The Cumberland and Northumberland Island Groups, is commonly
called the Whitsunday Islands and form the largest offshore island
chain on Australias east coast.
Prior to the last Ice Age the
region was connected to the mainland and would have formed part of
the mountains in the area. With the melting of the polar caps the
valleys between the mountains became submerged, creating the current
network of 74 islands.
The whole area is part of the Great Barrier
Reef Marine Park and the uninhabited islands are all controlled by
the National Parks and Wildlife. This tropical sub-rainforest region
is about 1,125 km north of Brisbane, and 725 km south of Cairns.
The Whitsunday region offers the visitors a smorgasbord of
activities and attractions, starting from the splendour of the Great
Barrier Reef, and includes tropical islands, coral-fringed
white-sand beaches, national parks area, a huge variety of bird and
aquatic life. There are many trails to explore, some leading to
panoramic views and secluded beaches. Activities include water
activities such as sailing, skiing, para-sailing, suba-diving, horse
riding, golf, or just laze around.
You can enjoy the facilities of a luxury resort, commune with
nature at one of the eco-accommodation or rough it with nature at a
camp site. The choice is yours.
The Whitsunday Group of Islands,
sometimes referred to just as the Whitsundays, include:
Island, Hayman Island,
Island, South Molle Island,
South Long Island and many more.
Check out our listing of
Whitsunday Islands accommodation.
In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local
tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local
maps and other information.