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 7 December 2019
The Airlie Beach Saturday 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 7 December 2019
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.

Saturday Sessions with live music at The Garden Bar Bistro

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 7 December 2019
Come on down to The Garden Bar Bistro every Saturday to enjoy their Saturday Sessions with live music from Total Entertainment! Enjoy the views, share the specials, and soak up the Whitsundays winter sunshine!

Airlie Beach Parkrun

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 7 December 2019
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 8 December 2019
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.

Sunday Sessions at "The Pub"

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 8 December 2019
Sundays just got a whole lot better at "The Pub!" Free live entertainment for the whole family from 2pm to 6pm. December: 1 - Out of Our trio 8 - Sweet Alibis 15 - The Fox 22 - Left Of Centre 29 - Mango Junction Grab your mates and stretch out your weekends by booking a table for lunch or dinner.

Summer Solstice Family Evening with Sun Salute at Northerlies

Woodwark, Whitsunday Area
20 December 2019
It's back! The end of the year family friendly event to celebrate Christmas breakup, summer solstice and all good things Whitsundays. Come and join them from 5pm to 10.30pm with fun for the whole family.

Christmas Lunch at Airlie Beach Hotel

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$59.00 - 119.00
25 December 2019
Eat, drink and be merry on Christmas Day with those you love! The Pub is open for Lunch with their ‘all you can eat’ traditional Christmas buffet including seafood. The Buffet will feature the freshest hot and cold seafood, selection of meats, summer salads and Christmas desserts.

New Years Eve Seafood Buffet at "The Pub"

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$0.00 - 129
31 December 2019
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style at Airlie Beach Hotel’s ‘THE PUB!’ Enjoy an impressive all-you-can-eat Seafood Buffet which includes a selection of seafood, smoked and barbecue meats, salads and dessert.

Northerlies NYE 2020 Glitterati Parti

Woodwark, Whitsunday Area
From AU$75 - 150
31 December 2019 – 1 January 2020
Northerlies New Year's Eve 2020. Glitterati Parti 18 plus. Guys and gals- nothing screams New Year's Eve in the Whitsunday's like glitter, beachfront views and Kieren McCarthy! And they've got all three!
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