Locality Guide

Locality Guide


Location Description

As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the magnificent 74 Whitsunday Islands, the Whitsunday region
has one of the fastest growing populations in Queensland. Boasting a strong and diverse economy driven by
the agriculture, construction, mining and tourism industries; the Whitsunday region has the potential to become the economic powerhouse of North Queensland.

The Whitsunday region encompasses a total land area of 23,862 square kilometres and includes the major townships of Airlie Beach, Bowen, Cannonvale, Collinsville and Proserpine, with numerous rural and coastal communities and residential areas scattered throughout the area.

Attractions

Peter Faust Dam

Just 30 minutes from Proserpine is Peter Faust Dam, also known as Lake Proserpine. An ideal spot for watersports and freshwater fishing. Peter Faust Dam is renowned as home to more 1m plus barramundi than any other impoundment in Australia! A combination of tropical climate with long summers and mild winters, the dam has no closed barra season so can be fished all year round and is annually restocked with over 20,000 barramundi fingerlings.

74 Whitsunday Islands

In the tropical waters of the Coral Sea lies the Great Barrier Reef and the magnificent 74 Islands. The Whitsundays is world-famous for its clear aqua waters and iconic landscapes including Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, and the perfectly shaped natural formation of Heart Reef.

Swim, snorkel and scuba dive with thousands of brightly coloured fish and the diverse corals of the Great Barrier Reef. See the local wildlife it its natural habitat and witness diverse marine life including humpback whales, dolphins, turtles and dugongs.

Cedar Creek Falls

Set in a natural rock amphitheatre, you will enjoy spectacular waterfalls in the wet season and abundant flora and fauna including majestic white cedar trees, Alexandra Palms, wild orchids, colourful butterflies and many beautiful birds.

Conway National Park

Conway National Park is a peaceful coastal park with rainforest-clad hills, secluded beaches and panoramic outlooks over the scenic Whitsunday area. Hoop pines grow on coastal ridges and in damp gullies, emerging above the rainforest canopy. Rugged, steep, rocky cliffs provide a spectacular 35 kilometre-long backdrop to the Whitsunday Passage and islands.

Airlie Beach Lagoon

Situated right in the centre of Airlie Beach and has become the focal point of the area. When you want to meet someone you meet "at the Lagoon". If you want a great day of relaxation with no admission fee, "spend a day at the Lagoon". The Airlie Beach Lagoon was officially opened by the Premier of Queensland on 8 January 2001.
 

Facilities

Shopping can be done locally at the Whitsunday Shopping Centre or Whitsunday Plaza or at the speciality shops scattered throughout the region.

There is a real vibe of restaurant and cafe culture throughout the area. From Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation in Proserpine to the newest restaurant Hemmingways at Abell Point Marina or take your furry friend for breakfast at the Fat Frog Cafe at Cannonvale Beach.

For a complete list of what is happening in the area head to: http://www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au/whats-on

Transport

Whitsunday Transit provide buses on the mainland, while Cruise Whitsunday will get you to and from the islands. Once you arrive the Whitsundays, there are plenty of ways to get around, including car, bus, taxi, limousine and ferry. All island resorts are connected to the mainland via daily ferry services. Air transfers by helicopter, seaplane or light aircraft are also available.

Community

The nearest hospitals are:

Proserpine Hospital
07 4813 9400

Mackay Hospital
07 4885 6000

Schools

Cannonvale State School
07 4946 6690

Whitsunday Christian College
07 4948 5100

St Catherines College
07 4945 1081

Proserpine State High School
07 4945 0111

Sports

The Whitsundays are well serviced by sporting facilities and events:

Whitsunday Brahmans - Rugby League
Whitsunday Raiders - Rugby Union
Cannon Valley Pony Club - Horse Riding
Proserpine Pony Club - Horse Riding
Whitsunday Sea Eagles - AFL
Whitsunday Football Club - Soccer
Cannonvale Cannons - Swimming
Whitsunday Sailing Club - Sailing
Whitsunday Park Run - Social Running
Whitsunday Outriggers - Outrigging
Whitsunday Fury - Netball
Whitsunday Martial Arts - Martial Arts

For more sporting events and teams see the Whitsunday Times for sign on days and games.