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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2 Day 1 Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

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Have you tried overnight sailing around the islands of the Great Barrier Reef? If you are short on time, budget or unsure if you would like to spend more than one night on a boat, then this is the option for you.

Adventure Cruise and Sail – Southern Cross Sailing

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Adventure Cruise and Sail - Southern Cross Sailing Adventures specialise in overnight sailing holidays. Sail and dive the beautiful Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park on one of their fully crewed sailing holidays.

Fish D'vine

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
An institution in Airlie Beach and a favourite with both locals and visiting tourists, this is an affordable bucket list experience while on holidays! Reservations are highly recommended at this award-winning seafood restaurant.

A Cruise for Couples - Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

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Whitsundays Sailing Adventures (WSA) offers the most diverse range of quality crewed sailing and diving tours in the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Their fleet of owner operators have a high focus on crew standards, fantastic food, personalised service and a truly individual and unique experience.

Cruise Whitsundays

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Cruise Whitsundays' day cruise range features trips to 'must see' Whitsunday icons, including the Great Barrier Reef Adventure trip to Cruise Whitsundays' innovative and spacious reef pontoon and Whitehaven Beach Camira Sailing Adventure, onboard one of the world's fastest commercial sailing catamarans.

Bommie Restaurant

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
Situated in the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, the award-winning Bommie is one of the most superb places to eat on the island. Enjoy a glass of champagne and fresh, local cuisine while gazing out over the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.

Clipper Restaurant Bar and Lounge

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Enjoy stunning sunset views and cocktails on a private jetty. Positioned on the absolute ocean front the Coral Sea Resort's, Clipper Restaurant, Bar and Lounge boasts the best dining position in Airlie Beach.

Kiana Sail and Dive the 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.

coca chu

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
With a fun, fresh menu inspired by the hawker-style street food of South East Asia, coca chu offers a fun, relaxed, family-friendly vibe and a peaceful location overlooking the beautiful Catseye Beach.

A Cruise for Couples - Explore Whitsundays

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