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The Whitsundays boasts a diverse range of tropical island resorts and hotels as well as the coastal resort village of Airlie Beach. Relax, swim and enjoy the breathtaking ocean views or take advantage of the myriad of activities and tours the Whitsundays has to offer on land, sea and in the air. The sheltered warm waters of the Whitsundays make boating of all kinds irresistible, sail yourself around the calm waters of the Whitsundays or choose a crewed charter and be pampered.

The Whitsunday Coast and Islands are a very special part of Australia. Centrally located on the Queensland Coast 150km north of Mackay and 300km south of Townsville yet right in the heart of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Flights depart most cities daily with direct access to Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays or Whitsunday Coast Airport 45 minutes from Airlie Beach.

There are numerous ways to explore the wonders of the Whitsunday Islands and a sailing holiday is perhaps one of the most relaxing. You can choose from a wide variety of Whitsunday bareboats including sailing yachts, motor cruisers or catamarans.

The calm waters and secluded island coves of the Whitsunday Islands creates the perfect environment for a boating holiday on the Great Barrier Reef. Drop anchor in a secluded island cove, explore beautiful beaches or visit a Whitsunday island resort.

The Whitsunday Islands are thought to be one of Queensland’s top travel destinations. International and national travellers alike visit the islands, which enjoy fantastic weather all year round, the Great Barrier Reef on their doorstep and the mainland beaches just minutes away. Hence, the main source of island work is generated largely by the tourism and hospitality sector.

Travellers looking for work on the islands will find that wait persons, cleaners, chefs, dive instructors, kitchen staff, sailing hosts, lifeguards and tour operators are always in demand. Although holding a hospitality operations or retail certificate helps, there are a number of specific island jobs that don’t need qualifications.

On the mainland, employment opportunities are more readily available, with accommodation establishments, cafes and restaurants providing around 20% of the local job positions for the region's employed workforce. This is closely followed by retail outlets that offer around 13% employment and the sugar cane industry. Employment rates on the Whitsunday mainland are high, and there is a good chance that travellers holding a current working holiday visa or valid tax file number will either find full-time, part-time or casual work quite easily.

Whether planning to work amongst the Whitsundays’ resort islands or on the mainland, there are plenty of working opportunities available for those with the will and enthusiasm to work amid paradise.

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