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Whitsunday Islands National Park

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area

This park has been impacted by recent severe weather events in Queensland. Please check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

The hilly islands of Whitsunday Islands National Park dot the aquamarine waters of the scenic Whitsunday Passage. Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island is world-renowned for its pure white silica sand and crystal-clear water. Part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, the reefs contain an outstanding variety of corals.

From May to September, the Whitsundays are an important calving ground for migrating humpback whales, keep an eye out and you may be rewarded. For great views, take a walk along various sections of the Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail. At Nara Inlet, Hook Island; admire precious rock art by the Ngaro people. Snorkel, sail, or relax in an idyllic setting. Camping is permitted on Whitsunday, Hook, Cid and Henning islands but campers must be self-sufficient. Camping fees apply and bookings are essential. Book in advance for school holidays. Take water and a fuel stove. Check restrictions on activities such as anchoring, fishing, spearfishing and collecting.

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Whitsunday Islands
Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Queensland
Australia

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Pinnacles, The

Hook Island, Whitsunday Area
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Arguably the best dive site in the Whitsundays, with hard corals comparing favourably to those seen on the outer Great Barrier Reef. The best dive is off the western beach, adjacent to the Woodpile and swim east at a depth of seven to 15 metres.

Hook Island

Hook Island, Whitsunday Area
No visit to the Whitsundays is complete without seeing a few islands and Hook Island offers spectacular natural surroundings and excellent snorkelling and diving sites. The second largest island in the Cumberland group, it is 58 square kilometres in size and includes sheltered, picturesque bays, deep fjord-like inlets, ideal sailing and kayaking conditions, multiple moorings and safe anchorages, pristine fringing reefs, secluded beach campsites and the opportunity to see abundant wildlife including sea eagles, kites and ospreys, turtles, reef fish, dolphins, manta rays and humpback whales frolicking in Whitsunday Passage (between June- September).

Butterfly Bay - Hook Island

Hook Island, Whitsunday Area
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A popular bareboat anchorage, Butterfly Bay is situated on the northern side of Hook Island. There are limited public moorings and snorkelling can be enjoyed along the bay edge or just off the beach. Offering coral outcrops with shallow walls, the bay is populated by many small, colourful reef fish species.

Luncheon Bay Dive Site

Hook Island, Whitsunday Area
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Located at the northern end of Hook Island, in the Whitsundays, Luncheon Bay is a lovely dive site where you can explore bommies, caves and crevasses in depths to 20 metres. While the visibility in the Whitsundays is not always the best, the corals and variety of marine life found in this large bay will impress.

Maureens Cove, Hook Island

Hook Island, Whitsunday Area
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Situated on the northern side of Hook Island, Maureen's Cove is a popular anchorage with sailors and divers alike. There are two dive sites at Maureen's Cove. At the back of the cove, on the western side of the beach is a series of bommies starting at 12 - 15 metres and rising to within three metres of the surface, parallel to the shoreline.

Luncheon Bay

Hook Island, Whitsunday Area
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Luncheon Bay is situated on the northern side of Hook Island and features pristine coral and superb marine life. Luncheon Bay is popular with beginner divers thanks to its easy beach entry option. Intro divers can enter the water gradually from the beach, allowing plenty of time to become accustomed to the dive gear and the water.

Whitsunday Islands National Park

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
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This park has been impacted by recent severe weather events in Queensland. Please check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions. The hilly islands of Whitsunday Islands National Park dot the aquamarine waters of the scenic Whitsunday Passage.

Hill Inlet

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
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Hill Inlet in the Whitsundays is a stunning inlet located at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. As the tide shifts, the white sand and blue hues of the inlet blend seamlessly to create a breathtaking mosaic.

Blue Pearl Bay

Hayman Island, Whitsunday Area
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Blue Pearl Bay is located on the north-western side of Hayman Island in the Whitsundays Group. Popular with tourists and locals for snorkelling, diving and sightseeing, Blue Pearl Bay is known for its coral and fish life including a resident Maori Wrasse.

Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
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Hamilton Island is nestled amongst the Whitsunday Islands, a group of 74 islands just off the Queensland coast, at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Hamilton Island is one of the most popular Whitsunday islands offering an idyllic island experience.
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