Where Is the Whitsundays Located?



Wondering where is Whitsundays – one of Australia's most iconic holiday destinations – is located?


While the Whitsunday Islands region is world-famous for its pristine beaches, turquoise waters and unparalleled yacht chartering experiences, few people actually know where the Whitsundays are located.


The Whitsundays is an island region located on Northern Queensland's coastline, located in the Coral Sea. Approximately 600km south of Cairns and 1100 kilometres north of the capital city, Brisbane, sits the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, Airlie Beach. From Airlie Beach, the Whitsundays is just a hop, skip and a jump away.



The Whitsundays is made up of 74 islands located in the heart of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Sidling the tropical coastline of Queensland, the northernmost of the islands are situated off the coast by Bowen's town, while the southernmost islands are off the coast near Proserpine.


So, where is Whitsunday’s region? The Whitsunday region in Australia is perched on Queensland's east coast, south of Cairns and north of Brisbane. Located above the Tropic of Capricorn, the Whitsundays sits at 20.3441 degrees south, 148.1893 degrees east.


If you’re wondering where is the Whitsunday islands, you’re likely considering how to get there. The Whitsundays are accessible from Airlie Beach, the mainland gateway to both the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday region. Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays is accessible by plane, car, boat and even train (on the mainland)! Want to explore The Whitsundays via a private sailing cruise? Check out our private charter and overnight charter adventure options!