The Whitsunday Islands all have their own unique character, and although they are all well worth visiting some may be more suitable than others for the type of holiday you want.
To help you make a well informed decision we will take a look at the most popular islands in the Whitsundays group, and at some of the less visited but equally enticing ones too.
Daydream Island is one of the smaller resort Islands and is located quite closely to the mainland. The Daydream Island Resort and Spa provides comfortable accommodation with it’s 300+ rooms and there are plenty of activities for guests. If you are looking to stay somewhere with a very remote and secluded atmosphere, the island’s size mean you might want to look other options on bigger islands first. An excellent choice for couples and families.
Hamilton Island is one of the largest islands in the Whitsundays and certainly the most developed, however to date the development has been done without compromising the island’s beauty. It has the best choice of accommodation, ranging from apartments and hotels to bungalows and luxury resorts like Qualia. There are plenty of activities to enjoy including walks, water based sports, exploring the island and much more, so you can do as much or as little as you like.
Hayman Island, the furthest north of the Whitsundays is home to perhaps the most upmarket resort in the group: the Hayman. The island itself is stunning and the accommodation really is of the highest level. The resort provides all the services and facilities you could probably want, and while the rates are far from cheap it is regarded as an excellent option for those not too worried about their budget. The perfect choice for anyone looking for a bit of a splurge…
Hook Island is one of the most northerly of the Whitsundays group, and has the usual combination of beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and also has some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the area. The island’s resort provides very good value low-budget accommodation with private and dormitory rooms, and camping is also an option if that’s what you’re looking for.
Lindeman Island is a popular choice with many visitors, particularly families, due partly to the Club Med Resort and it’s good value inclusive package deals. Club Med chose the island for it’s first Australian resort and it’s not hard to see why. The island is beautiful, the accommodation modern and comfortable, the service both friendly and professional and best of all many of activities (meals & drinks too) are to be enjoyed at no extra charge. A great choice for families.
Just half a kilometre from the mainland, Long Island has some lovely beaches, great walks and a choice of accommodation that ranges from fairly low budget to mid-range. Good for a day visit, or for a longer stay the resorts offer a good selection of the usual Whitsunday Island type accommodation and activities.
|South Molle Island
South Molle Island is quite centrally located among the Whitsunday Islands, and has it’s share of sandy beaches, walks and some amazing views if you take the trouble to climb Mount Jeffreys and Spion Kop. Accommodation is available at the Adventure Island Resort, and it is important to note that the resort does not accept guests younger than 18 years. It is becoming increasingly popular with backpackers, and there are Full Moon Parties with DJs each month. Best suited to the 18-30 crowd who like to party in extremely beautiful surroundings.
Whitsunday Island is home to perhaps the most spectacular beach of all the Whitsunday Islands: Whitehaven Beach. It really isn’t “just another beach” and is considered a must-see by many. It is a massive hit with day visitors, and while there is no resort accommodation it is possible to camp overnight in certain locations when you obtain a permit. Whether you decide to stay overnight or just pay a visit to Whitehaven Beach, you definitely won’t be sorry you did.