The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most beautiful and unbelievable wonders of nature. Stretching around 2300 kilometers along the coast of Queensland, Australia, it’s the world’s largest coral system

And what are Whitsundays? 

The full name is Whitsundays Islands and can be found in the Coral Sea, very near the Great Barrier Reef. 

The total surface of the islands is 282.82 km2 and the total population is 1570. Name to the islands was given by Captain James Cook, who first gave name to the Whitsunday passage near the archipelago’s biggest island.

This name was chosen because Cook thought that he discovered the passage and the islands on Christian feast of Whitsun, or Pentecost. He was off by one day, so in fact, he had discovered them one day after the Pentecost.

Island groups

Whitsundays consists of four island groups – Whitsunday, Lindeman, Molle, and Northern Island Group. The biggest group is the Whitsunday group with the biggest island of the whole archipelago – the Whitsunday Island. 

The biggest inhabited island is Hamilton Island with more than 1200 inhabitants. Hamilton Island is one of the most important touristic centers in Australia and without any doubt – the most important sailing center in the whole country. 

It has a big marina which is the host for Hamilton Island Week Race, a top annual event for sailing in the Southern hemisphere. It is the race around the whole Whitsundays.

The island was voted Most Desirable Island Escape Award in 2015 by Australian Traveller, Australian holidays and travel guide.

Sailing Whitsundays

Whitsunday Islands are the most important tourist destination when visiting the Great Barrier Reef and have over 700 000 visitors annually.

Sailing Whitsundays is one of the most common and enjoyable activities for Australians and tourists who like nature and sailing. This beautiful stretch of golden sand is a place you don’t want to miss.

You can go kayaking, sailing or camping on the islands. Also, it is agreed that the best way to explore passages, beaches, and bays on Whitsundays is by renting a skippered or bareboat sailboat.

The beauty of the Coral Sea, blue skies and golden sand will make you want to come there again.

If you are an adventurer who loves to sail and natural beauty, visiting the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays is an ideal vacation for you. 

Whitsundays Islands are a popular tourist destination and they are definitely the most popular yachting destination in this part of the world.


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