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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qualia

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$1050 - 5500
Nestled in the northern most tip of Hamilton Island, qualia is a unique expression of world-class luxury. Immersing guests in a relaxed atmosphere, offering personalised and intuitive service, qualia is a truly special place where everything has been meticulously considered to relax the mind yet completely spoil the senses.

Sunlit Waters Studio Apartments

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$135 - 155
Sunlit Waters Studio Apartments provides the best views, prices and location in Airlie beach and is the gateway to 74 Islands. The view is spectacular at sunset overlooking Coral Seas Marina and Pioneer Bay where you can relax either in the stand-up pool or from your apartment balcony and take in the breath taking views of the Coral Sea as it changes colours.

Airlie Beach Hotel

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$129 - 450
Located on the Esplanade, in the centre of Airlie Beach, the Airlie Beach Hotel has long been Airlie’s favourite venue for those in pursuit of kicking back with ice cold refreshments and quality, casual dining.

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.

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

Hayman Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$750 - 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.

Toscana Village Resort

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$195 - 450
Looking for good value accommodation in the heart of Airlie Beach, Whitsundays? Ideally situated 200 metres above the heart of Airlie Beach, Toscana Village Resort is a Tuscan styled retreat catering mainly to families and couples who prefer a quieter atmosphere.

Whitsunday Sands Resort

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
From AU$127 - 220
Situated amongst pristine lawns and gardens with spectacular views of the Whitsunday Islands, Whitsunday Sands Resort offers the quintessential location for holiday makers and business people alike. With direct private beach access from the resort to both Grays Bay and Horseshoe Bay, The Whitsunday Sands Resort offers the location and ambiance rarely available in North Queensland.

Shingley Beach Resort

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$145 - 450
Shingley Beach Resort offers a variety of affordable self-contained accommodation overlooking the Coral Sea Marina, Pioneer Bay and Whitsunday Islands. Located less than 50 metres from the waterfront, adjacent to Abel Point Marina and nestled in a natural amphitheatre of trees, parkland and beaches.

at Boathaven Bay Holiday Apartments

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$99 - 500
Your Perfect Airlie Beach Accommodation Destination! at Boathaven Spa Resort is located just 250 metres from Airlie Beach, and it is less than a five minute leisurely stroll to all the restaurants, cafe's, cocktail bars, shops, boutiques, markets and famous Airlie Beach Lagoon.

NRMA Bowen Beachfront Holiday Park

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
From AU$40 - 170
NRMA Bowen Beachfront Holiday Park is like a tropical island paradise. Stay in absolute waterfront cabins and caravan and camping sites overlooking Queens Bay or air-conditioned pool view family cabins.
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