Whitsunday Islands - Qld - Australia
The 70-odd islands of the Whitsunday group are probably the best known and most developed of the Barrier Reef islands. The group was named by Captain Cook who sailed through the area on July 3, 1770. The islands are scattered on both sides of the Whitsunday Passage, within 50 km of Shute Harbour, the jumping-off point for the many cruises through the group. The actual Great Barrier Reef is at least 60 km out from Shute Harbour, Hook Reef is the nearest part of the reef. Many of the Whitsunday islands are National Parks. The large block of mainland national park opposite them, stretching from Airlie Beach south to Conway, is known as the Conway Range National Park. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.