There is no accurate tally of the number of islands and islets that can be found
in the Whistsunday Group of Islands and much depends on your definition of the
Whitsunday Group of Islands. Although some quarters talk about Cumberland
Islands being the Whitsunday Islands and vice versa, this is incorrect. Any
definition of the Whitsunday Islands must include some or all of the Cumberland
Islands, and islands outside the Cumberlands eg the Repusle Islands and the
Newry Islands, Double Cone Island and all its neighbours.
There is no official
or generally accepted public definition of what constitutes the Whitsunday
Islands, although in Ray Blackwood great publication The
Whitsunday Islands, An Historical Encyclopaedia, he has elected to include
all those islands and features which lie between Snare Peak Island in the south
(the most southerly of the Cumberland Islands) and Gloucester Island in the
north, the Great Barrier Reef to the east and the mainland coast to the west.
The work covers over one hundred and sixty named islands.
Many thanks go to
Ray Blackwood who gave us permission for much of the information that has been used
our Whitsunday section of
Source: Courtesy of author Ray Blackwood,
Whitsunday Islands, An Historical Encyclopaedia
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