A cluster of 74 islands, the Whitsundays have fine beaches and national parks, glorious spots in which to camp and five-star hideaways. Whitehaven beach, with its 4.5 kilometres of sparkling silica shorefront, is the most recognisable landmark in this part of the Great Barrier Reef. Hamilton Island is the archipelago's most developed. You'll find something to love anywhere if you're an aqua lover.
You can still appreciate onshore attractions, shopping, nightlife and restaurants from a base at Airlie Beach too. Try a crocodile-spotting trip up the Proserpine River, venture inland for a stark contrast in landscape or head north for a drive to Bowen. Keep an eye out for the Big Mango on the Bruce Highway! Find a cheap flight to Proserpine with Flight Centre, anytime.