The Whitsundays region is one of the most visited and popular places for tourists in Australia.
What makes this place so unique is it’s beautiful natural outlook, overlooking crystal clear waters, beautiful white sandy beaches, lush green tropical fauna, and of course the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world.
And while many visitors come here year round for the perfect climate and weather than the Whitsundays produces at any given month, Easter is particularly a popular time to visit, especially for those that are religious.
Few people really know the origins of the Whitsundays name and it’s connection with Christianity.
The word ‘WhitSunday’ is derived from the middle English word whitsonday, (White Sunday), aptly named from the white ceremonial robes worn on this day.
As many Christians know, the Whitsunday is the seventh day after Easter and commemorates the emanation of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), so many christenings are performed on this day around the world, and have been for over 1000 years, and in this time White Robes were worn for the christenings.
The Whitsunday islands were originally named the Cumberland Islands, however Captain Cook named the Whitsunday Passage as he sailed through on this particular day, WhitSunday, and over time the name has extended to the region of Islands as well, now commonly known as the Whitsunday Islands, which includes the popular holiday destinations including Hamilton Island, Long Island, Hayman Island, daydream Island, South Molle Island and more.
There are 74 commonly identified islands in the Whitsunday group, however there are approximately 96 in total.
The Whitsundays Region now attracts more than 630,000 visitors annually to this beautiful region.
So if you are planning an easter break this year, why not stay in the place that was named after the Easter festivities!
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