Whitsunday Islands

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Whitsunday Islands
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Location Queensland, Australia
Coordinates 20°18′S 148°56′E / 20.300°S 148.933°E / -20.300; 148.933
Total islands 74
Major islands Hamilton Island
Area 282.82 km2 (109.20 sq mi)
State Queensland
Largest settlement Hamilton Island (pop. 1350)
Population 1570 (as of 2014)
Density 5.551 /km2 (14.377 /sq mi)

The Whitsunday Islands is a collection of continental islands of various sizes off the central coast of Queensland, Australia, situated between just south of Bowen and to the north of Mackay, some 900 kilometres (560 mi) north of Brisbane. The island group is centred on Whitsunday Island, while the group's commercial centre is Hamilton Island. The traditional owners of the area are the Ngaro People and the Gia People (Birri Gubba Language Group), the Juru Clan of which has the only recognised Native Title in the Region.[1]


The term is a misnomer, based as it is on Captain Cook’s naming of what is now known as the Whitsunday Passage (in Cook’s Journal, Whitsunday’s Passage[2]) in the belief that the passage was discovered on Whitsunday, The Sunday of the feast of Whitsun or Pentecost in the Christian liturgical year, observed 7 weeks after Easter. As the International Date Line had not been established it was actually Whit-Monday.[citation needed]

Whitsunday Islands.

Contention has existed as to exactly what islands are within the informally named Whitsunday Islands, in particular as to the southern extremity and the inclusions to the west. What is certain is that they lie within the chain named Cumberland Isles by Captain Cook (now officially approved as the Cumberland Islands) and a reasonably defined section of that chain and surrounding waters have become known worldwide as The Whitsundays based on a contraction of the Whitsunday Islands designation.


The Whitsunday islands are a popular tourist destination for travellers to Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef with the area being one of the most popular yachting destinations in the Southern Hemisphere. The island received about 700,000 visitors between March 2008 and March 2009.[3]

The Ngaro Sea Trail Great Walk is a mix of seaways and short walks, crossing South Molle, Hook and Whitsunday islands.[4] The tracks across the islands are linked by seaways suited to kayaking, sailing or powerboating. Camping is available at eight camping areas on the three islands. Several islands have large resorts, offering a wide variety of accommodation and activities.


Listed below are islands of The Whitsundays, divided by group locality. Named rocks and islets can be found listed within the entry for the nearest island to that feature.

Hill inlet on Whitsunday Island.
Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island.
Hill inlet, north of Whitehaven Beach.
Panoramic view of the Whitsunday Islands.
Planton Island, 2007

Whitsunday Group[edit]

There are some 74 islands in the Whitsunday group

Lindeman Group[edit]

The Lindeman Group of islands is located at 20°27′S 149°04′E / 20.450°S 149.067°E / -20.450; 149.067. Situated within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park the Lindeman Islands are part of the greater Whitsunday Islands.

The islands in the Lindeman Group include:

Molle Group[edit]

Northern Group[edit]

  • Armit Island
  • Double Cone Island
  • Eshelby Island
  • Gloucester Island
  • Grassy Island
  • Gumbrell Island
  • Olden Island
  • Rattray Island
  • Saddleback Island

Table of islands[edit]

Island Capital Other Cities Area (km²) Population
Whitsunday Islands Hamilton Island Hayman Island, Hook Island, South Molle Island 282.82 1570
Lindeman Islands Lindeman Island 30.34 10
Baynham Island 0.074 0
Comston Island 0.236 0
Gaibirra Island 0.323 0
Keyser Island 0.577 0
Lindeman Island Lindeman Island 6.789 10
Little Lindeman Island 0.49 0
Maher Island Jesus Point 0.94 0
Mansell Island 1.177 0
Other Long Island Ann Island, Cole Island 0.222 0
Pentecost Island 1.25 0
Seaforth Island North Beach 0.265 0
Shaw Island Neck Bay Burning Point 15.62 0
Thomas Island Thomas Bay Dead Dog Point 2.23 0
Triangle Island 0.115 0
Volskow Island 0.032 0
Molle Islands South Molle Island Daydream Island, Happy Bay, Palm Bay, Paradise Bay 20.17 150
Daydream Island Daydream Island Sunset Beach, Coral Beach, Mermaids Beach, Lovers Beach 0.23 30
Denman Island 0.095 0
Goat Island 0.047 0
Long Island Happy Bay Base Point, Pelican Beach, Spit Point, Paradise Bay, Fire Point, Peppers Palm Bay, Sandy Bay 10.6 80
Mid Molle Island 0.13 0
North Molle Island 2.643 0
Other Shute Island Gunn Island, Tancerd Island, Repair Island 0.588 0
Pine Island 1.063 0
Planton Island 0.114 0
South Molle Island Bauer Bay 4.66 40
Northern Group Stone Island Gloucester Island, Grassy Island 33.56 1
Armit Island 1.05 0
Double Cone Island 0.4 0
Eshelby Island 0.13 0
Gloucester Island 26.8 0
Grassy Island 1.29 0
Gumbrell Island 0.47 0
Middle Island 0.43 0
Olden Island 0.43 0
Other Manta Ray Island 0.32 0
Poole Island 0.19 0
Rattray Island 0.23 0
Saddleback Island 0.58 0
Stone Island 1.24 1
Other 0 0
The Whitsunday Group Hamilton Island Hayman Island, Hook Island, Titan Island 198.75 1409
Bird Island 0.017 0
Black Island 0.05 0
Border Island Cateran Bay 3.066 0
Cid Island Bench Point Gilling Point 2.95 0
Cowrie Island 0.024 0
Deloraine Island 0.172 0
Dent Island (Queensland) 4.13 2
Dumbell Island 0.141 0
Dungarra Island 0.094 0
Esk Island 0.1 0
Fitzalan Island 0.054 0
Hamilton Island Hamilton Island Crab Bay, South Head, Driftwood Bay, Coral Cove, escape Beach, Broken Point, Sunrise Bay, Hideaway Bay, Catseye Bay, Pebble Beach, Airport Beach 7.98 1350
Harold Island 0.345 0
Haslewood Island 7.941 0
Hayman Island Royal Hayman Dolphin Point, Tower Point, Rescue beach, Groper Point, Arkhurst Point, Blue Pearl Bay 3.78 50
Henning Island 0.496 0
Hook Island 54.87 5
Ireby Island 0.046 0
Langford Island 0.093 0
Lupton Island 1.05 0
Nicolson Island 0.163 0
Other 0.904 0
Perseverance Island 0.342 0
Teague Island 0.558 0
Titan Island 0.011 2
Whitsunday Island 109 0
Wirrainbeia Island 0.04 0
Workington Island 0.333 0
Whitsunday Islands Hamilton Island Hayman Island, Hook Island, South Molle Island 282.82 1570

See also[edit]


  1. ^ * Prior on behalf of the Juru (Cape Upstart) People v State of Queensland (No 2) [2011] FCA 819 (26 July 2011) (17/12/2011)]
  2. ^ http://southseas.nla.gov.au/journals/cook/17700604.html
  3. ^ Andrew Bain (21 November 2009). "The alternative Whitsunday". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Digital. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail". Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing. 25 March 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 

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