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Whitsundays Honeymoon Guide
As one of the world’s top honeymoon destinations, the Whitsundays offer 74 islands – only eight of which are inhabited – sheltered by one of the world’s seven natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef.
Discover the Whitsunday Islands (also known as the Whitsundays) for a honeymoon: romantic sunsets over crystal clear waters and balmy moonlit nights under swaying palm trees make the Whitsunday Islands a truly memorable honeymoon destination for any newlywed.
The iconic Whitsundays islands of Hayman, Hamilton, Daydream, Brampton, Long and South Molle stand out as one of Australia's top honeymoon destinations.
Lying in the stunning Whitsunday Passage, Hayman is a magnificent private island resort – one island, one resort.
Renowned as one of the world’s top resorts, the 5-star One&Only Hayman Island Resort offers honeymoon couples a luxurious and pampered experience surrounded by genuine natural beauty.
Relax in the private island resort’s large, well-appointed suites that edge the huge lagoon pool and overlook a scene of tropical perfection – neatly manicured gardens and beyond to white sandy beaches and the azure Pacific Ocean.
The resort offers a wide range of activities including tennis, squash, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, water skiing, scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing making it perfect for active honeymoon couples.
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Perfectly positioned in the centre of the Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island is a major gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
Hamilton Island offers excellent accommodation options as well as numerous activities for adventurous newlyweds.
The island’s range of activities extends further than sightseeing trips, dive cruises and scenic flights to include sea kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, twilight sailing, game fishing, water skiing, scuba diving and bushwalking along the island’s 20km of trails – just perfect for active honeymoon couples.
In addition, Hamilton Island’s village also provides a good range of shopping and dining experiences.
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Daydream is a beautiful island located close to the mainland and home to a single luxury resort.
The multi-award winning 4.5-star Daydream Island Resort & Spa offers affordable luxury with beautifully appointed rooms, stunning restaurants and a world-class rejuvenation spa offering the latest in naturopathy, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and reflexology to stimulate the senses.
The resort occupies the majority of the island and offers a wide range of water-based activities.
Snorkel the island’s fringing reef or explore the man-made outdoor aquarium, a stunning network of reef lagoons containing more than 40 marine fish species and 50 coral varieties.
Explore the island along several walking tracks. Stroll through tropical jungle to the centre and highest point of the island for great views. Along the way, watch out for colourful parrots and tiny sunbirds.
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Long Island is a national park and one of the most beautiful islands in the Whitsundays, with a choice of several resorts
Relax under the palm trees on the white coral sand beach or stroll the 20km of bush trails that criss-cross the island and lead to beautiful secluded beaches.
Spot life under the water such as dolphins, turtles and tropical fish, as well as land wildlife including goannas and wallabies. Activities offered by the island’s resorts include snorkelling, diving, water skiing, parasailing and sailing.
Long Island offers several resorts – set in idyllic settings and located far from each other – including the intimate and secluded 4.5-star Peppers Palm Bay Whitsundays, with just 21 stylish bures nestling amid a grove of tropical palms, and the 5-star Paradise Bay Island Resort, an exclusive adults-only resort surrounded by rainforest and set on a private beach.
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Things to do in the Whitsundays
The Whitsundays offer a wide range of outdoor activites for adventurous couples celebrating a honeymoon or romantic getaway.
For a memorable romantic interlude why not charter a chopper and spend a day 'marooned' on an island atoll – just the two of you and a champagne picnic hamper. How good does that sound?
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As the Great Barrier Reef protects the Whitsunday Coast and islands from ocean swells, the sapphire waters of the Whitsundays are considered among the safest and most beautiful cruising grounds in the world.
So why not charter a yacht (with crew or without) to island hop for a day or longer?
Yacht charter seasons typical run as follows:
High season: from Sept 13 to Oct 13; and from Dec 24 to Jan 7
Mid season: from Apr 1 to Sept 12 and from Oct 14 until Dec 23
Low season: from Jan 8 through to Mar 31.
Experience the thrill of diving alongside green and loggerhead turtles, majestic manta rays, sea snakes and clown fish.
Explore stunning reefs of gorgonia, tabletop and fan coral as schools of black-tipped fusilier drummer and yellowtail fish swim around and above you in the warm, crystal clear water.
Glide around scattered coral bommies with overhangs, swim-throughs and amazing natural grottos.
Whatever your skill level, there’s much to see at the Whitsundays. Local companies cater for every skill level, from novice to dive master, and dive courses are available from operators on the mainland and at some island resorts.
