gastronomy is characterized by its main asset: fresh seafood.

The Whitsundays is easy to access by plane. However, beware that when you arrive, you won’t want to leave.
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