Whitsundays are a group of islands, 74 in total, off the Central Coast of Queensland, one of the top holiday destinations in the country, and known for their immaculate sandy beaches, clear waters and nearby coral reefs. You can head for Whitsundays self-catering holiday villas for a beach holiday, with the chance to go diving and snorkeling in some truly unspoiled natural waters.
Perhaps the best-known setting around Whitsundays holiday accommodation is Whitehaven Beach, famed for its pristine white sands and turquoise waters. The water here is so calm and clear because it’s sheltered from the usually strong South trade winds, so there could be few better locations for a swim. The beach is found on Whitsunday Island, which is the largest in the archipelago, and is uninhabited. People spending the night here tend to camp or return to their moored yachts.
If you make for Whitsundays self-catering holiday rentals at Hamilton Island, you’ll be on the island in the archipelago with the most amenities and largest tourism infrastructure. It’s popular in the sailing community, and every August is where the Hamilton Island yacht festival takes place. Another popular activity here is to go on a whale-spotting trip – these take place between July and September, during their migration through the area.
One way to experience the beautiful scenery around Whitsundays holiday accommodation would be to walk portions of the Ngaro Sea Trail Great Walk, which follows trails on numerous islands separated by small expanses of water traversable by motorboat or kayak. Every year in June or July the Outrigger Cup takers place, in which there are a series of races for canoes of different sizes.
Holiday rentals in Whitsundays are also popular for their proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. It’s considered one of the top diving location sin the world with fabulous biodiversity. The reef is normally experienced via “Live Aboards” – boats designed especially for scuba diving tourism.
On holiday at Whitsundays holiday villas you’ll experience a tropical climate, with year-round warmth. Summers here are hot and humid, and for the rest of the year daytime temperatures are never far below 20 degrees. Winters are pleasantly warm and bring much less rainfall.
If you’re flying to Whitsundays self-catering holiday accommodation from the UK the best way to get here would be to fly from London-Heathrow (LHR) to Sydney (SYD) with Qantas, Virgin Atlantic Airways or British Airways . From here you’ll be able to transfer to a Virgin Australia flight north to Mackay Airport (MKY), about 90 minutes south of Shute Harbour, which served the Whitsundays.