Surrounding Locations Whitsundays

The natural beauty of the Whitsunday Islands is truly amazing, but there are plenty of other terrific destinations and surrounding locations which are as equally stunning and interesting. Located in close proximity to the Whitsunday Islands, on the Queensland coast, are places like Airlie Beach, Bowen, Cannonvale, Conway Beach and Conway National Park, Hydeaway Bay, Mackay, Proserpine and Shute Harbour. Any one of these surrounding locations is guaranteed to exceed expectations and provide any traveller with an unforgettable visit to Queensland.

Firstly, Airlie Beach is the closest mainland costal destination to the Whitsunday Islands. Having accommodation to suit all budgets, a newly built stinger-free swimming lagoon and great access to the islands, Airlie Beach is an ideal place to base a Whitsunday Island holiday of discovery. Just below Airlie Beach is Shute Harbour, home to the major boat and ferry terminal which services the entirety of the Whitsundays. Consisting of a small settlement too, Shute Harbour does have a quaint range of accommodation on offer to travellers. Also, in close proximity to Airlie Beach is Cannonvale, a residential town with an impressive collection of shops and accommodation options featuring views of the stunning Whitsunday Islands.

Based 20 kilometres inland from Airlie Beach is Proserpine, a populated town nestled amid sugar cane country. Access via train, bus and plane to the Whitsundays usually ends in Proserpine, which is also considered the administrative centre of the Whitsunday Shire. Located on the coastline, south of Airlie Beach, is Conway National Park and Conway Beach. Stretching for over 22,500 hectares between Mackay and Bowen, the National Park is laden with natural treasures including Conway Beach, which has a small caravan park to accommodate travellers to this pristine location. Another hidden location found north of Airlie Beach is Hydeaway Bay. Only featuring a caravan park and Camping grounds, this unspoilt hamlet is one of Queensland’s most beautiful places to fish at sunset.

Home to some of the most southerly of the Whitsunday Islands, is the mainland region of Mackay, or otherwise known as Australia’s sugar capital. Found halfway between Brisbane and Cairns, a visit to Mackay allows travellers to experience stunning islands, gorgeous beaches, the Great Barrier Reef, National Parks, historical townships and amazing countryside blending into outback plains. Moving up to the northern region of the Whitsundays, is northern Queensland’s oldest town, Bowen. Encompassing splendid beaches and bays, many sports options, a nature-lovers paradise and abundant accommodation choices, Bowen is another terrific location surrounding the Whitsunday Islands.

Originally posted 2010-12-13 01:01:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Whitsunday Islands are an exquisitely arranged assortment of 74 major islands located just off the Airlie Beach coastline, in Queensland. Renown for their stunning natural beauty and close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands invite travelling families, groups of friends, individuals and couples to enjoy a piece of paradise.