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A Family Guide to the Whitsundays

6th August 2013

Located in the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, it’s no secret that Australia’s famed Whitsunday Islands are home to pristine natural surrounds. However, it may be a surprise to learn just how family friendly these islands truly are. From kids stay and eat free programs to specially designed kids clubs, the beautiful Whitsunday Islands are perfect for your next family holiday adventure.

We’ve put the spotlight on five top holiday spots in the Whitsundays to find out what’s on offer for families.

Daydream Island Daydream Island

Daydream Island
This idyllic island in the heart of the Whitsundays is home to just one giant resort. Daydream Island Resort has many free activities for everyone to enjoy, including kayaks, catamarans, swimming pool, beach volleyball and even an eighteen hole mini golf course. There’s also a fantastic supervised kid’s club available with activities like treasure hunts, art and crafts and bird feeding. On the island you’ll find Living Reef, a fascinating outdoor aquarium, home to eighty different types of sea life. Kids have the chance to see and even handfeed resident stingrays, sharks and barramundi. The beautiful beaches of the island are perfect for waters sports like parasailing, jet skiing or sail boarding or hop onboard a glass bottom boat for a spot of fishing.

Hamilton Island
The most populated island in the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island offers a wide selection of resorts, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Families can enjoy many water based activities on the island including tube riding, parasailing or adrenaline pumping speed boat rides. Away from the water, there’s still plenty of fun to be had - take the kids to the local bowling alley or to the aquatic driving range. Have a round of golf at the Hamilton Island Golf Club or go quad biking or go karting. Tour around the island in your golf buggy and make the most of the picturesque scenery with a picnic at one of the many lookouts. There are also plenty of walking tracks on the island which offer spectacular views. Hamilton Island has a kids stay and eat free program, so double check if your chosen resort or restaurant are participating in the offer.

Long Island
Long Island consists mainly of national park and beautiful beaches. A peaceful paradise, the island is perfect for a relaxing beach getaway where the whole family can enjoy the great outdoors. The Long Island Resort provides fantastic family friendly accommodation right on the golden shores of the island’s beach. With over 20 kilometres of walking tracks and hiking trails, you can spend a day exploring the intricacies of this magnificent island. Kids will enjoy the supervised kids club with exciting activities like face painting, fish and bird feeding and treasure hunts. Spend time in the large swimming pool, enjoy a putt of mini golf or play a game of tennis. Take a cruise from Long Island to Whitehaven Beach to see its famous stark white silica sand and crystal clear water.

Hayman Island
Considered one of the most secluded islands in the Whitsundays, Hayman Island is also family friendly. The luxurious Hayman Island Resort is the only accommodation on the entire island. Famed for its immaculate beauty, Hayman Island boasts spectacular beaches and lush tropical rainforests. Considered a world class fishing destination, this island is the perfect opportunity to take the kids on a successful fishing adventure. Enjoy a snorkelling or diving tour where you can see an abundance of underwater life including colourful coral, exotic fish and sea turtles. Relax and unwind by the large lagoon swimming pool or enjoy a spot of tennis, basketball or squash. The Hayman Island Resort also offers a supervised kids club where young ones can enjoy scavenger hunts, speedboat rides and arts and craft workshops.

Airlie Beach
Situated on the mainland, Airlie Beach is another great destination for families. As the perfect gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, Airlie Beach allows families to have easy access to many local attractions. Day trips and tours provide the opportunity to see the best of one or many of the Whitsunday Islands. Spend a day exploring Whitsunday Island, where you can see the stunning Hill Inlet or the beautiful Whitehaven Beach. Another unique way to explore this natural wonder is by a scenic flight. There are many family friendly resorts in Airlie Beach to choose from, close to the popular Airlie Beach Lagoon.