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Strap on your flippers and dive into the warm shallow waters of the Whitsundays to swim among some of the most colourful fish and coral formations found anywhere in the world.
Get a bird's-eye view of the stunning reef formations from the air in a helicopter fitted with floats or from a seaplane.
Pamper yourself with a revitalising health and wellness experience at your resort’s spa. For sheer indulgence, check out Daydream Island’s award-winning Rejuvenation Spa or Hayman’s Spa Chakra.
The latter offers an exclusive selection of tailored beauty and wellbeing programs, with 13 individual treatment rooms including a dedicated wet treatment room, a relaxing hydrotherapy area, saunas, steam rooms and a state-of-the-art hair salon incorporating special occasion make-up.
Hook up a charter for some of the best game fishing in Queensland. Cruise out to the rich waters of the outer Great Barrier Reef for tuna, mackerel and coral trout, or opt to tag and release sailfish and marlin.
Explore the islands and Outer Barrier Reef aboard a luxury mini-cruise ship. Choose to cruise for a few days or a week.
Navigate the amazing Reef River – the channel dividing the main reefs – and snorkel and dive at your leisure, dine al fresco and enjoy the creature comforts of a luxury cruiser.
Or take a day cruise out to Knuckle Reef Lagoon, one of the region's most spectacular Great Barrier Reef sites.
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The Whitsundays offers a choice of must-see natural attractions for inquisitive couples, including…
Experience one of the most photographed beaches in Australia. The pristine pure white silica sand of Whitehaven stretches more than 7km along Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 Whitsunday islands.
Stroll the beach, paddle a kayak along Hill Inlet, a stunning cove located at the northern end of Whitehaven, and later climb to the lookout for magnificent views over the beach.
Getting to Whitehaven is easy: travel by seaplane or helicopter for a spectacular aerial view over the island and beach, then indulge in a champagne picnic ashore; or sail, cruise, kayak or take a jet boat tour.
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The Great Barrier Reef
Discover the world’s largest living structure and one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Stretching more than 2000km in length and covering an area of more than 23 million hectares, the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef comprises more than 2100 individual reefs plus 500 islands with fringing reefs.
Explore a magical underwater world that is home to more than 400 varieties of coral and 1500 species of tropical fish and marine creatures – the perfect location for scuba diving and snorkelling.
If you would prefer not to get wet, stay dry and enjoy the reef views from an underwater viewing chamber, glass bottom boat or semi-submersible.
The reef is easily accessible via fast, ultramodern catamarans, boats, seaplanes and helicopters, which depart daily from the islands and the Whitsunday Coast.
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Located in the very heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef is a coral formation that has naturally formed into the shape of a heart. While you can cruise to Heart Reef, it’s best appreciated from the air in a helicopter or seaplane – a perfect romantic surprise for a loved one.
Whitsunday Great Walk
Discover the Whitsunday’s must exclusive escape – the lush rainforest, sparkling creeks and native wildlife of the Conway Range.
Regarded as one of the six great walks of Queensland, a series of walking tracks takes you through some of the region’s most beautiful natural areas, with breathtaking views over the Whitsunday Islands.
Choose from a short one-hour self-guided circuit through lush rainforest or a half-day walk past shady tulip oaks to a secluded creek.
For the more adventurous, enjoy the complete 30km walk from Brandy Creek via Repulse Creek to Airlie Beach – a three-day odyssey through groves of towering palms, into lush valleys and over bubbling creeks.
Cedar Creek Falls
Located 19km from Proserpine on Conway Beach Road, the picturesque Cedar Creek Falls are spectacular in the wet season and offer a year-round natural swimming pool at the base of the falls.
Relax in a natural rock amphitheatre surrounded by stunning native flora including strangler figs, red and white cedars and wild orchids.
Take a bush walk up and around the falls and admire the majestic Alexandra palms that line the creek as it winds its way to the ocean.
With its pristine national parks and bustling, friendly coastal towns that offer an endless array of fun-filled activities, the Whitsunday Coast is not to be missed.
Check out the bustling and friendly Airlie Beach – gateway to the Whitsundays – as well as a series of colourful towns set along the Whisunday Coast.
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Where to stay in the Whitsundays
The Whitsundays offer newlyweds some of the most romantic locations in the world and are typically one island, one resort.
