Welcome to our Whitsunday Paradise!
The Whitsundays are situated
on the tropical north coast of Queensland, Australia and encompass the Great
Barrier Reef and the 74 islands of the Cumberland group that makeup the magnificent
Whitsunday Islands. The Whitsunday Shire has a permanent population of 15,891,
a large casual population and attracted approx 635,000 visitors during 2003.
From the spectacular Laguna Whitsunday Resort in the South to sunny Bowen
in the North, the Whitsundays incorporate the mainland towns of Airlie Beach,
Cannonvale, Shute Harbour and the historic town of Proserpine along with resorts
on Hamilton Island,
Hayman, Hook Island, South Molle Island, Long Island, Daydream Island and Lindeman
matter your idea of fun, the Whitsundays have it all!
Romantic tropical retreats
and resorts, sailing adventures, diving adventures on the Great
Barrier Reef, tranquil rainforest treks or parasailing and skydiving for the
action junkies - the Whitsundays will cater for your every need and desire - if,
after reading this summary, you require any further information contact the Whitsunday
Tourist Information Centre.
The Local Economy
local Whitsunday economy is based around the national and international Tourism
Industry - Airlie Beach providing the mainland port for the island resorts with
two marinas - Abel Point Marina & Shute Harbour - along with a large and diverse
selection of accommodation resorts, hotels, motels and backpacker accommodation.
The town boasts many restaurants, cafes and bars along with a 140-metre x 40-metre
all year saltwater swimming lagoon located on the foreshore. Admission is free
and the Airlie Lagoon features children's playground equipment, free BBQ's and
life guards on patrol in the precinct 7 days a week. The town also provides substantial
support industries for the tourism and marine industries with an industrial park
and numerous boatyards providing marine support industries. Real estate development
has also seen numerous large scale real estate projects commence in the last two
years offering employment opportunities to builders and associated tradespeople
although a shortage of accomodation has resulted in high real estate prices and
rent. The other major industry and employer in the region is agriculture - sugar
the prominent crop - with the Proserpine Mill crushing around 2,000,000 tonnes
in the last seasonal crop.
media services have put together all the details you require for your visit to
to the Whitsundays is easy!
Our two major gateway airports
- Proserpine and Hamilton
Island - have daily and weekly scheduled jet services to and from Brisbane,
Sydney and Melbourne through major airline operators Qantas, Virgin Blue and Jetstar
along with some connecting flights to regional centres.
intrastate passenger rail services call at Proserpine Railway Station and all
major Australian coach and tour coach companies call at Proserpine and Airlie
you are contemplating a driving holiday, you cant miss the Whitsundays.
Most roads in the region are suitable for normal vehicles and with some of the
most spectacular tropical scenery in Queensland. A driving holiday is the perfect
way to see the Whitsundays. All the services you could require for your driving
holiday are available in Airlie Beach and Cannonvale.
to Proserpine (direct) - 1.5 hrs
Brisbane to Hamilton Island (direct) - 1.5
Sydney to Proserpine (via Bris.) - 3.0 hrs
Sydney to Hamilton Island
(direct) - 2.3 hrs
Melbourne to Proserpine (via Bris) - 4.8 hrs
to Proserpine (direct) - 1.0 hrs
Cairns to Hamilton Island (via Townsville)
- 1.0 hrs
to Proserpine - 20 hrs - Standard Service
Cairns to Proserpine - 12 hrs -
to Airlie Beach - 17 hrs
Cairns to Airlie Beach - 10 hrs
Airlie Beach - 4 hrs
Mackay to Airlie Beach - 2 hrs
Proserpine to Airlie
Beach - ½ hr
mainland destinations are serviced by a scheduled bus service.
the magnificent Whitsunday Islands and resorts,Fantasea
Cruises operate Blue Ferries - a modern, high speed luxury catamaran ferry
service to all major resorts and connecting with all arriving & departing
to and from Hamilton Island Airport. Bookings can be made at any tour desk or
travel agent, by phoning us on (07) 49481096 or at Fantasea Cruises terminal,
Jilly's on the Jetty, located at Shute Harbour - approximately 6 kilometres south
of Airlie Beach and the main deep water arrival & departure port in the Whitsundays.
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Zones Around the World
shown below are at 12.00 noon local North Queensland time.
The times may
vary due to daylight saving in some Australian States and Countries during summer.
Hong Kong 10.00am
Honolulu 4.00pm (previous day)
London 3.00am Melbourne 12.00pm
New York 10.00pm (previous day)
Southern California 6.00pm (previous
Vancouver 7.00pm (previous day)
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Facilities in the Whitsundays
There are three general practitioners surgeries in
the Whitsundays - all are situated in Airlie Beach, on the Mainland, offering
general consultations, and various other services.
