Christmas in Australia Photo Credit: Australia.com
Heart Reef Photo Credit: TourismWhitsundays.com.au
Are you dreaming of a White Christmas? With December being the middle of the summer in Australia, a White Christmas is definitely possible. Instead of it being a frosty, snow-filled Christmas, it is a white sand-filled Christmas holiday with lots of surf, sun, and marine life in the gorgeous and relaxing Whitsunday Islands. The Whitsundays, as they are often called by the locals, is an archipelago chain of 74 islands off the coast of southern Queensland, just inland from the famous Great Barrier Reef.
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There is much to see and do in Queensland in the summer time. The kids are out of school for the holidays and you will have plenty to choose from. The best way to get around Queensland is by hiring a car or 4WD all-terrain vehicle. At Budget Car Hire in Proserpine at the Whitsunday Coast Airport location, we can find the right car for all your holiday travel needs. Even though you wouldn’t take your car rental to the Whitsunday Islands, it is still great to be able to get around the mainland on your own schedule and see the sights on your own timeline rather than waiting for tour buses or relying on taxis. You can stay on the mainland and hire day cruises or fishing charters, snorkel or dive boats, etc.
Or you can choose to stay on one of the islands for the ultimate, intense reef excursion. The Whitsunday Islands are a protected part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The island chain is located southeast of the reef in the Coral Sea. As you may know, the Great Barrier Reef is home to a thriving list of marine diversity which stretches into the Whitsunday Islands as well. Some of the best snorkeling and SCUBA diving opportunities are in the clear aqua waters surrounding the Whitsundays. Here are some of the highlights of the Whitsunday Islands:
This is where you can definitely put the “white” in White Christmas. Whitehaven Beach has beautiful, powder white sand beaches that are in contrast to the dark blue sparkling water of the Coral Sea. It is one of the most popular destinations in the Whitsundays and is a well-known international island getaway. It is also one of the most photographed beaches in Australia.
Hill Inlet, photo credit Wikipedia
It is located on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the entire chain. Whitehaven Beach and the adjacent Hill Inlet are a gorgeous combination. Day trips are available to Whitsunday Island or you can experience it on an overnight sailing stop, bush camping right on the beach, or from afar on a scenic seaplane flight.
The Living Reef on Daydream Island Photo Credit: DaydreamIsland.com
Daydream Island is one of the islands of the Molle Group and is quite close to the coast. The entire island is home to the Daydream Island Resort. So you can stay overnight at the resort on the island and partake in the long list of activities at the resort including water sports, mini golf, movies in the open-air cinema, indulge in the award-winning Rejuvenation Spa, swimming in the resort’s pools plus, the splendors of the beaches and Coral Sea all around. The highlight of Daydream Island though is the resort’s man-made outdoor aquarium, the Living Reef. It gives guests a rare opportunity to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef without venturing out into the unknown deep. Instead, guests can wade in the reef with the stingrays, sea turtles, baby sharks, clownfish, barramundi and 100+ other species of marine life that live in this lagoon. There are also over 60 species of natural corals that make up an ecosystem that represents the same habitat of the Great Barrier Reef.
Photo credit DaydreamIsland.com
Hamilton Island Photo Credit: TourismWhitsundays.com.au
Hamilton Island is the largest island resort of the Whitsundays. The resort boasts luxury experiences like no other and the island itself offers up treasures from nature ready to be explored. There is always something going on at Hamilton Island from sporting events to culinary festivals and cultural events. Of course, the Great Barrier Reef and nature take centre stage though. In December you can watch the SB3 World Championships or participate in Tropfest, an event hosted on the island that includes live music and specialty foods.
Hamilton Island Yacht Club Photo Credit: TourismWhitsundays.com.au
Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef off Hayman Island Photo Credit: Hayman.OneandOnlyResorts.com
Hayman Island is a private and remote island where you can indulge in a luxury resort getaway. The Hayman One and Only Resort features upscale elegance matched only by the relaxing beauty of the nature that surrounds it. Surrender your stress to a signature Hayman One and Only Spa Ocean Dreaming Massage. This unique destination perfectly blends style and luxury with oceanic adventures in the Coral Sea.
Hayman’s One and Only Resort Photo Credit: Hayman.OneandOnlyResorts.com
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