Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island is the largest island in the Whitsunday group of islands located off the coast of Central Queensland, Australia. Whitehaven Beach was rated as the top Eco Friendly Beach in the world by CNN.com in July 2010.[1] The island should not be confused with Pinaki in the Tuamotu group which was named "Whitsunday Island" by Samuel Wallis in 1767. It is uninhabited today but was once settled by the sea-faring Ngaro people. The first of the logging camps on the island was set up by Eugene Fitzalan in 1861 to exploit the large hoop pine for construction of buildings on the mainland.[2]

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Hill Inlet, 2003
Whitsunday group Australia en
LocationCoral Sea
ArchipelagoWhitsunday Islands
Total islands74
Area275.08 km2 (106.21 sq mi)
Local government areaWhitsunday Regional Council


The island is accessible by boat from the mainland tourist ports of Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. It contains many popular destinations for both day visitors and overnight sailors, including the magnificent pure-white sands of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, the secure anchorage of Cid Harbour, and the sheltered waterway of Gulnare Inlet. The island also has six campgrounds.[3]

Named by Captain James Cook in early June 1770, the island covers 27,508 ha (275.08 km2) in area.[4] Around the northern bays of the island are seagrass beds which support a diverse range of marine life.[5] Unadorned rock-wallabies are found on the island.[5]

The seas here are warm, clear, shallow, nutrient rich and fast moving due to large tidal flows making them well-suited to the growth of fringing coral reefs.[6]


Whitsunday islands

Whitehaven Beach


Hill inlet, north of Whitehaven Beach

Plage Whitesunday island

Panoramic view of Whitehaven Beach

See also


  1. ^ "Qld beach wins world eco-friendly award". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. 20 July 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  2. ^ "The Government Contracts at Port Denison". The Courier. 12 October 1863.
  3. ^ "Whitsunday Islands National Park - Camping information". Department of Environment and Resource Management. 21 June 2010. Archived from the original on 10 May 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Economics - Whitsunday Island". Australian Natural Resources Atlas. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Archived from the original on 2 April 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Parks of the Whitsundays - Nature, culture and history". Department of Environment and Resource Management. 21 June 2010. Archived from the original on 9 May 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Whitsunday Islands: Nature, culture and history". Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2016.

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Coordinates: 20°15′S 148°58′E / 20.250°S 148.967°E

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Air Whitsunday

Air Whitsunday is a charter airline based in Australia that operates a fleet of seaplanes. The company also operates tours.

Chalkie's Beach

Chalkie's Beach (also known as Stockyard Beach) is located on the western coast of Haslewood Island in the Whitsunday Islands of Queensland, Australia. It lies across from the more popular Whitehaven Beach on the main Whitsunday Island.The common name originates from a nickname for local businessman David Hutchen, whose yacht, the Banjo Paterson, frequented the beach as a destination in day cruises. "Chalkie" refers to Hutchen's use of a blackboard for scorekeeping in beer-drinking contests following the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. The alternate name, "Stockyard Beach", comes from the presence of stockyards on the island built to house sheep in the 1920s and 1930s.A fringing coral reef lies offshore, home to a variety of fish and sea turtles—including the green turtle and Hawksbill turtle—which feed on nearby seagrass. The beach is a popular destination for snorkelling.

Dent Island Light

Dent Island Light is an active lighthouse located on Dent Island, a small island off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Dent Island is part of the Whitsunday Group of the Whitsunday Islands. Located on the south-west tip of the island, the light guides ships passing in the Whitsunday Passage, between Whitsunday Island and the islands to the west, and marks the Dent Island Passage.From its inception, the lighthouse was closely connected to Cape Cleveland Light. Both lighthouses were recommended, approved, tendered and finally, in December 1879, constructed together. The light went through two upgrades in the 1920s replacing both the oil lamp and the fourth order lens with an incandescent gas mantle and a new lens. In 1983, the light was converted to solar power, and finally, in 1987 it was demanned.The lighthouse is a typical for Queensland, made of a timber frame clad with galvanized iron plates. It is topped by a Chance Brothers lantern room, and painted white with a red dome. A modern ML-300 lantern replaced the original lens.

Electoral district of Whitsunday

Whitsunday is an electoral division in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland, Queensland, Australia.

It extends from the northern suburbs of Mackay to Bowen and Proserpine as well as east to the Whitsunday Islands.

Eugene Fitzalan

Eugene Fitzherbert Albini Fitzalan (1830 - 1911) was an Irish-born botanist in Australia. He made many botanical expedition and discovered numerous new species. He created the first botanical garden in Cairns, Queensland, now the heritage-listed Flecker Botanical Gardens.