Address: Shute Harbour Road Airlie Beach
Number of Doctors:
4 (Male & Female)
24 Hour on call Service: Yes - 7 Days a Week
General Practitioners, Workcover, Pre Employment, Maritime Medicals,etc.
Whitsunday Medical Service,
Address: 400 Shute Harbour Road Airlie Beach
Number of Doctors: 4
24 Hour on call Service: Yes
consultations, gynecology, employment diving and travel medicals, immunization
service, X ray facilities, vaccinations, back injury and pain management
Whitsundays Doctors Service
Address: 257 Shute Harbour Road Airlie Beach
(public): Proserpine Hospital, located 26 kilometers from Airlie Beach, provides
a complete hospital service for emergency patients, day patients and an out patient
Name: Proserpine Hospital
Address: 2 Herbert Street, Proserpine
Telephone: (07) 4945 0400
24 Hour on call Service: Yes
Complete public hospital facilities
Services: The Queensland Ambulance Service operates a full urgent and non-urgent
ambulance transport service out of Airlie Beach and Proserpine.
service is available on resort islands with private resorts offering individual
Urgent medical transport from other islands can be sourced
through the Emergency 000 telephone number.
CQRESQ operate an emergency medical
helicopter evacuation service and can be sourced through the Ambulance or Police
emergency number - 000
Ambulance: Emergency Calls 000
Air Sea Rescue: Emergency Calls 000
IN AUSTRALIA DO NOT DIAL 911 or 999 FOR EMERGENCY
RESPONSE - DIAL 000 ONLY
There are dental surgeries in the Whitsundays
located on the mainland in Airlie Beach and Cannonvale.
Name: Dr. Joanne
Address: 287 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach
24 Hour on call service: Yes,
Services: Complete Dental Service
Name: Poschelk Dental Surgery
Address: Suite 1/6 Island Drive Cannonvale
Number of Dentists: 2
24 Hour on Call Service: Yes,
Airlie Beach Chiropractic Centre
Address: Suite 11 Beach Plaza The Esplanade
Dr. M. Bauer
Address: 400 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach
Address: 388 Shute Harbour Road Airlie Beach
Name: Central Queensland Pathology Laboratory
Address: Shop 5 Harry Walsh
Building, Main St. Proserpine
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in the Whitsundays
forms of shopping expeditions are catered for in the Whitsunday region with a
smorgasbord of food and provision shops, specialty and gift shops, fine clothes
boutiques, holiday clobber and swimwear boutiques and an array of tourist shops
specializing in traditional and not so traditional souvenirs and holiday memento's.
There are three main shopping precincts on the mainland, the Main Street
of Airlie Beach, the mall of Whitsunday Shopping Centre at Cannonvale and the
new Centro Whitsunday shopping centre on the way into Cannonvale although many
other specialist shopping and food facilities are scattered throughout Airlie
Beach and its suburbs including the marinas at Abel Point and Shute Harbour.
Main street (Shute Harbour Road) Airlie Beach is typical tropical shopfront retailing
with shops offering everything from fast food, clothes and footwear, chemists
and photography equipment right through to the most exquisite imported furniture.
There are some fifty shops in and around main street Airlie Beach and you
are sure to find all but the most elusive item in the uniquely friendly, casual
shopping event not to miss is the local art and craft market on the foreshore
behind main street every Saturday morning. Showcasing the produce of the Whitsundays
very talented craftspeople, the Airlie Beach market is a perfect place to take
in a fresh tropical fruit drink made from your own selected fruit and blended
before your eyes or to barter the price of one of the many hundreds of locally
made craft items on offer.
The Whitsunday Shopping Centre on Shute Harbour
Road Cannonvale is a large mall-style shopping centre and houses many specialty
shops, banks, a post office, small department store, sports store and sidewalk
cafes along with a large Bi Lo supermarket and associated fresh produce retailers.
Centro Whitsunday is the areas newest centre with Woolworts a Big W and larger
Shopping need not stop when you leave the mainland. Hamilton
& Hayman Islands have magnificent shopping precincts catering for all tastes
and supplying all manner of merchandise.
Hamilton Islands bakery is
just one of the islands world famous eateries, producing a mind boggling aray
of mouth watering pastry products. Other Island resorts cater for visitors shopping
needs with outlets providing clothing, footwear, food, souvenirs and other holiday
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National Parks - A Natural Wonder for Exploring and Camping
National and Marine parks of the Whitsunday Islands offer dramatic vine and rainforest-covered
hills and mountains dropping onto pristine, white sandy beaches.
aqua blue waters surrounding the islands and mainland are alive with bird and
marine life. It's paradise complete with long warm days and star-filled balmy
nights. Camping in one of the twenty of so campgrounds within the National and
Marine Parks of the Whitsundays is a great way to experience the unique wildlife,
rainforest and climate of the Queensland tropics.
