The Whitsundays is a group of 74 islands off the coast of North Queensland between the mainland towns of Bowen in the north and down to around Proserpine in the south.
The beating heart and launching point to the islands and the resorts, water sports, reef and natural attractions in Airlie Beach.
Staying on the mainland offers the most accommodation options and accessibility to Whitsundays attractions.
Airlie Beach is one of the most popular places to stay as it provides easy direct transfers to the islands and the Great Barrier Reef.
Accommodation is also available in surrounding towns of Bowen and Proserpine for those looking to stay in the region.
Whitsunday Islands Accommodation
Stay on one of the Whitsunday islands for resort-style indulgence, multi-day holidays or easier and faster access to the reef.
Accommodation is only available on a few of the islands, and styles vary from camping to luxury escapes. Islands tend to specialise in a type of accommodation, so your accommodation wish list and needs will influence the island option you choose.
Island resort facilities in the region are available on Daydream Island, Hamilton Resort, Hayman Island and Long Island.
Hamilton Island promotes 6 different types of accommodation for visitors, ranging from 5-star romantic pavilions to family-friendly apartments and homes, all with access to extensive resort facilities and the major drawcard golf course on Dent Island.
Daydream Island, recently redeveloped, offers standard through to deluxe and luxury resort accommodation, with multiple pools, kids’ area, and popular eco-friendly Living Reef lagoon.
Hayman Island is all about privacy, seclusion, serenity, and luxury, with the five-star InterContinental Hayman Island Resort opening in June 2019 to provide pampering and personalised services.
Long Island’s Palm Bay Resort set in tranquil surrounds offers tropical timber beachfront villas, a private cove, and self-catering options with the on-site store.
Recently opened Elysian Retreat provides blissful seclusion for a maximum of 20 guests aged 16 or over.
For an exclusive private island escape, head for Camp Island and its main guest lodge and four bungalow suites. Here, you will have the whole island to yourself.
Camping on the islands and in National Parks is a great and popular way to experience the spectacular ecology of the Whitsundays.
The largest island, Whitsunday Island, has options for large groups up to 36 people at Dugong Beach, and for groups limited to six people at Nari’s Beach.
Other popular sites are Whitehaven Beach and Cairn Beach. Smaller areas are on Hook Island. Facilities vary, and it is important to be self-sufficient.
You can charter your own vessel, or some boat operators offer pick-up and drop-off services for campers. Take note of regulations; sites and permits need to be booked in advance, and open campfires are not allowed.
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On the Water Accommodation
For a memorable Whitsundays holiday, choose accommodation options that sit out on the pristine ocean waters.
With crewed sailing, you can spend one or more nights on a fully equipped sailing vessel.
Choosing a bareboat (without a crew) option lets you set your own course and charter your private sailing yacht or power cruiser around the Whitsundays.
For a truly unique and memorable experience, dive enthusiasts or those with just a love of the water can look for liveaboard vessels that cater to diving, snorkelling and relaxation.
For true insta-moments, choose to ‘camp’ overnight on a pontoon out in the middle of the reef.
The Whitsundays is synonymous with luxurious escapes to spectacular tropical destinations.
Several specialist operators provide accommodation that is the pinnacle of luxury for those travellers looking to indulge.
Excellent accommodation options include five-star hotels, private homes, resorts and retreats, as well as opulent sailing boats and power cruisers for stays out on the water.