Whitsunday Islands A slice of paradise, the world-famous Whitsunday Islands float between the central Queensland coast and the Great Barrier Reef. What you’ll love about the Whitsunday Islands: The Whitsundays are legendary amongst yachties, and the area has been voted one of the world’s most beautiful sailing destinations. With deserted islands for sheltered mooring, reefs to snorkel and island resorts offering every luxury and diversion, sailing the Whitsundays can be a laidback cruise or an aquatic adventure. There are 74 islands to explore - although only 8 of these are inhabited. These idyllic hilly islands dotting the sea like a tropical mirage once formed a mountain range on Australia’s mainland. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park protects the surrounding reef, and 32 islands are protected by the Whitsunday Islands National Park, including pristine Whitsunday Island.