Whitsunday Tourist Attractions
The name Whitsunday is applied to the resorts of Airlie Beach, Cannonvale and Shute Harbor, situated on the mainland opposite the Whitsunday Islands. Its economy depends mainly on the tourist and holiday trade, which brings over 500,000 visitors annually to the area.From Whitsunday there are excursions to the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands and Conway National Park (Airlie Beach).
Shute Harbour, Australia
Shute Harbour (pop. under 200) lies in a picturesque bay on the fringes of Conway National Park (Airlie Beach). From a hill above the bay there are superb views of the Whitsunday Passage and some of the more than 70 Whitsunday Islands, only seven of which are inhabited. From the landing stage in the harbor a swarm of catamarans, motorboats and yachts take day trippers and holidaymakers out to the hotels and resort complexes on the inhabited islands and scuba divers, snorkellers, reef walkers and sun lovers to lonely beaches on uninhabited islands and the banks of coral. Cruises on sailing ships lasting several days and flights to the outer reef (Hardy Lagoon) are also on offer. The colorful corals and fishes on the reef can be observed from glass-bottomed boats or, close-up, by scuba divers and snorkellers.
Airlie Beach, Australia
Airlie Beach (pop. 1500) is part of the town of Whitsunday, a holiday resort on the Whitsunday coast with numerous restaurants and tourist facilities. It has its own marina and a beautiful beach and is a good base for boat trips to the Whitsunday Islands and the outer reefs.
Conway National Park
23,800ha.The coastal hills (up to 500m) fall steeply down to the Whitsunday Passage. From viewpoints on the road between Mount Rooper and Swamp Bay there are superb views of the Whitsunday Islands. Rich vegetation (rain forest, mangroves) and wildlife.