Located in the Great Barrier Reef, along Queensland’s idyllic coastline, The Whitsundays Islands offer some of the most relaxing settings in the world.
This collection of 74 uninhabited islands is home to the most perfect blue waters in the southern hemisphere. With something for everyone, the Whitsundays Islands have now become one of the most popular holidaying destinations on earth.
The resorts in Whitsundays offer everything from luxurious relaxation to adventure-filled family fun. All number of water sports and exploration trips are available to those who have the energy to burn. In addition, those looking for a more tranquil stay can watch the sunset while sipping cocktails and enjoying the local hospitality.
Getting to Whitsundays
The majority of international visitors commonly arrive via Brisbane Airport. From here they can find a domestic flight to take them the final 1100km journey to the Islands.
If you fly in from Sydney then the flight time is just 1 1/2 hours, and Melbourne is just a two hour flight.
The Whitsundays Islands have two major airports, Whitsunday Coast Airport at Proserpine, and the Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island. The Whitsundays Airport is also the major entry point to the area. The Great Barrier Reef Airport is located in the actual islands themselves.
For those visitors that are already located in Australia, it is possible to travel to Whitsundays by train. Regular trains run from either Brisbane or Cairns with both offering standard rail trips to the Islands.
If you decide to drive, there is also a wealth of car rental options from within Australia. This sets up the prospect of a road trip down “The Bruce Highway” that runs between Brisbane and Cairns.
Top 3 Whitsundays Resorts & Hotels
#1. Reef View Hotel – The Popular Choice
The breathtaking views from the Reef View Hotel make it one of the most popular destinations in the Whitsundays. The hotel has a mixture of luxury, terrace, and presidential suites. Many suites come with private balconies and views overlooking the Coral Sea.
The hotel’s facilities include a swimming pool, bar, restaurant, and shop all on-site. In addition, guests are welcome to use the hotels day spa, gym, and lounge. As far as Whitsundays accommodation options go, the Reef View Hotel is possibly the nicest on the beautiful Hamilton Island.
At Reef View, the daily details are all taken care of with a maximum of class. 24-hour reception, on-site concierge, and a night porter are all freely available to help you enjoy your stay. The hotel has a full Wi-Fi internet service and is served by a door-to-door service airport shuttle.
#2. Daydream Island Resort – The Family Choice
Daydream Island Resort & Spa is a wonderful tropical getaway with a host of activities for visitors to enjoy.
The resort itself provides some of Whitsundays’ finest accommodation, with beautiful,well-styled rooms and outstanding views throughout the facility. Whether you like to stay in or go explore, this is a great place to start out your day.
When it comes to exploration there is so much to do, from visiting the National Park and taking a rainforest walk, to hitting up one of the islands three golden beaches, guests are spoiled for choice. Enjoy amazing interactions with the local wildlife by snorkeling or visiting the Living Reef open-air aquarium.
Those who want to stay closer to home can unwind at The Daydream Rejuvenation Spa, or kick back with some popcorn at the resort’s open-air cinema. There is even a 19 hole golf course for the Dad’s in the party.
Visitors can get easy access to Daydream from Hamilton Island Airport and the Whitsunday Coast Airport located in Proserpine
#3. Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort – The Luxurious Choice
The most northern island of the Whitsunday Islands, Haymon is known for its refined style and grace. This superb location offers exquisite service in the most beautiful of settings.
Hayman Island might just be the most unique 5-star resort in Whitsundays. Guests are given a selection of 12 different room styles to choose from so there something for every preference.
The island itself features a glorious stretch of beachfront and some of the most tropical and exotic plant and animal life in the whole region.
The resort is stacked with activities, of the many fantastic on-site facilities available we recommend the huge swimming pool (7 times the size of an Olympic pool!), sauna’s, spa’s, Tennis and Squash courts, fitness center and gym. On top of this, there are a host of bars and restaurants, a shopping arcade, and even a beauty salon in case the wind blows your hair out of place.
Venturing off away from the resort, you can enjoy windsurfing, catamaran sailing, snorkeling, and private fishing trips. There are so many beautiful things to explore it is practically impossible not to have fun at Hayman Island Resort
Whitsundays Resorts & Hotels Recap
This exotic set of islands is fast becoming one of the most popular holiday destinations on earth. No matter your situation, whether you are a family, a group of friends, or a couple looking for a romantic getaway, this amazing destination has something for you.
We have selected three of the finest resort facilities on the islands, but remember this is a collection of 74 islands, a whole world of wonder to explore. Quickbreaks will continue to give our readers the lowdown on the amazing holiday destinations throughout the Oceanic region.