A group of 74 islands located off of the eastern coast of Queensland, we don't expect you to set foot on every one of the Whitsundays.... ever. It's okay, many are unpopulated anyway and are fine more or less adding to the mystique of untenanted paradise. That and the proximity to the inimitable Great Barrier Reef, which amounts to a whole lot of boating, snorkeling, diving, and more to be experienced in the area. Most travelers come here for the R and R: if that's your intention, then travel straight to the main island (also called Whitsunday) and head straight to Whitehaven Beach without passing *go*.
This gorgeous, 4.5 kilometer (2.8 mile) beach is made of white silica, with clear water and an abundance of good looking sun-tanners during peak season, leaving little question as to why it is often named among the most lovely beaches in the world. As far as access to the Great Barrier Reef, we suggest taking a tour with a glass bottom boat or contacting a local diving center for prime locations to kick off. Check our links for a few options on what awaits below the waves in one of Earth's most pristine and varied marine environments.