The Whitsundays region on Queensland's central coast is one of Australia's most important tourist and holiday regions. The resorts in the Whitsunday islands and sailing through the Whitsunday passage are icons on the Australian travel scene and the sailing and boating charter options through the Whitsunday Passage and from Airlie Beach are world renowned as one of the worlds best bare boat charter destinations. Huge numbers of tourists from around the world flock to this region to enjoy a relaxing holiday in a safe and sensationally beautiful region. The Great Barrier Reef is just offshore and many tour options are available to visit it. The islands, beaches and bays of the Whitsunday region has a charm that is unequalled elsewhere in the world.
The island resorts in the Whitsundays range from backpacker specials right through to some that continually rank among the top 100 hotels in the world. Hamilton Island is the most important of these. The resort has its own airport with regular flights from other Australian cities as well as ferry transfers to most of the other island resorts. Hamilton Island accommodation is by far the diversified of these and the many separate resorts have an unequalled range of accommodation and attractions. Many Australians come here annually for their holidays and a large number use the islands excellent facilities for weddings and conferences. The new Qualia resort is probably the most luxurious resort on Australia's east coast. It is complemented by the Beach Club hotel, the Reef View hotel and many other apartments and holiday home options. A sensational new golf course is now under construction and due for opening in May 2009. Hamilton Island also has its own marina with bare boat charter options available. Hayman Island continually ranks in the top 100 hotels in the world. It has a culture of luxury and opulence and its five star service is world famous. Other great island resorts in the region include Daydream Island resort, Brampton Island resort, Long island and Koala Adventure Island which caters to the backpacker industry.
Airlie Beach is situated on the mainland and is the main docking and loading point for the regions bare boat and crewed yacht charter industry. It has two major marinas and literally thousands of cruise boats operate out of here or call in and visit during any given year. The facilities are second to none and it really makes a yachting holiday into the Whitsundays a really simple option. Airlie Beach also has some excellent accommodation options with lots of quality apartment style accommodation as well as lots of hostel style beds. Further to the south lies the city of Mackay which is the commercial center of the Whitsundays.