The Whitsundays | Things to do

You’ll be captivated by these 74 picture-perfect islands, home the iconic Whitehaven Beach, and the impossibly perfect Heart Reef.

Sail the Whitsundays

Be the captain of your own bareboat on a sailing adventure or let someone else do the work with a fully crewed charter. Take a day cruise through the islands or drop anchor in a secluded bay and spend the night on the boat. Rub shoulders with the yachties at the annual Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing and Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Show me more Whitsunday events

Islands

Check into a luxury resort or family-friendly apartment on busy Hamilton Island or kayak around the Ngaro Sea Trail and stop off to camp on uninhabited Henning or Hook islands. Zip around the islands by jet boat with Ocean Rafting and swim at stunning Hill Inlet on Whitsunday Island.


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Great Barrier Reef

The Whitsundays sit in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, so you can snorkel straight from the beach on Hook and Dumbbell islands. Get your scuba-diving certificate in Hamilton Island’s Dolphin Pool or stay dry and see the reef from a glass-bottom boat. Treat yourself to a scenic flight over the magical Heart Reef, a perfectly shaped outcrop on Hardy Reef.

Beaches

It’s consistently named as one of the best beaches in the world, and no visit to the Whitsundays is complete without burying your toes in the powdery sands of Whitehaven Beach. Don’t miss the eight beaches around Bowen, where you can walk right from the sand on to the reef. 

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Lions Airlie Beach Community Markets

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 29 February 2020
The Lions Airlie Beach Community Markets are located on the foreshore of Airlie Beach, every Saturday morning. Complete with local produce, art, craft and all locally made souvenirs, it is a great place to spend some time, have a coffee or purchase a unique gift.

Bowen parkrun

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 29 February 2020
Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed five kilometre run or walk, which takes place every Saturday at 7am sharp at Barker Park on Horseshoe Bay Road, Bowen. Participating is easy, however you must register before the event on the Parkrun website to get your time.

Airlie Beach parkrun

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 29 February 2020
Volunteer, walk, jog or run five kilometres every Saturday. Register on line once, print your bar code, then turn up and take part wherever you want, whenever you want.

Bowen Markets

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 1 March 2020
Bowen Markets are held every Sunday from 8am to 12pm at Hansen Park. Features over 50 stallholders showcasing fresh food cooked on site plus tea and coffee, fresh fruit and vegetables, local and Balinese clothing and artifacts, fishing gear, toys and kids stuff, plants and jewellery just to name a few.

Airlie Beach March 2020 - Ideal Bride Wedding Expo

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$1 - 2
15 March 2020
Ideal Bride will be hosting this must do event back at the beautiful The Palm House – BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort. With free parking for plenty of bride and grooms-to-be and catering for all their wonderful local Airlie Beach and Surrounding Area Wedding professionals this looks set to be a winner!

St Paddy's Day at Northerlies

Woodwark, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
17 March 2020
Come along and celebrate St Patrick's Day at Northerlies. There will be fresh Nitro Guinness on Tap, Irish Munchie specials and live music with Airlie Beach's own Irishman Ash Smith.

The Ultimate bee Gees Show live at "The Pub"

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
21 March 2020
You asked for the BEE GEES we give you THE ULTIMATE BEE GEES SHOW live at “The Pub” on Saturday 21st March for an afternoon session 2-5pm. This amazing trio of singers has presented the music of The Gibb Brothers all over the world impressing audiences where ever they have appeared.

Creedence and Friends

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
22 March 2020
Who loves Creedence Clearwater Revival? Australia’s number 1 tribute show to the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty "Live" at The Pub Sunday March 22. Come on a musical adventure through the sights and sounds of Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty.

Car Draw Party featuring The Rush Hour Band

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
27 March 2020
It's time to draw a winner to see who has one the car. They decided to have a party for this monumental event. From 7pm to 10pm The Rush Hour Band will give you a dynamic performance with a great song list including some of your favourite 1 Hit Wonders plus the best of the 70's, 80's and 90's to Current Top 40.

Hamilton Island Endurance Series – Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$80 - 110
3 May 2020
Pristine white beaches. Crystal clear waters. A breathtaking mountainous interior. Hamilton Island is best known as a place to relax. But it is also the perfect place to push yourself in paradise. The Hamilton Island Endurance Series spans four endurance events from May through to November each year.
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