Francis Price Blackwood

Francis Price Blackwood (25 May 1809–22 March 1854) was a British naval officer who while posted at several different locations during his time in the Royal Navy, spent much of his time posted in colonial Australia and was an instrumental pioneer of regions near Australia's east coast and nearby islands.Blackwood was the second son of Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Blackwood and his third wife, Harriet née Gore, Blackwood entered the navy at age twelve. He was commissioned 8 Aug 1828 and joined HMS Ariadne under Captain Frederick Marryat. He then served on HMS Alligator under Captain Charles Yorke.It was in 1833 that Blackwood was appointed to be in command of HMS Hyacinth, a ship which would take him to Australia on his first visit and in which he would travel to the north-east coast to gather hydrographic data. In 1838 Blackwood received a promotion to the rank of captain.

HMS Fly (1831)

HMS Fly was an 18-gun sloop of the Royal Navy. She was responsible for the exploration and charting of much of Australia's north-east coast and nearby islands. She was converted to a coal hulk in 1855 and broken up in 1903.

Lindeman Island

Lindeman Island is an island in the Lindeman Group of the Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The island was named by Captain Bedwell after his sub-lieutenant, George Sidney Lindeman whilst aboard the Royal Navy vessel HMS Virago.Most of the island is included in the Lindeman Islands National Park which also protects another 13 islands. There is also a resort and an airport on the island.Lindeman Island was created after a volcanic mountain range was drowned by rising sea levels.

Lisa Millar

Lisa Millar is an Australian television news presenter and journalist.

Millar is currently co-host of the ABC's breakfast program News Breakfast alongside Michael Rowland.

She has previously been a foreign correspondent for ABC News based in London and Washington DC.

List of islands of Australia

This is a list of selected Australian islands grouped by State or Territory.

Australia has 8,222 islands within its maritime borders.

Long Island (Whitsunday Islands)

Long Island is a member of the Whitsunday Island group off the east coast of Queensland, Australia. It is 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) in length and is at its widest point only 400 metres (1,300 ft). Long Island is the closest island in the Whitsunday group to the mainland of Australia, being only 1 kilometre (0.6 mi) from the coastline. A boat transfer to the island from Shute Harbour on the mainland takes 20 minutes.

Most of the island is national park, including 2,500 acres (1,012 hectares) of tropical rainforest and 20 kilometres of bush walking paths. There is a coral reef 150 metres (492 ft) offshore.

Ngaro people

The Ngaro were a seafaring Australian Aborigine group of people that inhabited the Whitsunday Islands and coastal regions of Queensland, in an area that archaeologically shows evidence of human habitation since 9000 BP. Ngaro society was destroyed by warfare with traders, colonists, and the Australian Native Police. The Native Police Corps forcibly relocated the remaining Ngaro aborigines in 1870 to a penal colony on Palm Island or to the lumber mills of Brampton Island as forced laborers.

Shute Harbour

Shute Harbour is a coastal locality and harbour in the Whitsunday Region of Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Shute Harbour had a population of 122 people.

Whitehaven (disambiguation)

Whitehaven is a town on the coast of Cumbria, England.

Whitehaven may also refer to:

CumbriaWhitehaven (UK Parliament constituency), 1832–1983

Whitehaven railway station

Whitehaven, a rugby league team

Whitehaven A.F.C., an amateur football clubCanadaWhitehaven, Ottawa, OntarioUnited StatesWhitehaven, Maryland

Whitehaven Historic District

Whitehaven Hotel, a historic building

Whitehaven, Memphis, Tennessee

Whitehaven (Paducah, Kentucky), a historic house and state welcome center

White Haven, Pennsylvania

Whitehaven (house), Clinton family home

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, also known as White HavenAustraliaWhitehaven beach, on Whitsunday Island

Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is a 7 km stretch along Whitsunday Island, Australia. The island is accessible by boat, seaplane & helicopter from Airlie Beach, as well as Hamilton Island. It lies across from Stockyard Beach, better known as Chalkie's Beach, on Haslewood Island. The beach is known for its crystal white silica sands and turquoise coloured waters. The beach has barbeque and camping facilities.

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Whitsunday, Whitsundays and Whit Sunday may also refer to:

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The Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia

Whitsunday Islands National Park

Whitsunday Island, the largest of the Whitsunday Islands

Whitsunday Region, a local government area located in North Queensland, Australia

Electoral district of Whitsunday, an electoral division in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland, Australia

Shire of Whitsunday, a former local government area located in North Queensland

Whitsunday Islands

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Whitsunday Islands National Park

Whitsunday Islands is a national park in Queensland, Australia, 920 kilometres (570 mi) northwest of Brisbane. It contains Whitsunday Island and 31 others.

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