The Whitsunday Islands

The Whitsunday Islands stands as a recovery of continental islands of numerous sizes off the central coast of Queensland, Australia, positioned between simply south of Bowen as well as to the north of Mackay, that is actually 900 kilometers north of Brisbane. The island group is centered on Whitsunday Island, while the collection’s commercial center is actually in Hamilton Island.
The Whitsunday islands are a popular visitor location for visitors to Queensland as well as the Great with the area being one of the most prevalent yachting locations in the Southern Hemisphere. Getting about 700,000 guests between March 2008 and March 2009 the island turned into well-liked to many visitor from all over the world. The wonderful barrier reef is actually one of the most prominent destination in the place that is actually Told you to be the world’s biggest living design as well as the only one noticeable from outer location, as well as that the World Heritage specified Great Barrier Reef as one of the seven natural shocks of the world. A lengthy visit in the paradise of Whitsundays is actually a certain feast of the senses that is actually surrounded by natural allure, dotted by secluded beaches and friendly cities from which to explore. Your complication is actually how to make usage of the short time to experience all the fascinating things that the island could possibly furnish.
Examine this amazing variety from the bow of a sailboat, cruise with the islands as well as drop anchor for a fast snorkel and furrow up to a sunrise over globe famous Whitehaven Beach. Or appreciate the spoils of a mainland hotel by having Coral Ocean perspectives at Airlie Beach, yet another 74 island shock.
One exciting event that one might just prefer to attend to is the Whitsunday Motorboat Discretion Program that is going within it is 9th year in the gorgeous Whitsundays. This year the Whitsunday Motorboat & Discretion Show have actually chosen a new time that is on the 10th 11th of September, as well as the location will certainly be actually in the brand-new Port of Airlie. Authorities departments are portrayed for public education and learning including Old Parks, GBRMPA and Maritime Safety. The event is going to consist of demonstrations, workshops, teenagers’s entertainment, boat structure competitors and a lot to see as well as do for the saturday and sunday. The events displays are going to be placed inside the main exhibitions Hoecker, and outside tough stand displays of all types of motorboats as well as boating apparel as well as also on the water we can easily watch some of the most recent releases, or take a tour around a charter motorboat as well as plan that bareboat vacation. So it’s all going to be actually a whole brand-new water experience. The activities for children includes Rock climbing wall, National Parks fun activities, knot tying sessions, cast net tossing sessions, intro to sailing sessions. So thereis actually no much to feel uneasy for the event is sure for all ages. One might appreciate time with it is family members as well as friends while on a short stay at the island. To get there one can easily drive away the Bruce Highway towards Airlie Beach, upon entering Airlie Beach drive to the side of area to the brand-new Port of Airlie site, parking is going to be actually readily available in the surrounding location.
Whitsundays is sure of a house to a multitude of live new music as well as home entertainment in an amount of venues around the beach-side town, along with some major festivals, carnivals and public events that each person will appreciate. So don’t fail to see the remarkable event on Whitsundays and delight in.

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Lovely time to visit Hamilton Island

This time of year, the humidity is a little high in Queensland, but what better place to be but in a beautiful resort on Hamilton Island. There is a lot of Hamilton Island accommodation available and there is also a lot that you can do whilst there.

When it comes to Whitsunday tours, there is a lot available, from Great Barrier Reef Tours, to visits to Whitehaven Beach.

Experiencing the Whitsundays is something that everyone really should do in their life time because it is such an awesome experience in one of the truly most wonderful places on the planet. You really shouldn’t miss out. So book now, and check out what we have to offer.

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Airlie Beach Festival of sport

If you’re looking for a place to relax and when heading north to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Arlie beach could be of the right place for your family! Airlie Beach is a pretty place, with attractive parkland and two beautiful marinas, Abel Point Marina and Shute Harbour. Although the beach is reasonably small, it is lined with trees, allowing you to take in the beauty of the location and stay cool. There are also several other beaches along the coast, which are secluded and only a short drive away.

Recreational activities includes sailing around the Whitsundays and diving on the Great Barrier Reef another popular boat trip is whale watching, offered between July and September. A popular time for visiting Airlie Beach is during the Whitsunday Fun Race, which includes various competitions for cruising yachts and is held every September. One must also not afford to miss Swimming in the calm waters off Airlie Beach, overlooking the Whitsunday Islands. You can also enjoy a Cycle through Airlie Beach, taking in the spectacular scenery over the hills on a safe and fast course.

The nightlife in Airlie Beach is also good, with plenty of bars and clubs so you can dance the night away. A popular night spot is the M@SS Nightclub which offers live music, a bar, and food situated on an attractive outdoor boardwalk on the main street through Airlie Beach.

