Whitsunday Islands, Queensland

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Whitsunday Island is the largest island in the Whitsunday group of islands located off the coast of Central Queensland, Australia. Whitehaven Beach was rated as the top Eco Friendly Beach in the world by CNN.com in July 2010. The island should not be confused with Pinaki in the Tuamotu group which was named "Whitsunday Island" by Samuel Wallis in 1767. It is uninhabited today but was once settled by the sea-faring Ngaro people. The first of the logging camps on the island was set up by Eugene Fitzalan in 1861 to exploit the large hoop pine for construction of buildings on the mainland.GeographyThe island is accessible by boat from the mainland tourist ports of Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. It contains many popular destinations for both day visitors and overnight sailors, including the magnificent pure-white sands of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, the secure anchorage of Cid Harbour, and the sheltered waterway of Gulnare Inlet. The island has six campgrounds. Named by Captain James Cook in early June 1770, the island covers 27,508ha in area. Around the northern bays of the island are seagrass beds which support a diverse range of marine life. Unadorned rock-wallabies are found on the island.
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  • My first visit to the Great Barrier Reef was an exhilarating one. The sea plane ride over the greener than green coral reefs and whiter than white sandy beaches cannot be compared with any other. The ...  more »
  • We stayed on Hamilton Island and enjoyed whitehaven beaches on Whitsunday Island. Accommodation and food and beverages are expensive, but when you think of it as a one-time experience in your life, i still felt it was worth visiting. After all, the Great Barrier Reef is the best in the world. I was also impressed by the dark ness of the Milky Way at night without the moon.
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  • Stayed in Long Island. Only 1 resort there. 20 rooms. Pure paradise. God has truly blessed us with lovely Earthly surroundings
  • Paradise on earth. I have not visited for ex The Maldives yet but The Whitsundays truly are amazing,

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