Combine the superb facilities and huge choice of activities on offer, including snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, swimming or simple relaxation, and you have the makings of the honeymoon of a lifetime at any of these Whitsunday resorts…
One&Only Hayman Island
Location: Hayman Islandf
Prices: from AUD1035 per room
Description: Experience world-class service at One&Only Hayman Island – atropical oasis of white sandy beaches, lush palm trees and sparkling waters. Guests can experience elegant resort living in luxurious and modern accommodation, with all rooms featuring a private balcony and sea or garden views. Free WiFi and complimentary breakfast are included. One&Only Spa is a blissful sanctuary, dedicated to personal pampering including facials, body wraps and even massages on a floating bed in the ocean. Facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness centre, tennis court and swimming pool. The resort features restaurants with Italian, Asian and modern Australian cuisines. For a private dining experience you can enjoy a romantic twilight dinner or gourmet beach picnic. Hayman Island is a scenic 55-minute boat cruise from Hamilton Island or a 15-minute flight by helicopter or sea plane. Inter-island excursions, and diving, snorkeling and fishing adventures can be arranged.
Facilities incl.: 4 restaurants, 2 bars, 3 pools (1 saltwater, 2 heated freshwater), beachside 9-hole golf putting green, 5 lit tennis courts (w/ball machine and coaching), extensive health club, spa, outdoor Jacuzzi, watersports, dive center, game room, concierge, tour desk, business center, shopping arcade, salon; 24-hr. room service, laundry service and dry cleaning.
Location: Hamilton Island
Prices: from AUD4000 per room
Description: Qualia Resort offers guests a distinctively understated style and luxury, with a choice of elegant private pavilions that promise privacy and luxury on Hamilton Island’s secluded northern tip. Each of Qualia’s 60 light-filled pavilions faces the water, surrounded by tropical bushland with uninterrupted views over the sea. Natural tones of timber, stone and glass reflect the serenity of qualia’s Whitsundays locale, subtly framing the seafront setting and providing sweeping views from every room.
Facilities incl.: 2 restaurants, 2 bars, 2 pools, exclusive use of a two-seater golf buggy, 24/7 chauffeur service, spa, 24-hr. room service, laundry service, dry cleaning and watersports.
Location: Hamilton Island
Prices: from AUD720 per room
Description: Boasting an infinity pool and a private beach area, this resort offers adult only, beachfront accommodation with free WiFi and free airport transfers. Each room has a private balcony with stunning Coral Sea views. The stylish, adult only rooms have flat-screen cable TV, an iPod dock and a DVD player. The private bathroom has a bathrobe, hairdryer and guest toiletries. Chinese TV channels are available. Surrounded by tropical gardens, Beach Club offers a free chauffeur service to take guests around Hamilton Island. Guests can make use of the free water sports equipment, including windsurfing and snorkelling. Staff are able to converse in English and Chinese. Overlooking the palm-fringed pool, Beach Club Restaurant offers à la carte dining and creative cocktails. There are also a number of restaurants within a 5-minute walk. Hamilton Island Beach Club is only 1 km from the Great Barrier Reef Airport. Dent Island is a 5-minute ferry ride away.
Facilities incl.: restaurant, 2 bars, outdoor pool, spa, fitness facilitiy, nighclub, room service, laundry service and watersports.
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Reef View Hotel
Location: Hamilton Island
Prices: from AUD275 per room
Description: Located directly opposite Catseye Beach, Reef View Hotel features a restaurant, bar and outdoor swimming pool. Each room offers free WiFi and a private balcony overlooking the gardens or the Coral Sea. Reef View Hamilton Island offers modern rooms with a furnished balcony, plus a bathroom with a separate bath and shower. All rooms include air conditioning, a refrigerator and a flat-screen TV with Chinese TV channels available. Buffet breakfast, light lunches and an à la carte dinner menu are served in the Pool Terrace Restaurant, overlooking the 35-metre heated swimming pool. The Reef Lounge offers a selection of beer and wine. Guests have free access to the island’s fitness centre, sauna and tennis courts. Guests enjoy free use of all non-motorised water sports equipment, including windsurfing and snorkelling gear. Staff are able to converse in English and Chinese. Free Wi-Fi access is available at the Reef View Foyer & Lounge and at various areas throughout the property (download limits apply).
Facilities incl.: restaurant, 2 bars, outdoor pool, 24-hour reception and concierge, nearby spa, fitness facility, nearby tennis and squash courts and watersports equipment.
