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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Whitsunday Waterfront Apartments

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
From AU$150 - 170
Whitsunday Waterfront Apartments are located on the beachfront in a quiet, peaceful area of the spectacular Whitsunday Coast. The self-contained two bedroom or studio units are clean, comfortable, spacious and affordable and you can relax on your own private balcony overlooking the park or the Coral Sea.

Rose Bay Resort

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
From AU$160 - 300
Award winning Rose Bay Resort offers a perfect getaway, relax, and enjoy peace and tranquillity. It is situated on absolute waterfront with unsurpassed sea and island views. Only a few footsteps you will find yourself on the beach, snorkelling, fishing or just relaxing.

Palm Bay Resort

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
From AU$229 - 600
Palm Bay Resort is a beautiful boutique resort nestled in the neck of Long Island, one of the stunning islands of the Great Barrier Reef. With their very own secluded private cove Palm Bay offers spacious Balinese inspired villas with extensive views to the Whitsunday passage and Coral Sea.

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.

Airlie Beach Magnums Backpackers

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$28 - 65
Magnums is a tropical oasis in the middle of Airlie Beach. Relax in their beautiful settings or take the short stroll to the famous Airlie Beach Lagoon, Abel Point Marina or Port of Airlie. Magnums is an "over 18 years only" budget holiday retreat in the heart of the beautiful Whitsundays.

Mantra Club Croc

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$96 - 195
Your holiday begins the minute you arrive at Mantra Club Croc. Drenched in tropical ambience, the hotel offers everything you need in your Airlie Beach accommodation with a great range of facilities. Boasting 160 rooms, guests will enjoy free limited wireless internet in public areas, 24 hour reception, complimentary car parking, sparkling lagoon pool and spa, nearby barbecue facilities and a gymnasium.

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 Abell Point 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.

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.

Horseshoe Bay Resort

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
From AU$42.00 - 180.00
Horseshoe Bay Resort and Caravan Park, where the bush really does meet the beach, is situated at the tip of Cape Edgecumbe in Bowen. They are surrounded by four sandy beaches and the reef is just off shore making for some amazing snorkelling and diving.
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