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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InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

Hayman Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$750 - 6500
Welcome to a secluded paradise of serenity and breathtaking beauty. Surrounded by verdant cliffs, crescent-shaped white beaches and celestial-blue sea, Hayman Island by InterContinental presents a spectacular sensory experience teeming with natural beauty and mindful enrichment.

at Boathaven Bay Holiday Apartments

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$99 - 500
Your Perfect Airlie Beach Accommodation Destination! at Boathaven Spa Resort is located just 250 metres from Airlie Beach, and it is less than a five minute leisurely stroll to all the restaurants, cafe's, cocktail bars, shops, boutiques, markets and famous Airlie Beach Lagoon.

Horseshoe Bay Resort

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
From AU$42.00 - 180.00
Horseshoe Bay Resort and Caravan Park, where the bush really does meet the beach, is situated at the tip of Cape Edgecumbe in Bowen. They are surrounded by four sandy beaches and the reef is just off shore making for some amazing snorkelling and diving.

Waterview Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$155 - 170
“Boutique accommodation in the heart of Airlie”. Enjoy the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays, at your door step. Waterview Airlie Beach is located in the heart of the Village.

Rose Bay Resort

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
From AU$160 - 300
Award winning Rose Bay Resort offers a perfect getaway, relax, and enjoy peace and tranquillity. It is situated on absolute waterfront with unsurpassed sea and island views. Only a few footsteps you will find yourself on the beach, snorkelling, fishing or just relaxing.

Sky View Units

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
From AU$120 - 210
Sky View Units provides affordable self contained accommodation in Bowen, including studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments. These rooms are available for overnight, short or long term stays. Located in the Whitsundays, Bowen is one of North Queensland’s best beach towns.

Mantra Boathouse Apartments

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$299 - 569
In the beautiful Airlie Beach, you will discover Mantra Boathouse Apartments. Located right along the waterfront you will be situated in the most perfect position to explore the Whitsunday’s and this diverse tropical pocket of Queensland.

Whitsunday Sands Resort

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
From AU$127 - 220
Situated amongst pristine lawns and gardens with spectacular views of the Whitsunday Islands, Whitsunday Sands Resort offers the quintessential location for holiday makers and business people alike. With direct private beach access from the resort to both Grays Bay and Horseshoe Bay, The Whitsunday Sands Resort offers the location and ambiance rarely available in North Queensland.

Island Gateway Holiday Park

Jubilee Pocket, Whitsunday Area
From AU$30 - 210
At Island Gateway Holiday Park in Airlie Beach Whitsundays we have a range of accommodation styles to suit all types of holiday experiences. From camp sites and camp-o-tels, to Deluxe Spa and Tropical Villas, you will find the perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing around the beautiful Whitsundays and Airlie Beach.

Shingley Beach Resort

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$145 - 450
Shingley Beach Resort offers a variety of affordable self-contained accommodation overlooking the Coral Sea Marina, Pioneer Bay and Whitsunday Islands. Located less than 50 metres from the waterfront, adjacent to Abel Point Marina and nestled in a natural amphitheatre of trees, parkland and beaches.
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