(The Whitsunday Islands)
The Whitsunday Islands are comprised of 74 unique and magical islands.
They are part of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park which makes them a fantastic destination for spotting marine life, both from the boat and at the world class snorkelling and SCUBA diving sites.
All the islands offer spectacular scenery, with hills covered in untouched rainforest, stunning beaches, waterfalls and of course, they are surrounded by coral reefs.
The climate is ideal with a temperature range of 23'C to 32'C and the water temperature is between 22'C and 29'C.
All this makes the area one of the best sailing destinations in the world.
The islands were first recorded by Captain James Cook on his maiden voyage to Australia in 1770.
He named them Whitsunday, the day he assumed it was, not noticing that he had crossed the dateline.
The gateway to the Whitsunday Islands is Airlie Beach, a small thriving town on the Queensland Coast.