Hamilton Island and the other 73 Whitsunday islands were originally connected to the mainland, but following the last ice age, the sea rose, resulting in our beautiful islands.

In honour of World Environment Day, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the glorious natural assets and environmental diversity the Whitsundays offers.

The Whitsundays comprise 70% national park, 66 islands are uninhabited and one third of Hamilton Island is developed with resorts, restaurants and entertainment. Despite its popularity the Whitsundays remains a beautiful example of Australia’s natural beauty. The average temperature is a balmy 26 degrees and provides the perfect climate for a range of wildlife.

The Great Barrier Reef, for example, is home to 1,500 species of fish, around 13,000 dugongs and over 30 species of whales and dolphins.

The area also includes some spectacular natural sights, including the heart shaped reef and Whitehaven Beach’s incredible white, fine sand. 

The list of things to see and do is endless, but one thing is for sure: make sure you charge your camera, because the photo opportunities are like no others.