Whitsunday Islands

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Whitsunday Islands
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Geography
LocationQueensland, Australia
Coordinates20°18′S 148°56′E / 20.300°S 148.933°E / -20.300; 148.933
Total islands74
Major islandsHamilton Island
Area282.82 km2 (109.20 sq mi)
Country
Australia
StateQueensland
Demographics
Population1570 (as of 2014)
Density5.55 /km2 (14.37 /sq mi)
 
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Whitsunday Islands
Whitsunday group Australia en.svg
Aus - Whitsunday Islands.PNG
Geography
LocationQueensland, Australia
Coordinates20°18′S 148°56′E / 20.300°S 148.933°E / -20.300; 148.933
Total islands74
Major islandsHamilton Island
Area282.82 km2 (109.20 sq mi)
Country
Australia
StateQueensland
Demographics
Population1570 (as of 2014)
Density5.55 /km2 (14.37 /sq mi)

The Whitsunday Islands are 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]

Naming[edit]

The term is a mis-nomer, 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) 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 world-wide as The Whitsundays based on a contraction of the Whitsunday Islands designation.

Tourism[edit]

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.[2]

The Ngaro Sea Trail Great Walk is a mix of seaways and short walks, crossing South Molle, Hook and Whitsunday islands.[3] 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.

Components[edit]

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.

The 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:

The Molle Group[edit]

Northern Group[edit]

Table of Islands[edit]

IslandCapitalOther CitiesArea (km²)Population
Whitsunday IslandsHamilton IslandHayman Island, Hook Island, South Molle Island282.821570
Lindeman IslandsLindeman IslandShaw Island, Thomas Island, Seaforth Island30.3410
Baynham Island0.0740
Comston Island0.2360
Gaibirra Island0.3230
Keyser Island0.5770
Lindeman IslandLindeman IslandPlantation Beach, Gap Beach, Thora Point, Boat Port, Coconut Beach6.78910
Little Lindeman Island0.490
Maher IslandJesus Point0.940
Mansell Island1.1770
OtherLong IslandAnn Island, Cole Island0.2220
Pentecost Island1.250
Seaforth IslandNorth Beach0.2650
Shaw IslandNeck BayBurning Point15.620
Thomas IslandThomas BayDead Dog Point2.230
Triangle Island0.1150
Volskow Island0.0320
Molle IslandsSouth Molle IslandDaydream Island, Happy Bay, Palm Bay, Paradise Bay20.17150
Daydream IslandDaydream IslandSunset Beach, Coral Beach, Mermaids Beach, Lovers Beach0.2330
Denman Island0.0950
Goat Island0.0470
Long IslandHappy BayBase Point, Pelican Beach, Spit Point, Paradise Bay, Fire Point, Peppers Palm Bay, Sandy Bay10.680
Mid Molle Island0.130
North Molle IslandSouth BayHannah Point2.6430
OtherShute IslandGunn Island, Tancerd Island, Repair Island0.5880
Pine Island1.0630
Planton Island0.1140
South Molle IslandBauer BaySandy Bay, Paddle Bay, Deedes Point, Oyster Bay, Turtel Bay, Pine Bay, Woddy Bay, Roma Point, Ker Point4.6640
Northern GroupStone IslandGloucester Island, Grassy Island33.561
Armit Island1.050
Double Cone Island0.40
Eshelby Island0.130
Gloucester IslandBona BayEast Side Bay, Bluff Point26.80
Grassy Island1.290
Gumbrell Island0.470
Middle Island0.430
Olden Island0.430
OtherManta Ray Island0.320
Poole IslandPoole Island Mansion0.190
Rattray Island0.230
Saddleback Island0.580
Stone IslandYumbabulloShoalwater Bay, McCanes Bay1.241
Other00
The Whitsunday GroupHamilton IslandHayman Island, Hook Island, Titan Island198.751409
Bird Island0.0170
Black Island0.050
Border IslandCateran Bay3.0660
Cid IslandBench PointGilling Point2.950
Cowrie Island0.0240
Deloraine Island0.1720
Dent Island (Queensland)Golf Club Caretaker's MansionDent Island Light, North east Point4.132
Dumbell Island0.1410
Dungarra Island0.0940
Esk Island0.10
Fitzalan Island0.0540
Hamilton IslandHamilton IslandCrab Bay, South Head, Driftwood Bay, Coral Cove, escape Beach, Broken Point, Sunrise Bay, Hideaway Bay, Catseye Bay, Pebble Beach, Airport Beach7.981350
Harold Island0.3450
Haslewood IslandChalkies BeachPallion Point, Windy Bay, White Bay7.9410
Hayman IslandRoyal HaymanDolphin Point, Tower Point, Rescue beach, Groper Point, Arkhurst Point, Blue Pearl Bay3.7850
Henning IslandNorthern Spirit0.4960
Hook IslandHook Island Wilderness ResortBaird Point, Stonehaven beach, Anchor Point, Butterfly Bay, Maureen’s Cove, Chinglie Beach, Pinnacle Point, Mackeral Bay, Crayfish Beach, Saba Bay, Macona Bay, Curlew Beach, Steens Beach, Nara Inlet54.875
Ireby Island0.0460
Langford Island0.0930
Lupton Island1.050
Nicolson Island0.1630
Other0.9040
Perseverance Island0.3420
Teague Island0.5580
Titan IslandTitan Island0.0112
Whitsunday IslandWhitehaven BeachChance Bay, Turtle Bay, Joe’s Beach, Nari’s Beach, Sawmill Beach, Dugong Beach, Cairn Beach, Peter Bay, Tongue Bay, Mezei Beach, Nicholas Beach1090
Wirrainbeia Island0.040
Workington Island0.3330
Whitsunday IslandsHamilton IslandHayman Island, Hook Island, South Molle Island282.821570

Gallery[edit]

Panoramic view of the Whitsunday Islands.

See also[edit]

References[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. ^ Andrew Bain (21 November 2009). "The alternative Whitsunday". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Digital. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail". Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing. 25 March 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 

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