You can escape society
and immerse yourself in the seclusion and tranquillity of a camping trip to a
remote island or use your base camp for daily bushwalks through the rainforest
or explore the magnificent marine wonderland on your busy doorstep.
National Parks and Wildlife Service maintains and cares for the national parks
and provides a very comprehensive service to campers in the region. The QNPWS
information Centre at Airlie Beach is also the headquarters for the central Queensland
camping permit is required for all campers and can be obtained from the Queensland
National Parks and Wildlife Service Whitsunday Information Centre located on the
road to Shute Harbour outside Airlie Beach on the mainland.
can be made by writing to the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage,
Whitsunday Information Centre, PO Box 332, Airlie Beach, Qld, Australia, 4802.
Applications should include your name and address, number of persons in the party,
preferred camping site or island, date of arrival and length of stay and the size
of your tent or campsite.
Campsite fees are charged per person per night. Children under 5 years of age
are free. Family rate is available. To ensure a good site is booked, payment is
required in advance.
Telephone bookings can be made by credit card.
is available (at cost) to both mainland and island camping grounds. Day cruise
sailing, powerboats, water taxis and aircraft leave from Shute Harbour and Abel
Point Marina daily and will take you to any designated accessible island camping
site. Taxis, shuttle buses, public transport and tour operators are available
for most mainland camping sites.
ensure your camping enjoyment and safety and to protect the pristine nature of
the national parks, there are some important guidelines to observe. Liquid fuel
stoves are strongly recommended for all camping areas.
and burning of firewood is discouraged on the islands as many plants and animals
use dead wood as a home and food source.
Always extinguish all fires before
leaving your campsite.
Always ensure you are carrying sufficient fresh water
with you and check with park rangers as to the availability of fresh water on
your island before your departure.
You should carry at least five litres
of water per day per person with at least three days' supply at any one time.
The motto for island camping is "ship it in, ship it out".
Do not leave and do not bury rubbish or other waste. Use bins provided or take
your rubbish with you and deposit it in a bin on the mainland.
of others using the park.
Leave generators, stereos and other "noise
makers" at home. Pets are prohibited.
Do not use soap or detergents
in lakes, creeks or rivers.
Use walkways and designated campsite where provided.
Prepare and carry a well-equipped first aid kit.
Firearms are prohibited.
Do not remove coral, shells or vegetation from their natural environment.
Camp away from waterways.
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an abundance of alluring water in the Whitsunday region, swimming is a favored
pastime. The crystal clear streams, waterfalls and tidal areas in the national
parks combined with the beauty of the Coral Sea provide the perfect place for
a cooling dip. However there are some dangers you must be aware of before your
Estuarine or Saltwater Crocodiles are dangerous
They live in and around
creeks, rivers and tidal mangrove areas throughout North Queensland. The Department
of Environment and Heritage signpost areas known to be inhabited by estuarine
crocodiles. Do not swim in an area where you see this sign. It should not be taken
lightly. In areas where no sign is visible always check with local authorities
before entering the water.
* Marine stingers, box jellyfish and Irukandji
North Queensland waters between November and May. They inhabit creeks and the
Coral Sea between the mainland and most islands and some beaches. Being stung
by stingers, box jellyfish or irukandji is serious and can be life threatening.
Some species are believed to cause heart attack or central nervous system seizures.
During stinger season swim in stinger proof enclosures and pools or purchase a
stinger suit for protection while swimming. If stung, treat the wounds liberally
with vinegar and seek urgent medical attention. The unspoiled nature of
the Whitsunday region is magical - the small amount of time it takes to receive
expert, qualified advice on the specific area that you are visiting can ensure
both your safety and enjoyment of the region.
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of local calls from public telephones 0.40 cents Most public telephones
in Australia accept both coins and phone cards. As some public telephones will
only accept phone cards it is suggested that you pre purchase a phone card to
ensure your telephone call can be made successfully. Phone cards are available
in denominations between $AUD5.00 to $AUD50.00 and are available from Post Offices
as well as from some newsagents, resorts and backpacker information centres.
