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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Coral Sea Marina

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
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Coral Sea Marina|Resort (CSMR - formerly Abell Point Marina), located in the heart of the Whitsundays, has emerged as one of the premier boating and tourism destinations on the east coast of Australia.

Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
Hamilton Island is nestled amongst the Whitsunday Islands, a group of 74 islands just off the Queensland coast, at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Hamilton Island is one of the most popular Whitsunday islands offering an idyllic island experience.

Hardy Reef

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Hardy Reef, on the Great Barrier Reef off Airlie Beach, is home to the Reefworld Pontoon. There is spectacular fish life with Trevally, Coral Trout, Snapper and a host of smaller marine life as well as Giant Maori Wrasse and a two metre long Giant Queensland Groper that usually congregate for a free feed.

Stepping Stones Dive Site

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
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Stepping Stones, a dive site at Bait Reef on the Great Barrier Reef, can be found off the coast of Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands. The Stepping Stones are a series of more than 18 flat-topped coral pinnacles, looking much like their namesake from above, and offering a myriad of interesting channels and caves to explore.

Horseshoe Bay - Bowen

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
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Horseshoe Bay is Bowen's most iconic beach and a favourite for locals and visitors alike. The beach is framed by two granite outcrops which provide a haven for a wonderful range of fish and coral just a short swim from the beach.

Shute Harbour

Shute Harbour, Whitsunday Area
Shute Harbour, near Airlie Beach, is a port facility for the transfer of visitors to the Whitsunday Islands and resort destinations. A small residential community, it commands outstanding views from most locations.

Hook Island

Hook Island, Whitsunday Area
No visit to the Whitsundays is complete without seeing a few islands and Hook Island offers spectacular natural surroundings and excellent snorkelling and diving sites. The second largest island in the Cumberland group, it is 58 square kilometres in size and includes sheltered, picturesque bays, deep fjord-like inlets, ideal sailing and kayaking conditions, multiple moorings and safe anchorages, pristine fringing reefs, secluded beach campsites and the opportunity to see abundant wildlife including sea eagles, kites and ospreys, turtles, reef fish, dolphins, manta rays and humpback whales frolicking in Whitsunday Passage (between June to September).

South Molle Island

South Molle Island, Whitsunday Area
South Molle Island is located in the heart of the Whitsundays. South Molle Island is the largest of the Molle Island Group. South Molle is a hilly island with grasslands, lush pockets of rainforest, secluded bays and fringing reefs.

Daydream Island

Daydream Island, Whitsunday Area
Daydream Island is the closest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays to the mainland shore at Airlie Beach. Daydream is extremely popular due to its natural beauty and variety of water activities available.

Queens Beach

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Queens Beach boasts a long white sandy beach, offering visitors and locals a five kilometre stroll with beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Facing north - northeast, Queens Beach is protected from Bowen's south easterly breeze, resulting in many glassy days, perfect for spotting whales during winter.
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