Best Time To Visit: Sailing conditions are best during the southern winter (June to October). The sea is warm and clear, making excellent diving conditions.
Key Cruising Areas: The uninhabited archipelago offers many anchorages and idyllic beaches to sail around. On the fringe of the GBR, heading north there are endless options for diving, snorkeling, and exploring the islands of the reef.
Don’t Miss: The most healthy part of the reef, diving at Whitsundays is a must. The Pinnacles is one of – if not the – best dive site in the Whitsundays. Acropora and porite corals form boulders and huge bommies, and the sea swirls with a myriad of colourful fish.
Best Spots for Wining and Dining: On the mainland, Pioneer Bay offers some high-quality dining options. However, for a touch of island luxury, hop over to Hamilton Island, to visit the 5-star Qualia resort for some pampering and excellent dining. Work up an appetite with a hike through the lush bush, then treat yourself to the eight-course degustation menu at Long Pavilion.