The Whitsunday Islands a a group of 74 islands east of Airlie Beach. They were named by the British  explorer  James Cook who sailed through the main passage between the islands on Whitmonday 1770.
James 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 even bothered to correct this blatant error.

The islands were inhabited by the seafaring  Ngaro people who plied the waters in their ironbark outrigger canoes, hunting for sea turtles and small whales. 
When the European colonists and traders arrived, the locals were mostly wiped out and the surviving Ngaro were forcefully relocated and put to work as slaves.

In the 20th century the Whitsundays became a favorite holiday destination with luxurious resorts to cater for the demanding folk of Australia's big cities.
But in March 2017 the islands were right under the path of Cyclone Debbie and suffered great devastation. Several of the older resorts, like the one on South Molle Island, were destroyed and have not been rebuild.
A real must see is Whiteheaven Beach on Whitsunday Island near  Hill Inlet, one of the most beautiful places we ever encountered.
Divers and snorkelers alike will appreciate Hardy Reef, 65 km Northeast from Airlie Beach. This reef is part of the Outer Great Barrier Reef and sports lots of colorful hard coral and ample reef fish.
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South Molle
Hill Inlet
Hardy Reef