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About Airlie Beach & The Whitsundays


The Whitsundays

map of the whitsunday island and airlie beach

The Whitsundays are one of Australia's most popular spots to say 'I do' and it is no wonder, with 74 tropical islands dotted like emeralds on calm azure waters sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef.

Whether you choose to hold your ceremony at one of the many beautiful island resorts or at one of the mainland's luxury wedding venues, there really is something for everyone.

Or why not sail to a romantic secluded beach on an uninhabited island – or world-famous Whitehaven Beach with its seven kilometres of soft, silica sand - to tie the knot?

For a complete list of venues click here to download a 'Whitsunday Wedding Venues' PDF.


The Great Barrier Reef

heart reef the whitsundays

The World Heritage Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's seven natural wonders and its largest living structure at more than 2,000kms long.

The Whitsunday coast and islands are protected by the long arm of the reef, resulting in a calm aquatic wonderland boasting some of the best coral in the world and a wide variety of marine life.

Heart Reef is a popular attraction for brides and grooms – often from the air by seaplane or helicopter - as well as with honeymooners and couples wanting to pop the question.


So much to do

airlie beach bay

The hub of the Whitsunday mainland is Airlie Beach, a vibrant coastal town that is the 'stepping off point' for the islands.

Airlie Beach has a welcoming village atmosphere - with plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops - and many top resorts and hotels specialising in weddings.

To the north of the region are the beautiful beaches of Bowen and to the west is the historic town of Proserpine.

Just some of the activities you can do in the Whitsundays are sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, whale watching (in winter), kayaking, jet skiing and bushwalking.

See 'Things to See and Do' at www.whitsundaytourism.com


Plenty of accommodation

Accommodation in the Whitsundays ranges from five-star luxury resorts to family-friendly hotels and caravan parks.

There are also self-catering apartments, holiday-let houses and bed & breakfasts to choose from.

See 'Accommodation' at www.whitsundaytourism.com


Temperatures

The Whitsundays are on the same latitude as the Fiji Islands with a tropical climate offering mostly sunny days and a daily average temperature of 30°C (max) and 25°C (min).

The water temperature varies from 23°C in winter to 28°C in summer and the islands are protected from ocean swells by the Great Barrier Reef.

Summers are balmy with January the warmest month. July is the coolest, with a daily average temperature of 23°C (max). For monthly temperatures click on www.whitsunday.net.au/weather


Getting here

Jetstar and Virgin Blue fly daily into both the Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine) and Hamilton Island Airport, from all major Australian cities.

From Proserpine (25kms west of Airlie Beach) there is a limousine service, as well as taxis and buses - for a timetable go to www.whitsundaytransit.com.au . From Hamilton Island, there are plenty of boat transfers to the islands and mainland – for a timetable go to www.fantasea.com.au

If you are driving, Airlie Beach is about 25kms from the Bruce Highway turn-off at Proserpine, between Mackay and Bowen. There is also an airport at Mackay about 1 ½ hrs south of Proserpine.