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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Sunday Sessions at "The Pub"

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 1 September – 27 October 2019
Sundays just got a whole lot better at "The Pub!" New Sunday Sessions have arrived! Free live entertainment for the whole family from 2pm to 6pm. September 1st - Father's Day - Out of Our Trio 8th - Bon Jovi show 15th - Left of Centre 22nd - G Force 29th - Andy Mammers October 6th - Out of our Trio 13th - who remembers the 80's show 20th - The Fox 27th - G Force Grab your mates and stretch out your weekends by booking a table for lunch.

Airlie Beach Foreshore Markets

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 19 October 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.

Airlie Beach Parkrun

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 19 October 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.

Saturday Sessions with live music at The Garden Bar Bistro

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 19 October 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!

Bowen parkrun

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 19 October 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.

Bowen Markets

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 20 October 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.

Northerlies Spooktacular

Woodwark, Whitsunday Area
31 October 2019
Come and join them this Halloween, Thursday 31 October at 'That SPOOKIN' Joint' for a free afternoon of frightening fun, ghastly games and trick or treating. 4pm to 7.30pm. 4pm to 6pm: Fave painting. 5pm:

Julian James "Looking for a light" tour @ Northerlies

Woodwark, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
3 November 2019
Julian James releases new track ‘Looking for a Light’. As a solo artist Julian James may be a relative newcomer on the scene, but he’s making up for lost time in a big way. From Tasmanian Jazz clubs to Byron Bay farmer’s markets, Victorian festivals to Adelaide jam sessions - it’s likely that Julian has stopped in there for a song and a drink (or two).

Melbourne Cup @ Northerlies

Woodwark, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
5 November 2019
Are you ready to get frocked up? It's that time of year again - pull out your fascinators and put on your best frocks and suits. Sweeps plus prizes for best dressed - Male and Female. Jacuzzi Masterpiece with special guest Nicky Bomba.

Airlie Beach Festival of Music

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$130 - 1000.00
8 – 9 November 2019
Set for November 8 to 10, 2019, and now in its seventh year, the Airlie Beach Festival of Music is fast becoming one of Queensland’s premier live music events. Only in Airlie Beach can you see 74 bands alongside 74 islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.
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