The Whitsunday Islands are one of Australia’s most popular vacation destinations, with visitors flocking yearly from all around the world.
Due to the near-perfect year round climate, the Whitsundays region is an ideal place any season.
History of the Whitsundays
The Whitsunday Islands were originally discovered a little over 200 years ago, named by English explore Captain Cook as he sailed down the Australian Eastern Coast.
As the day was Whitsunday, the Sunday feast of Whitsun, or Pentecost, observed 7 weeks after Easter.
The Whitsunday Islands were only informally named, and are actually part of the Cumberland Islands, with the main popular tourist area of the area known world-wide as the Whitsundays.
The Whitsunday Islands all have their own story to tell, but one of the most significant islands, Hamilton Island, has an interesting history from its origins as a prime sheep grazing area in the 1920’s until being purchased in 1975 by Keith Williams and Bryan Byrt. Their original intention was to use the island as a breeding program for deer, and to this day you’ll still often see deer roaming the tropical island and even the resort sometimes in the night.
A few years later the approval to develop the island came about, with a 75 year lease made available for construction of Hamilton Island as a vacation spot in 1982.
These days more than a million visitors flock to the Whitsundays every year to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef, known for it’s great snorkelling and sailing, with a number of the islands providing both budget and luxury holiday accommodation, making it an affordable island holiday destination for many Australian residents, with flights available direct from most capital cities throughout Australia.
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