Airlie Beach is the centre of the complex of islands, villages and resort towns that is the Whitsunday group.
Looking for an island escape? Australia has plenty of options to suit every style and budget. Here’s our pick of the best.
It would have to be one of the most spectacular day trips in the world - and it's on our doorstep.
Take the Garden Route which runs along the coast from Plettenberg west as far as George.
It's rated the best beach in Australia and the fifth best in the world, but scientists can't explain it.
If three bronze mermaids perched just off shore start to move, chances are you’ve had a little too much to drink.
Take the wheel, hit the throttle and explore the 74 islands of the Whitsundays – all in the comfort of your own yacht.
It’s probably got something to do with the weather, but time seems to go a little slower in the tropics. So, when in Rome, roam as the locals do.
Home to some of Australia's most beautiful islands and whitest beaches, the Whitsundays are a haven for lovers of sun, sailing and sand.