The 74 glorious islands of Australia’s Whitsundays are visited by a multitude of tourists each year and such a beautiful area only continues to grow in popularity. Though you’ll never feel the islands are “crowded” (that’s the wonderful thing about the magical Whitsundays), it can be fun to discover some beautiful, secluded spots that are just off the beaten path. If you’re looking for a unique adventure in the Whitsunday Islands, we’ve got some suggestions to help you make new discoveries of your own.
Most travellers to the Whitsundays spend time in the more frequented northern islands, but the more southerly islands have much to offer. Highly recommended is the lovely Keswick Island. Keswick offers many sheltered bays with incomparable views. The island’s lesser-known status grants it the pleasure of empty beaches, perfect for that relaxing romantic evening stroll. Keswick Island has wonderful fringing reefs for snorkelling, and offers opportunities for incredible scuba diving. Not far from the coast are three fascinating shipwreck sites just waiting to be explored.
Blue Pearl Bay
On Hayman Island, one of the most luxurious islands, you can head up to Blue Pearl Bay on the northern tip of the island. This is an idyllic spot to anchor your boat and jump in for a swim. Snorkelling here is considered some of the best, with a bounty of fish of all species, and a gorgeous fringing reef which starts right at the coast, making it easy to wade in with your gear for some fine snorkelling.
Turtle Bay is often overlooked by it’s impressive neighbor, Whitehaven Beach. Both are situated on Whitsunday Island, the largest within the chain. While Whitehaven’s picturesque white sands are not to be missed, head just around the corner of the island to check out Turtle Bay. This is definitely a gem of the Whitsundays, with wonderful snorkelling. As its name suggests, the bay is full of friendly turtles who are happy to swim alongside you.
Far north in the Whitsundays, Maureen’s Cove sits atop the northern side of Hook Island. An excellent spot for anchoring, Maureen’s Cove offers opportunities for fishing, snorkelling, and diving. Some underwater caves in the area make for a spectacularly unique dive experience. There is also a spot favoured for both diving and snorkelling, a reef edge with a drop off known as “the Boulders”. The reef here is said to be beautiful and not to miss. Maureen’s Cove also makes an excellent spot for some shoreside camping, as camping is permitted in this area.
Well, what are you waiting for? Now that the secret’s out, get ready to do some unforgettable exploring of your own in the tropical Whitsundays.