Theme Week Queensland – Whitsunday Islands

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Hamilton Island - Catseye Beach © Internet2014/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hamilton Island – Catseye Beach © Internet2014/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Whitsunday Islands are a collection of continental islands of various sizes off the central coast of Queensland in Australia, situated between just south of Bowen and to the north of Mackay, some 900 kilometres (560 mi) north of Brisbane. The island group is centred on Whitsunday Island, while the group’s commercial centre is Hamilton Island. The traditional owners of the area are the Ngaro People and the Gia People (Birri Gubba Language Group), the Juru Clan of which has the only recognised Native Title in the Region.

The term is a mis-nomer, based as it is on Captain Cook’s naming of what is now known as the Whitsunday Passage (in Cook’s Journal, Whitsunday’s Passage) in the belief that the passage was discovered on Whitsunday, The Sunday of the feast of Whitsun or Pentecost in the Christian liturgical year, observed 7 weeks after Easter. As the International Date Line had not been established it was actually Whit-Monday.

Whitehaven Beach © flickr.com - Slug69/cc-by-sa-2.0 Whitehaven Beach © Bigal888/cc-by-sa-2.5 South Molle Island looking at North Molle and Daydream Islands © Brian Dell Whitsunday Island © Garry Burns/cc-by-sa-2.0 Hamilton Island © Kieron Wood/cc-by-sa-4.0 Hamilton Island - Catseye Beach © Internet2014/cc-by-sa-3.0
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South Molle Island looking at North Molle and Daydream Islands © Brian Dell
The Whitsunday islands are a popular tourist destination for travellers to Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef with the area being one of the most popular yachting destinations in the Southern Hemisphere. The island received about 700,000 visitors between March 2008 and March 2009.

The Ngaro Sea Trail Great Walk is a mix of seaways and short walks, crossing South Molle, Hook and Whitsunday islands. The tracks across the islands are linked by seaways suited to kayaking, sailing or powerboating. Camping is available at eight camping areas on the three islands. Several islands have large resorts, offering a wide variety of accommodation and activities.

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