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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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.

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
From AU$42 - 650
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort is truly 'Paradise found'. The region's most awarded resort holiday park, it's proudly famous for top quality accommodation from budget to spare no expense, for amazing facilities including a 13 slide waterpark, a multi purpose function room The Palm House, activities and for their incredibly helpful, infectiously happy and caring staff.

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.

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.

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.

Sky View Units

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
From AU$120 - 210
Sky View Units provides affordable self contained accommodation in Bowen, including studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments. These rooms are available for overnight, short or long term stays. Located in the Whitsundays, Bowen is one of North Queensland’s best beach towns.

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.

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.

Beach Club, Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$720 - 880
Awaken to absolute beachfront views at the Beach Club. Surrounded by landscaped gardens on Catseye Beach, the Beach Club Hamilton Island is a boutique retreat exclusively for adults. Romantic, intimate and perfect for couples, the well appointed boutique rooms have a stylish and relaxed beach house vibe, tailor-made for relaxing.

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.
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