Woowark-Bay-Kidman

Seaside hideaway

Sheriden Rhodes soaks in the solitude at an exclusive Whitsundays resort.

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A volcanic plug in the Peak Range on the road between Clermont and Moranbah

Moranbah - Places to See

Moranbah
A large, modern mining town.
Located 191 km west of Mackay, 208 km north-east of Emerald, 1117 km from Brisbane via Emerald and 225 m above sea-level, Moranbah is a thriving, single purpose mining town with a population of nearly 8000 people.

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Near Mirani sugarcane forms a wall around the garden edges of a canegrower's house

Mirani - Places to See

Mirani (including Marian, Finch Hatton and Eungella)
Sleepy rural town surrounded by fields of sugar cane.
Although Mirani is a small and rather inconsequential sugar town it lies at the heart of the beautiful Pioneer Valley which is described, with some justification, as the 'Showcase of North Queensland'.

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The FantaSea catamaran at the Outer Reef

Whitsunday

Whitsunday (including Cannonvale and the Whitsunday Islands)
Collection of popular and beautiful islands in the Great Barrier Reef.
Today the words Whitsunday and Whitsunday Islands encompass the large 'town' of Whitsunday (which includes the mainland settlements of Airlie Beach, Cannonvale and Shute Harbour) and the Whitsunday Islands which include 74 islands off the Central Queensland coast of which the most important are Daydream Island, Dent Island, Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, Hook Island, Lindeman Island, Long Island, and South Molle.

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The beach at Club Crocodile

Long Island - Culture and History

Long Island (see also South Long Island)
Quiet and interesting island close to the mainland in the Whitsunday group.
Geologically the Whitsunday Islands are all drowned mountains. Prior to the last Ice Age they were connected to the mainland and would have all been prominent mountains in the area. The melting of the polar caps drowned the valleys between the mountains creating a network of 74 islands of which only 7 have resort facilities. Beyond the resorts the whole area is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the uninhabited islands are all controlled by National Parks and Wildlife.

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View from the walking trail around to Plantation Beach

Lindeman Island - Culture and History

Lindeman Island
Club Med resort island in the Whitsundays.
Geologically the Whitsunday Islands are all drowned mountains. Prior to the last Ice Age they were connected to the mainland and would have all been prominent mountains in the area. The melting of the polar caps drowned the valleys between the mountains creating a network of 74 islands of which only 7 have resort facilities. Beyond the resorts the whole area is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the uninhabited islands are all controlled by National Parks and Wildlife.

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The FantaSea catamaran leaves Shute Harbour each morning and travels to the outer reef

Shute Harbour

Shute Harbour
Major port for trips to the Whitsunday islands and the outer Great Barrier Reef.
Located 8 km from Airlie Beach on a short winding journey through the Conway National Park, which has a camping and picnic area, the tiny settlement of Shute Harbour is effectively nothing more than a lot of parking spaces and a harbour where the cruises and the ferries leave for the Whitsunday Islands.

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The beach in front of South Molle Island

South Molle Island

South Molle Island
Accessible island in the Whitsunday Group
Geologically the Whitsunday Islands are all drowned mountains. Prior to the last Ice Age they were connected to the mainland and would have all been prominent mountains in the area. The melting of the polar caps drowned the valleys between the mountains creating a network of 74 islands. The island is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and is controlled by National Parks and Wildlife.

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