Whitsunday Islands National Park
|Whitsunday Islands National Park|
Whitehaven beach on Whitsunday Island
|Area||170 km2 (65.6 sq mi)|
|Managing authorities||Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service|
|Website||Whitsunday Islands National Park|
|See also||Protected areas of Queensland|
The Whitsunday Islands lie midway along Australia's Queensland coast and are bordered by the Great Barrier Reef and the waters of the Coral Sea. Migrating humpback whales favour the waters around the Whitsunday Islands as a calving ground between May and September each year. Marine stingers are found in the waters of the islands between October and May.
The region spans from the beaches of Bowen in the north and Laguna Whitsundays in the south. All 74 of the islands are surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef and only eight of them are inhabited.
- "About Whitsunday Islands". Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
- Explore Queensland's National Parks. Prahran, Victoria: Explore Australia Publishing. 2008. p. 19. ISBN 978-1-74117-245-4.
- Short, Andrew D.; Brad Farmer (2012). 101 Best Australian Beaches. NewSouth. p. 208. ISBN 1742245994. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
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