So named by Captain Cook for the date he first set eyes on this dazzling chain of emerald islands dotting the Coral Sea, the Whitsundays are found in the very heart of the Great Barrier Reef and offer 74 islands of incredible diversity, breathtaking beauty and unique flora and fauna. Visitors will enjoy the myriad choices on offer to island hop, visit the powder white sands of the Whitsunday's iconic Whitehaven Beach, snorkel, dive and discover the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef and its amazing inhabitants. Long Island is just one of the region's tropical island getaways, surrounded by National Parks, 20km of walking tracks, secluded beaches and azure waters teeming with marine wonders.

Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsundays, a colourful, cosmopolitan and inviting holiday town lying on the shores of a palm fringed beach and overlooking the calm waters of Pioneer Bay dotted with yachts. Airlie is part of a picturesque peninsula that reaches out to the Whitsunday Passage and provides the ideal mainland base for holiday fun and adventure in the Whitsundays.