On the triathlon racing community’s calendar The Airlie Beach Festival of Sport is becoming one of the most awaited and one of the “not to miss” activity since time immemorial. The Airlie Beach Festival of Sport Sprint Distance Triathlon (750/20/5) attracts competitors of all abilities from around Australia and overseas. It is now becoming an excitement for everyone to watch and be part of the thirteenth annual SPORTSPOWER triathlon on September 4th this year and hopes are high for another record entry field. Once again the race, which is a Sprint Distance vent comprising a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run.

The Airlie Beach Festival of Sport is fun for everyone who can run, cycle, swim or hit volleyball. The Airlie Beach Festival of Sport attracts competitors of all abilities from around Australia and overseas. Males and females are allowed to compete on equal footing with the exciting prospect for spectators of the lead male and lead female sprinting it out to the finish chute with line honours up for grabs. These is done by the format where individual women and teams making up the first wave start and given a time start over the men equal to the average difference between first male and first female over the history of the event. Aside from the fact that the activity promotes healthy life, it encourages people to improve their lifestyles and gain new friends while on the race. It is also expected that there will as usual be a sprinkling of the sports true star performers drawn from the elite ranks of the countries National Team and the Australian Institute of Sport. The Airlie Beach Triathlon has deservedly gained a reputation as the best Sprint Distance event on the Queensland.
This year will be no exception and whether you are a first time entrant, top flight elite triathlete, young or old, team or individual, Airlie Beach Lagoon will be the place to be on the weekend of 4th and 5th September this year.

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Whitsunday Boat & Leisure Show

The Whitsunday Islands stands as a collection of continental islands of various sizes off the central coast of Queensland, Australia, situated between just south of Bowen and to the north of Mackay, that is  900 kilometers north of Brisbane. The island group is centered on Whitsunday Island, while the group’s commercial centre is in Hamilton Island.

The Whitsunday islands are a popular tourist destination for travelers to Queensland and the Great with the area being one of the most popular yachting destinations in the Southern Hemisphere. Receiving about 700,000 visitors between March 2008 and March 2009 the island became popular to many tourist from all over the world. The great barrier reef is one of the most prominent attraction in the place that is  Said to be the world’s largest living structure and the only one visible from outer space, and that the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. A long visit in the paradise of Whitsundays is a sure feast of the senses that is surrounded by natural beauty, dotted by secluded beaches and friendly towns from which to explore. Your problem is how to make use of your short time to experience all the delightful things that the island could offer.

Explore this incredible diversity from the bow of a sailboat, cruise through the islands and drop anchor for a quick snorkel and wake up to a sunrise over world famous Whitehaven Beach. Or enjoy the spoils of a mainland resort with Coral Sea views at Airlie Beach, yet another 74 island wonder.

One exciting event that you might want to attend to is the Whitsunday Boat & Leisure Show that is going into its 9th year in the beautiful Whitsundays. This year the Whitsunday Boat & Leisure Show have chosen a new date that is on the 10th & 11th of September, and the venue will be in the new Port of Airlie. Government departments are represented for public education including Old Parks, GBRMPA and Maritime Safety. The event will include demonstrations, workshops, children’s entertainment, boat building competition and plenty to see and do for the weekend. The events displays will be placed inside the main exhibitions Hoecker, and outside hard stand displays of all types of boats and boating apparel and also on the water we can see some of the newest releases, or take a tour around a charter boat and plan that bareboat holiday. So it’s all going to be a whole new water experience. The activities for children includes Rock climbing wall, National Parks interactive activities, knot tying classes, cast net throwing classes, introduction to sailing classes. So there’s no much to worry for the event is sure for all ages. One could enjoy time with its family and friends while on a short stay at the island. To get there one can drive off the Bruce Highway towards Airlie Beach, upon entering Airlie Beach drive to the end of town to the new Port of Airlie site, parking will be available in the surrounding area.

Whitsundays is sure of a home to an array of live music and entertainment in a number of venues across the beach-side town, along with some major festivals, carnivals and community events that everyone will enjoy. So don’t miss the exciting event on Whitsundays and enjoy.

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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

The Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is one of Australia’s favorite yachting events on the international sailing calendar at the Whitsunday’s Island. Competitors, family and friends come together to enjoy the warm atmosphere around and unique companionship of the event’s special on-water and off-water carnival.

Racing is split into the Grand Prix class for the top-class racers; an IRC Passage class for the modern and fast- yachts; performance racing and sports boat classes. The added attraction is the cruising, corporate, bareboat and non-spinnaker divisions. More recently, the introduction of a Super yacht division has added yet another vibrancy to the event.

The Hamilton Island Yacht Club and Marina are home to the regatta during the fun and excitement of Race Week. Join in the race festivities and lively calendar of event. It’s not only limited to sports entertainment, but provides everything around the world, including gourmet meals prepared by celebrity chefs, fashion shows, golfing competitions and wine tastings.

This year 2011, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week will be held on the dates19-27 August 2011. Amazing images and video footage including highlights from throughout 2010 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week are displayed to bring back the old memories which are not forgotten.

