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.

A gateway to the Whitsundays, Airlie Beach is a lively holiday destination set on the palm-fringed beaches of Pioneer Bay. Relax by the lagoon on the foreshore, cruise the Whitsundays Passage, or let your hair down at one of Airlie’s many popular nightspots. There’s no better base from which to discover the Whitsundays. Stay with Mantra for your Airlie Beach hotel.