Located in the heart of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef is the Whitsundays, a collection of 74 island paradises. The majority of the islands are inhabited, home only to unspoilt parks and unique Australian wildlife.
The region’s most recognised fauna is the coral of the 344,000-square kilometre Great Barrier Reef, which can be explored either by air or by snorkelling.
The clear protected waters of the Whitsundays provide some of the southern hemisphere’s best sailing, they’re also the easiest way to reach the silica sands of Whitehaven – one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
On the mainland, vibrant Airlie Beach is the perfect base from which to explore the Whitsunday Coast, which stretches to Bowen in the north, west through the Proserpine sugarcane fields to the rolling hills of the Hinterland. The varied activities available include crocodile safaris and barramundi fishing.
Indulging in delectable food and wine is a big part of the Whitsundays experience, with local seafood and fresh, regional produce featuring on most menus.
The Clipper Race fleet will be berthed at the ‘Gateway to the Whitsundays’, Abell Point Marina, the first global Five Gold Anchor accredited marina in the world.
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