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On the 4th June 1770, Captain James Cook discovered an amazing chain of Islands while sailing up the east coast of Australia and was immediately captured by the beauty of the surroundings.

Records indicate his discovery was made on Sunday, the day of Pentecost, and thus he named the area ‘the Whitsunday Passage’; Whit Sunday means, ‘Pentecost’.

Today the beauty of the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef draw tens of thousands of visitors to Airlie Beach to enjoy the beauty of tropical Queensland.

As YWAM pioneered the base in the Whitsundays, God stressed the importance of the name of the region. Leaders felt the prophetic proclamation of what God wanted the Whitsundays to be, was a place where people could have radical encounters with the Holy Spirit which would change the world.

Different leaders believed that God wanted the Whitsundays to be a place where people have radical encounters with the Holy Spirit to go on and change the world.


In April 2008, YWAM Whitsunday began moving into Airlie Beach. The team began to build relationships within the community and spent the first months in prayer, seeking what God’s word was for future ministries in the Whitsundays. They served the local Christian school and church, leading biblical studies and worship, running a home group and volunteering at youth programs.

In 2009, YWAM Whitsunday ran its first Discipleship Training School, focused on developing an intimate relationship with God and educating students about the nations that need to be reached with the Gospel.


YWAM Whitsunday’s goal is to see the unreached nations open their hearts to Jesus. As a base they have ‘adopted’ just over 10 of the world’s most unreached nations, most of them where Bibles are rare and the Gospel isn’t being preached.

As a base we are committed to praying for these nations and ministering there.

YWAM Whitsunday sends short term teams to work with the local believers and missionaries, serving them in whatever ways they can. As people become more aware of the very real need in these nations, YWAM Whitsunday is ready to equip those who will follow God’s call to spread the Gospel and release more long-term workers in these areas.

During YWAM’s 50 Year Jubilee celebration in 2010, God challenged the base with Loren Cunningham’s desire to see the Bible in the hands of every person. Driven to help fulfil this desire, YWAM began to raise funds for Bibles to be printed in Central Asian languages. Outreach teams focused on praying though the streets of these nations, preparing for the Word to be received with open arms. The vision for the Central Asian Bible outreach is to see the Bible printed in several commonly spoken languages and then distributed.

YWAM Whitsunday also has a vision for the Bible to be spread in our local community. In 2011, after praying through every street in Airlie Beach several times, the area was being prepared and was opening up to God’s word. After a move of God prayers were being answered and YWAM Whitsunday was given 4,200 Bibles to distribute throughout Airlie Beach and the surrounding communities. The goal is to see a Bible in every home in Airlie

Beach, Cannonvale and Jubilee Pocket by the end of 2012.


God spoke to YWAM of the importance of the local church so, during the year, our base focuses several of our outreaches on reaching the local community.

These ministries include reaching out to the backpackers through ministries like the Chai Tent; a free event where people can relax, enjoy good music and a cup of chai tea. Bibles are distributed to tourists and locals alike. Following God’s command to help build the local church, YWAM Whitsunday has also been a part of teaching and encouraging the local churches.

Personal Testimony

“I grew up in a Christian family so I always knew God existed, but I never had a relationship with Him.

Aged 15, I got caught up in the way of my non-Christian peers and decided to choose my own path for my life. Obviously God had different plans!

When I was 17, my brother convinced me to join YWAM and YWAM Whitsunday was the place God chose for me. During my time on DTS, God revealed to me who He really was. He got me excited about sharing the Father’s love with everyone and gave me such a heart for the area. After completing my DTS, I came back to join the staff team and I am really looking forward to seeing what God has in store for me here!”

If you are inspired to come and join us in our goal to take the message of Jesus to the unreached nations, contact us today.