Airlie Beach is your gateway to the Whitsunday Archipelago, one of Australia's favorite destinations on the Great Barrier Reef. The chain is named after the largest island in the group. Stretching for 1,250 miles along the North Queensland coast, Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the most massive structure on earth created by living organisms. Formed over 10,000 years by tiny, limestone-secreting coral polyps, the Great Barrier Reef is a vast complex of more than 2,000 reefs and 71 coral islands. Its waters support a rich web of marine life that includes over 1,300 species of fish.
Uninhabited Whitsunday Island is home to beautiful Whitehaven Beach. This 5-mile-long stretch of white sand on the east side of uninhabited Whitsunday Island is truly one of the world's great sky and seascapes.
Note: Airlie Beach is an anchorage port, passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender.