National Parks


QLD Mackay - Whitsunday Islands National Park

Hilly islands dotting the aquamarine waters of the scenic Whitsunday Passage are protected in Whitsunday Islands National Park. The Whitsunday group of continental islands formed when changing sea levels drowned a mountain range. Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island is world-renowned for its pure, white, silica sands and crystal-clear waters.

The Whitsunday reefs have outstanding coral cover and variety. From May to September the Whitsundays are an important calving ground for migrating humpback whales. The islands and surrounding waters are part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and are protected.

The Ngaro people, one of the earliest recorded Aboriginal groups in Australia, were seen by Cook while exploring the Whitsunday Passage. The “Island People” lived throughout the island chain known as the Whitsundays and the nearby mainland for hundreds of years. Rock art and middens at Nara Inlet (Hook Island) provide a record of their special way of life


The Whitsunday Island group is readily accessible from Airlie Beach or Shute Harbour by private boat or commercial tours

Further Information

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
PO Box 15187
City East Q 4002

13 QGOV (13 74 68)