The Whitsunday Islands a a group of 74 islands and islets east of Airlie Beach. They were named by James Cook who,
on Whitmonday 1770 sailed through the main passage between the islands. Captain Cook used nautical dates and did
not correct for passing the international date line, so according to his log the discovery took place on Whitsunday. Sofar nobody
has bothered to correct the good captain's mistake.
The islands were inhabited by the seafaring Ngaro people who were later whiped
out by the European colonists and traders. The last surviving Ngaro were relocated in 1870 and put to work as slaves.
the Whitsundays are a summer time favourite for boaters, divers and bathers.
A must see is Whiteheaven Beach on Whitsunday Island near
the Hill Inlet, one of the most beautyful places on earth.
Divers will appreciate Hardy Reef, 65 km from Airlie Beach. The
reef sports permanently moored pontoons and even a hotel.
We visited the Whitsundays in July 1999 and returned for
more in October 2004.