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.

Bowen parkrun

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 21 September 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 21 September 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!

Whitsunday Eats n Treats

Jubilee Pocket, Whitsunday Area
From AU$2 - 2
21 September 2019
A family friendly community event where people can come together, eat good food, shop a little or a lot, sit back relax and listen to great music while the children play. The Whitsunday's version of the iconic Eat Street in Brisbane.

Airlie Beach Foreshore Markets

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 21 September 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 Markets

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 22 September 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.

A Gathering in the Gathering

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 26 September 2019
"A Gathering in the Garden" - an informal networking night for women of the Whitsundays - returns on Thursday 26 September! Grab your friends and come on down for an evening of views, specials and some extra treats!

AFL and NRL Grand Final at The Pub!

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
28 September 2019
The 2019 AFL and NRL Grand Finals will be one to remember, and there’s no better place to experience it than the Airlie Beach Hotel! AFL Grand Final – 2.30pm Saturday September 28. NRL Grand Final – 6.

Revolutionising Turtle Health on the Reef

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
From AU$2795 - 2795
29 September – 5 October 2019
Human activities are putting sea turtles in danger. Work with Earthwatch Scientists to assess sea turtle health and collect crucial data to support better management strategies to conserve these wondrous creatures.

Round the World Whiskey Dinner at Northerlies

Woodwark, Whitsunday Area
From AU$85 - 85
10 October 2019
A journey of the world featuring 5 awesome whisky / whiskey perfectly paired by Chef Zibby Deca with five course paired premium menu items. Whiskey and Spirit Guru Brady Retschlag from ‘The Exchange’ will join them for an informative yet indulging feast.
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