The Whitsundays look like they’ve stepped out of a storybook. Majestic white sands frill out around the edges of the 74 islands, each one boasting breath-taking scenery of lush forests that meander down into the aqua shades of the ocean. Perhaps the most mesmerizing thing about the Whitsundays, though, is their stillness. Sheltered by the pretty expanse of the Great Barrier Reef, they feature a calmness like nowhere else, making them perfect for relaxing sailing adventures.
Here, the stunning beaches are the biggest draw – particularly Whitehaven Beach, which is exceptionally special thanks to its pure white silica sand.
There’s Airlie Beach, too, which is another favourite. This sits on the mainland and acts as the gateway to the islands, making it a lively place to begin your Whitsundays experience. Out of the 74 islands, only seven have tourist resorts. For the most part they are uninhabited and, instead of high-rise apartment blocks and luxury resorts, offer the chance to get back to nature with beach camps and bushwalking opportunities.