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Whitsundays Islands in Australia

The Whitsunday Islands in Australia

On the east coast of Australia, just over 90 minutes by plane from Queensland's capital Brisbane, are the unique Whitsunday Islands. The Whitsunday Islands are a unique group of islands with an equally unique history. The Whitsunday Islands are actually a submerged mountain range. In this article, I would like to show you more about the Whitsunday Islands and help you to experience this wonderful place with its unique beaches for yourself.

History of the Whitsunday Islands

Today, exactly 17 of the 74 Whitsunday Islands are inhabited. This wonderful natural wonder was created by rising sea levels after the ice age almost 40,000 years ago. The sea separated the mainland from a mountain range, the highest peaks of which are now the Whitsunday Islands. Most of the Whitsunday Islands are now a national park. Incidentally, the Great Barrier Reef is only about 40 km east of the Whitsunday Islands. The Whitsunday Islands were discovered in 1770 by James Cook, from whom the Whitsundays take their name. He considered the actual day to be Whitsunday, although it was actually Easter Monday. This is how the Whitsunday Islands kept their name.

These are the Whitsunday Islands in Australia

The Whitsunday Islands have a tropical climate with average temperatures of around 21°C to 28°C. Many seabirds nest here, as well as flying foxes, monitor lizards, kangaroos, dolphins, turtles and humpback whales. The diversity of animals and plants is huge. Orchids, pines and eucalyptus trees grow on the Whitsunday Islands. As the Whitsundays are quite safe due to the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays also attract many sailors to the east coast of Australia. Each of the Whitsunday Islands is unique. The largest island of the Whitsunday Islands is the eponymous Whitsunday Island, which is also a national park. Here is the beautiful Whiteheaven Beach, which can only be reached by ferry and kayak. The islands of Hamilton Island, Daydream Island, Hayman Island, Hook Island, Lindeman Island, Long Island and South Molle Island have hotel resorts and all have their own charm.

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