qualia, Hamilton Island
qualia, Hamilton Island
The Whitsundays

Explore turquoise waters and colourful marine life, stroll along the idyllic Whitehaven Beach or explore national parklands in this tropical oasis adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef. Whether you’re looking for water-drenched adventure or resort luxury, the Whitsundays are calling your name.

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Even more of this tropical region is now in holiday reach with Qantas flying direct to Proserpine Whitsunday Coast Airport from Brisbane, as well as to Hamilton Island's Great Barrier Reef Airport — and with so many activities, adventures and sights to explore by day, you’re going to want the perfect home away from home to base yourself by night. You’ve probably already heard of the four main resort islands of Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, Long Island and Daydream Island, but you can find holiday apartments, Airbnbs, full-service resorts, hotels and campsites across many more of the 42 Whitsunday Islands.

Holiday with the entire family at Daydream Island Resort, featuring a kids’ club, pools and restaurants, unlimited access to water sports and its own living reef on site where marine biologists host fish-feeding and educational tours for the entire family. For an option that’s great if you’re driving, Airlie Beach’s At Marina Shores offers free parking, an outdoor pool and rooms to sleep up to seven guests.

Enjoy landscaped gardens, restaurants and poolside relaxation at one of Hamilton Island’s offerings like the Reef View Hotel, Palm Bungalows — or Whitsunday Apartments which has self-catering facilities and rooms to sleep up to five guests.

If it’s romance or luxury you’re here for, settle into one of qualia’s 40 secluded pavilions on Hamilton Island, or add Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort to your wish list and surrender to fine dining restaurants, poolside sun lounges and a full-service spa. 

Things to do

With sea views and warm weather the norm in these parts, you don’t need any more from your holiday than a resort pool and your book, but if you’re looking for activity and adventure, you’re also in luck. With so many activities, every day can feel like an entirely new holiday in the Whitsundays. 

Sail the seas on a day tour by catamaran, luxury yacht or glass-bottomed boat, or even skipper your own vessel bareboating-style. If you're celebrating a special occasion, why not round up your nearest and dearest and treat yourself to a day on the water with a premium custom boat charterOpens external site in a new window. Visit in August to get into the sailing spirit even further with both Hamilton Island Race WeekOpens external site in a new window and Airlie Beach Race WeekOpens external site in a new window held during this month. For a bit of holiday exercise in the name of exploration, rent a kayak, snorkel or stand up paddleboard. Many resorts and hotels offer non-motorised water sports for free. 

Snorkel among the stingrays and colourful fish that frequent the waters or take advantage of the world-class scuba diving with tour options ranging from beginners’ discovery dives to multi-day liveaboards to the outer reef. 

Meet kangaroos, colourful native birds, dingoes and even have breakfast with the koalas at Hamilton Island WIldlife ParkOpens external site in a new window. If you’re lucky enough to visit between June and October, it’s whale season — walk through ancient rainforest at Conway National Park or Hill Inlet and you might even spot a passing humpback whale.

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Where to go

With 42 tropical islands and a scenic coastline stretched along the mainland, we don’t blame you for wanting to see it all. But where to start?

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Whitehaven Beach

The picturesque strip on Whitsunday Island is a popular daytrip destination and the most famous of the region’s beaches for good reason. With 7km of pristine white sand, bright blue waters and palm-trimmed lookouts, it doesn’t get more tropical than this. 

Explore the 7km Chance Bay Track through lush forest to a private bay or the 1.2km Solway Circuit winding up to views from a rock ledge overlooking the surrounding islands.

From the northern end of the beach, make the 20-minute climb to Hill Inlet Lookout and you will be rewarded with breathtaking birds eye view over swirls of sand and turquoise water. 

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Airlie Beach

Considered the gateway to the Whitsundays, Airlie Beach is a holiday favourite in its own right and the perfect launchpad for many of the Whitsunday Islands day trips, boat transfers, tours and activities. 

Here you can soak up the spectacular sunsets with sundowners by the beach and enjoy live music, casual pubs or upmarket restaurants.

Browse the shops, visit the local Saturday market, stroll along Bicentennial Walk along the water — or take a side-trip to the neighbouring Conway National Park or Cedar Creek Falls, where the falls are particularly spectacular after rain.

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Getting around

From Proserpine Whitsunday Coast Airport: Taxis, private transfers and rental cars are available from the airport terminalOpens external site in a new window. An airport shuttle serviceOpens external site in a new window departs regularly for Airlie Beach where ferries and tours depart to the Whitsunday Islands.

From Hamilton Island Great Barrier Reef AirportThe airportOpens external site in a new window on this car-free island is located in close proximity to many resorts. Transfer servicesOpens external site in a new window are available to your hotel or resort as well as a marina service for those transferring on to neighbouring islands. A free public shuttleOpens external site in a new window and on-demand minibus service are also available to get you around Hamilton Island.

Cruise WhitsundaysOpens external site in a new window operates ferries between Hamilton Island, Airlie Beach and other resort islands. Contact your chosen accommodation provider directly for advice on the best transfer option for you. 

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Disclaimer: ^ You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.

^ Members will earn 6 Qantas Points per A$1 value when booking offers at qantas.com/luxuryhotels.  Qantas Points will not be earned on cancelled or refunded bookings. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. To earn Qantas Points, quote your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number when booking. The ability to use Points Plus Pay is subject to meeting the minimum points requirement of 5,000 Qantas Points. Qantas Points cannot be split between two or more members occupying the same room. Some accommodation providers may not allow you to combine this offer with any other offer. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to redeem points for, or earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable). Qantas Points cannot be earned on Classic Hotel Rewards. A Classic Hotel Reward must be booked using Qantas Points only.

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Disclaimer:  This offer applies to Qantas operated flights for the following dates: Australian Domestic: booked between 21 May 2020 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 12 June 2020 and 28 February 2022. Trans-Tasman: booked between 15 October 2020 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 16 October 2020 and 28 February 2022. International: booked between 25 February 2021 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 1 November 2021 and 31 December 2022. If you decide to change the date of your travel, we'll waive the change fee. You'll need to change your flight before your scheduled date of departure and select a new travel date within 12 months of your original booking date. When you're ready to rebook, you'll also need to cover any fare increase for your new flight, if applicable. For all changes, your applicable Fare Rules and the Qantas Conditions of Carriage apply.

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