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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Cumberland Charter Yachts

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$525 - 2500
Skipper yourself and guided bareboat yachts, catamarans and motor cruiser hire in the Whitsunday Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. With a passionate commitment to environmental best practices and professional standards.

Adventure Catamarans - Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

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Catamarans are renowned for their stable cruising and Whitsundays Sailing Adventures offers two unique options to choose from over four vessels. All their tours offer travellers a chance to swim in crystal clear waters and snorkelling in sheltered bays.

Ocean Rafting

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Multi award winning Ocean Rafting visits the “Wild Side” of the Whitsunday Islands, the uninhabited islands with beautiful natural scenery brimming with marine, bird and animal life. There are two exciting tour options, the Northern Exposure and Southern Lights.

A Cruise for Couples - Explore Whitsundays

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The original Whitsunday Cruise and Sail Company, starting in 1985 - with Southern Cross Sailing Adventures. Today Australian Tallships, Prima Sailing, Eureka Sailingand Whitsunday Bliss specialise in day trips and overnight sailing holidays.

Kiana Sail & Dive, Outer Great Barrier Reef and Islands

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Sail and Dive the Outer Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands on their 16.4 metre ketch and enjoy your first dive for free. Kiana is the only vessel in the region that caters for small numbers to the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Charter Yachts Australia

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$550 - 2000
Charter Yachts Australia offer a modern fleet of skipper yourself bareboat charter vessels from Coral Sea Marina, Airlie Beach with delivery options also available from Hamilton Island. Explore the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef from the comfort of your own boat.

Whitsunday Crocodile Safari

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Whitsunday Crocodile Safari is a safe, all-weather nature excursion which takes guests to see crocodiles in the wild in the Whitsundays. This is a nature based tour which enables guests to explore the estuaries and wetlands of the Whitsundays and to discover the vegetation and wildlife in these unique habitats.

Whitsunday Escape

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$400 - 2400
Whitsunday Escape has been specialising in Skipper Yourself ‘Bareboat’ Charters for over 30 years, continually delivering outstanding holiday experiences. Whitsunday Escape proudly achieved silver recognition at the 2018 Australian Tourism Awards for Unique Accommodation!

Adventure Catamarans and Yachts - ISail Whitsundays

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ISail Whitsundays specialises in small group nature adventure experience, sailing the Whitsunday Islands with a group of maximum 10 people. Each tour gives you the highlights of the Whitsundays Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, snorkelling and central northern islands in a personalised casual atmosphere aboard quality boats.

Coral Sea Marina

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
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.
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