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Hamilton Island Outrigger Cup Blog

Australia’s Hamilton Island welcomes you to take part on the annual Hamilton Cup which attracts padding enthusiast from Australia and overseas. The event, having its reputation as one of the toughest outrigger canoe racing in the world, features more than 100 sprint and meduim-distance races along with a demanding 16-kilometer marathons. Never blink as you may miss the impressive sight the Island offers by presenting canoes circling Hamilton Island as they race through the Whitsundays. Its not all canoeing all day but Hamilton Island also announced the addition of the Surk Ski and Stand-up Board division in a pleasing and exciting gesture which is expected to see action in 2011.

Hamilton Island is very delighted to welcome every visitor to step the gorgeous spot situated on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef with a combined feeling of excitement and awe, by offering them world class accomodation with a perfect blend of brilliant beaches, inspiring coral reefs and a taste of fine food and wines.

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is situated in the heart of the Whitsunday passage just of the central Queensland coast and it is the largest resort island in the region and also the most famous. Hamilton Island is the most expedient of the Whitsunday island resorts to get to since it has its own airport plus a regular ferry service that operates from Shute Harbour on the mainland for those who drive, coach or rail into the region.

Qualia Resort on the northern end of the island is the newest and one o the most luxurious resorts in the world. It caters excellent water views and privacy has been of dominant importance. Hamilton Island is like a small town and Golf buggies are used instead of cars. There are also plentiful of great restaurants and cafes on Hammo and several excellent shopping boutiques.

To fit it all in, one needs few extra days because in Hamilton Island, there is so much to do.

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Hayman Island

Hayman IslandHayman Island is part of the Whitsunday Islands located at the north part of Cumberland islands which is located at the Queensland, Australia. The island is small at just 400 hectares in area.

It is recognized internationally for its luxurious surroundings and popular tourist destinations. The private island resort features some of the finest accommodations which is large and well-appointed suites up to huge lagoon pool and neatly manicured gardens with a strength of sandy beach. The island as well is a perfect place for your wedding and honeymoon. The place already have everything including the chapel and a hall for the reception. Complimentary activities are provided as well in which your guests, families and friends will likely enjoy. Food is never a problem here since the place features a number of fine restaurants with outstanding chefs and cuisine which includes Asian, Italian, Mediterranean and more.

The place is definitely a one step shop. If you want to get out of the busy world of the city, come and rest in this majestic and fun island.

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Oprah in the Whitsundays

During her much publicised stay in Australia, Oprah Winfrey was fortunate enough to stay in the lovely Whitsundays. She stayed at the luxurious Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island.

Whilst in the area, she drove around Hamilton Island in a buggy, and enjoyed a lovely barbecue on the amazing Whitehaven beach with famous Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone. Oprah described Hamilton island as being better than she ever could have imagined from any book or magazine. Many of Oprah’s guests stayed at the lovely Reef View Hotel.

So its clear to see, that if the Whitsundays are good enough for an A list celebrity like Oprah, then its certainly a place that you don’t want to miss out on.

There are always great deals on accommodation that you can find, so take a look through our site, and book in the best accommodation you can find, and live it up, Oprah style.

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First scuba dive in the great barrier reef

While I was visiting the beautiful Whitsundays recently I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try my hand at scuba diving for the first time in my life. I must say that the experience certainly did not disappoint.

The first thing that happened was to receive an induction which gives you a basic run down of what to expect while you are out on your dive. We also had the different hand signals explained to us such as how to signal that you are good, bad or wish to go up or down in depth. Pretty simple stuff but absolutely necessary when you consider that you will be submerged in water and unable to speak to others.

Next step, getting geared up. First you will need to get your wet suit on and then get a eight belt fitted. Once this is done it starts getting interesting. Then they put the oxygen tank on your back and then it starts really sinking in what you are actually doing. Once its on you know your not far off from an opportunity of a life time.

Next we went into a small pool area under the pontoon to get fully accustomed to the equipment. Familiarising yourself with the breathing apparatus is essential on your first time. This involves kneeling in shallow water and taking breaths through the mask. Sounds easy but it takes some getting used to. Once you have gotten used to it you are ready to jump in to the great barrier reef. Once you are first in the the deeper water the weight of the equipment seems to just disappear.

Once you are in the water, you get a feeling of weightlessness and at first I felt I was just going to float away. However, I was guided well and was able to explore the area which we were in without any difficulties. It was a great experience getting up very close to the coral which is further down, and swimming amongst the many different types of fishes. There was a large groper that swam right up to me, which I gave a little pat to, which was really  nice.

Whitsundays Groper

The fish in the Great Barrier Reef were amazing

The breathing equipment was very effective, and after a while you get very used to using it. When we emerged at the surface, everyone that had gone on the dive, had smiles from ear to ear. What an excellent experience. I would certainly recommend it to anyone wishing to try something different. When you do it for the first time in the Great Barrier Reef, its even better.

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