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Whitsunday's and Great Barrier Reef June 2010

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The Whitsunday's are a group of 74 islands and are boarded by the Great Barrier Reef,
in Queensland Australia. 
They are 900 kilometres (560 miles) north of Brisbane

The island’s name comes from the journals of Captain James Cook who sailed through the area on 04 June 1770. He christened the largest island in honour of the date he arrived, Whit Sunday, the seventh Sunday after Easter. (The name stuck even after it was discovered that a date error meant it was actually Monday when Cook’s ship, the Endeavour, arrived.)

The Islands were formed by volcanic action and after the ice age when the sea level raised it left coastal peaks as islands.
Many islands are uninhabited, and out of the 74 only 8 have resorts.

Hamilton Island is the most well-known and has an airport  located on it.

Airlie Beach is on the mainland and the islands are easily accessible from here.
Airlie Beach has many restaurants and hotels, a beach and the Airlie lagoon, it also has an early morning market on Saturday.

The Whitsunday Tourism Web site gives further information.



Summer Min Temp. average 23.50 C Max Temp. average 32.20 C
Winter Min Temp. average 11.50 C Max Temp. average 22.60 C

Coral Sea Resort ( images below ) on Airlie Beach,the staff are very welcoming, with a great restaurant on the waters edge.

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A scenic flight of the Barrier Reef is great to see the Heart Reef and White Haven Beach both amazing and well worth seeing from above.

Air Whitsunday operate senic flights throughout the day.

The Heart Reef is an extremely popular icon amongst local and international travelers.
To really make the most of this romantic piece of Australian landscape Air Whitsunday suggest a scenic flight atop the Heart Reef whilst also taking in the surrounding beauty of Hardy Lagoon (the most photographed reef of the Great Barrier Reef), Hook Reef,
the River (aptly named for its deep blue channel) and Bait Reef.
Follow this up with a flight around the pure white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach, it is truly amazing to view the long stretch of beach from above.

.Fact: It was an Air Whitsunday pilot who first saw the Heart Reef in 1975.
The Heart Reef is in fact one of many coral bommies that make up the Great Barrier Reef and is only 17 metres in diameter. It can only be seen aerially as from sea level it is just like any of the other bommies that neighbour it.

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