Daydream Island Resort & Spa
Location: Daydream Island
Prices: from AUD180 per room
Description: Daydream Island Resort and Spa features an open-air cinema, an outdoor pool, a tennis court and 5 restaurants. Each luxury resort-style room includes a private balcony or terrace with beautiful views. The world-class day spa offers a range of pampering therapies including body and skin care treatments and massages. Enjoy free access to a fitness centre and use of sporting facilities including kayaks, volleyball and cricket equipment. Free WiFi is available in the atrium. The resort boasts a variety of different restaurants and entertainment venues including Waterfalls Restaurant, Mermaids Restaurant and Lagoon Bar. Daydream Island Resort provides spacious rooms with a modern living area and satellite TV. They all feature a balcony or terrace with views of the sea, marina or tropical gardens.
Facilities incl.: 3 restaurants, 3 bars, 3 freshwater outdoor pools, outdoor aquarium, 2 lit tennis courts, 3 Jacuzzis, spa, tour desk, laundry and watersports equipment.
While on the mainland, bustling Airlie Beach also offers a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets and a plethora of land- and water-based activities.
Peppers Airlie Beach
Location: Airlie Beach,
Prices: from AUD576 per room
Description: Overlooking the Whitsunday Passage, Peppers Airlie Beach offers 5-star luxury apartments with wide verandas and panoramic ocean views. Each apartment features a separate lounge/dining area and kitchen. The apartments have an LCD TV with cable channels and an iPod docking station. The well-equipped kitchens include an oven, freezer, microwave and dishwasher. The luxurious bathrooms feature both spa baths and showers. Airlie Beach Peppers’ restaurant and bar serves food made with local produce. It features a variety of cocktails each evening.Facilities include a day spa, gymnasium, swimming pool and spa pool. Airlie Beach, just 700 metres from the hotel, features a selection of shops, cafes, clubs and pubs. A boardwalk links the Airlie Beach lagoon to nearby Cannonvale and Shingley Beach.
Facilities incl.: restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, full-service spa, health club and room service.
Peninsula Airlie Beach
Location: Airlie Beach
Prices: from AUD369 per room
Description: Peninsula Airlie Beach offers a choice of apartments and penthouses, located directly on the waterfront. All apartments have a private balcony with views of the marina and the Whitsunday Islands. Each apartment includes a spacious lounge area with sofa, coffee table, LCD TV, DVD player and stereo system. The fully equipped kitchen features an electric stove, refrigerator and a dishwasher. The restaurants and nightlife of Airlie Beach are just a 20-minute walk away. It is only 3 minutes’ drive to the famous Airlie Beach Lagoon. The tour desk can organise trips to Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsundays. Facilities at Peninsula Apartments Airlie Beach include free internet access and an outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers.
Pinnacles Resort & Spa
Location: Airlie Beach,
Prices: from AUD324 per room
Description: Pinnacles Resort offers 5-star luxury apartments with Coral Sea views, just 300 m from Airlie Beach town centre. The Port of Airlie is just 900 metres away. All apartments at Pinnacles Resort Whitsundays include an internal spa bath or hot tub, a balcony and stunning views of the Coral Sea. The 1-bedroom apartments have a kitchenette whilst the 2 and 3-bedroom apartments have a fully equipped kitchen. Guests can relax in the 20 metre infinity pool or in infrared sauna, and can work out at the fully equipped fitness centre. Pinnacles Resort is located in the heart of Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Whitsunday Coast Airport or Proserpine Airport is a 45-minute drive from the resort.
Facilities incl.: outdoor pool, full-service spa, sauna and health club.
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Best time to honeymoon in the Whitsundays
For the best weather visit the Whitsundays anytime between May and November. However, late March through December are considered the best holiday months.
The Whitsundays enjoys a tropical climate with hot summers, warm winters and a pleasant spring and autumn.
Summer, from December to February, averages between 25°C (77°F) and 31°C (87°F) and winter from 18°C (64°F) to 26°C (78°F).
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How to get to the Whitsundays
The Whitsunday Islands lie off the central coast of Queensland, around 900km north of Brisbane and 600km south of Cairns, and are easily accessible by air and sea from the mainland.
You have two options: fly to Hamilton Island Airport or the smaller Proserpine Airport on the mainland. Proserpine is best if you plan on staying at Airlie Beach or are picking up a yacht charter from Shute Harbour.
There are no direct international flights to Hamilton Island Airport or Proserpine Airport.
Jetstar Airways and Virgin Australia Airlines offer direct flights to Hamilton Island from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Qantas Airways flies direct from Cairns.
Only Jetstar Airways and Virgin Australia Airlines offer direct daily flights to Proserpine from Brisbane.
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