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$600 - 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.

Pinnacles Resort

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$260 - 750
Pinnacles Resort is the ultimate luxury self-contained accommodation situated in Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands. Pinnacles will simply indulge your senses from every view point, with 29 stylish tropical uniquely designed and tastefully decorated one, two and three bedroom self-contained apartments.

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.

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.

at Marina Shores

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$225 - 600
Designed by renowned Ken Down Architects, Marina Shores Airlie Beach delivers unparalleled levels of liveability and accessibility. Marina Shores features a contemporary theme with gently curving forms ensuring wide frontages to complement its absolute waterfront setting.

Palm Bay Resort

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
From AU$289 - 600
Palm Bay Resort is a beautiful boutique resort nestled in the neck of Long Island, one of the stunning islands of the Great Barrier Reef. With their very own secluded private cove Palm Bay offers spacious Balinese inspired villas with extensive views to the Whitsunday passage and Coral Sea.

BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort

Flametree, Whitsunday Area
From AU$139.00 - 250.00
BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort is nestled in the Whitsunday's tropical rainforest of Conway National park. Brand new (April 2019) two bedroom Eco Lodges will comfortably accommodate four to six guests and are tastefully designed and decorated to enhance the nature beauty of the Conway National Park.

Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$390 - 1475
The Reef View Hotel has many amenities, including a 35-metre swimming pool, the Reef Lounge bar, and in-house Pool Terrace Restaurant serving buffet breakfast, light lunches and à la carte dinner menu.

Whitsunday Apartments, Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$299 - 499
The 4 Star rated Whitsunday Apartments, are located on the resort side of Hamilton Island and overlook the golden sands of Catseye Beach. All apartments are recently refurbished and feature a spacious lounge and dining area, full kitchen facilities, large private balcony, and offer stunning views over the ocean or the tropical gardens.

Mango House Resort

Jubilee Pocket, Whitsunday Area
From AU$149 - 265
Mango House Resort is a four star resort situated in the beautiful Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia, designed with serenity and privacy in mind and set in lush tropical gardens of palm trees, Frangipani and ferns.
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