Telstra Supplied Operator Assistance
* Local &
National Directory Assistance 12455
* Call Connect 12456
Call Connect 1225
* Operator Reverse/Collect Charges 12250
Operator Assistance 1234
* Time 1902 241 143
* Wakeup Calls 12454
*Alcohol & Drug Information 1 800 177 833
*Crisis Care 1 800 177 135
*Hearing Impaired 1 800 812 225
*Poisons Information Service 131126
*Translating & Interpreting Service 131450
*National Parks & Wildlife
Service (07) 4946 7022
*Taxi Service 131008
*Queensland Rail Enquiries
*Whitsunday Shire Council (07) 49450200
*Water Police (07) 4946
There are two Australia Post Offices located on the mainland and one on Hamilton
*Airlie Beach 257 Shute Harbour Road Airlie Beach
*Cannonvale - Whitsunday Shopping Centre Shute Harbour Road Cannonvale
*Islands - Hamilton Island
of operation are Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm. Cannonvale and Airlie Beach
Post Offices are also open on Saturday mornings between 9.00am and 11.00am,
Local currency is the Australian Dollar ($AUD)
Notes - $100,
$50, $20, $10, $5
Coins - $2, $1, 50cents, 20cents, 10cents, 5cents
ANZ, Commonwealth, National and Westpac Banks all have branches in Airlie Beach
or Cannonvale as do smaller regional banks. The are numerous automatic teller
machines on the mainland and at major resorts. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFTPOS)
facilities are available at most hotels, resorts, shops and restaurants. Mastercard,
American Express, Mastercard and Diners Club credit cards are widely accepted
in the area.
Normal Bank trading hours are Monday to Thursday 9.30 am to
4.00 pm, Friday 9.30am to 5.00 pm - normally closed on Saturdays, Sundays and
Banks will exchange foreign currency for a fee.
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Healthy in the Tropics
one of the biggest problems when you are out in the sun enjoying the tropics is
sunburn. Dependent upon your skin type you can start to burn in minutes. Always
protect your skin against sunburn by liberally applying SPF factor 30+ sunscreen
all over your body (including your feet) and wear a sun protective hat.
- High humidity, high daytime temperatures and normal activity mean you can dehydrate
very quickly in the tropics. Always carry water with you, no matter your activity.
Try to avoid soft drinks and alcohol as they promote dehydration.
- Many insects bite in the tropics. Mosquitoes carry various diseases, the most
common being dengue fever and Ross river virus. Always apply repellent (day and
night, particularly sunrise and sunset) and burn mosquito or citronella candles
near accommodation or outdoor gatherings.
Should you feel ill or not well
seek medical advice immediately.
& Cuts - because of climatic conditions, wounds and cuts can become infected
very quickly in the tropics. Always treat minor cuts immediately with a strong
antiseptic lotion available at Chemist shops locally. If the wound does not show
immediate improvement seek medical attention. Cuts received on rocks and coral
should be referred to a doctor for examination and treatment. These cuts will
infect very quickly and can result in serious illness. To protect your feet always
wear footwear in the tropics.
Bite - There are many species of snake in the tropics and although some are not
venomous, there are many potentially deadly snakes in the tropics. Always wear
covered footwear and longpants when walking in grassed areas, scub and rain forests.
Make plenty of noise to warn snakes of your presence, as most snakes will avoid
human contact if they are aware of your presence. If bitten it is best to presume
all snakes are venomous and administer the appropriate first aid. Wrap the wound
tightly, keeping as calm as possible and seek urgent medical attention through
the emergency 000 telephone number. Anti venom is available at most local hospitals
and emergency workers will assist with your immediate evacuation.
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Schools & Education in the Whitsundays
Whitsunday region prides itself with supplying a very high level of education
services and infrastructure. There are two State Primary Schools in the area,
Cannonvale State Primary and Pre-School located at Cannonvale on the mainland,
four kilometres from Main Street Airlie Beach. Proserpine State Primary and Pre-School
is located in Proserpine, approximately twenty six kilometres from Airlie Beach.
Both primary schools are serviced by a comprehensive local school bus system.
There is also a private primary and pre school located in Proserpine. There is
one State Secondary School in the area, Proserpine High School, servicing the
Whitsunday region. It too is serviced by a comprehensive school bus system.
Pre School, 56 Coral Esplanade, Cannonvale, 4946 6690
* Cannonvale Primary
School, 52 Coral Esplanade, Cannonvale, 49462333
*Proserpine Pre School, Sterry
Street, Proserpine, 4945 1553
*Proserpine Primary School, 13 Sterry Street,
Proserpine, 4945 3000
*Proserpine Special Education Unit, 4945 1918
High School, 4945 0111
*St Catherine's School, 69 Marathon Street, Proserpine,
*Whitsunday Christian College, Paluma Road Cannonvale
Education is catered for through the Cannonvale campus of the Barrier Reef College
of TAFE located on Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale. The TAFE campus is the result
of an $AUD11 million investment in further education in the Whitsundays. The TAFE
also has a campus in Bowen.
serving the area are James Cook University, Townsville and the University of Central
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here for complete information on the Bowen region
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