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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Sunday Sessions at "The Pub"

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 3 – 24 November 2019
Sundays just got a whole lot better at "The Pub!" New Sunday Sessions have arrived! Free live entertainment for the whole family from 2pm to 6pm. November 3 - Mango Junction 10 - Airlie Beach Music Festival - Band TBA 17 - Mind Huggers 24 - Little Steely Brothers Grab your mates and stretch out your weekends by booking a table for lunch.

Bowen parkrun

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 16 November 2019
Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed five kilometre run or walk, which takes place every Saturday at 7am sharp at Barker Park on Horseshoe Bay Road, Bowen. Participating is easy, however you must register before the event on the Parkrun website to get your time.

Airlie Beach Parkrun

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 16 November 2019
Volunteer, walk, jog or run five kilometres every Saturday. Register on line once, print your bar code, then turn up and take part wherever you want, whenever you want.

Saturday Sessions with live music at The Garden Bar Bistro

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 16 November 2019
Come on down to The Garden Bar Bistro every Saturday to enjoy their Saturday Sessions with live music from Total Entertainment! Enjoy the views, share the specials, and soak up the Whitsundays winter sunshine!

Lions Airlie Beach Community Markets

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 16 November 2019
The Airlie Beach Saturday Markets are located on the foreshore of Airlie Beach, every Saturday morning. Complete with local produce, art, craft and all locally made souvenirs, it is a great place to spend some time, have a coffee or purchase a unique gift.

Bowen Markets

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 17 November 2019
Bowen Markets are held every Sunday from 8am to 12pm at Hansen Park. Features over 50 stallholders showcasing fresh food cooked on site plus tea and coffee, fresh fruit and vegetables, local and Balinese clothing and artifacts, fishing gear, toys and kids stuff, plants and jewellery just to name a few.

Hamilton Island Endurance Series - Hamilton Island Triathlon

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$120 - 120
23 November 2019
Pristine white beaches. Crystal clear waters. A breathtaking mountainous interior. Hamilton Island is best known as a place to relax. But it is also the perfect place to push yourself in paradise. The Hamilton Island Endurance series spans four endurance events.

The Australian Eagles Show Live at The Pub

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
23 November 2019
The Australian Eagles Show Live at “The Pub” on Saturday November 23rd for an afternoon session 2pm to 5pm. Performing The Eagles greatest hits from the country- tinged ‘Take It Easy’ to the soul-drenched ‘One Of These Nights’ to the hard-rocking ‘Life In The Fast Lane’ to the stadium-anthemic ‘Hotel California’ the six piece tribute band delivers a two hour show that showcases their crystalline vocal harmonies backed with a powerful triple guitar attack, luxurious keyboards and solid rhythm section.

Hamilton Island Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$100 - 100
24 November 2019
Pristine white beaches. Crystal clear waters. A breathtaking mountainous interior. Hamilton Island is best known as a place to relax. But it is also the perfect place to push yourself in paradise. The Hamilton Island Endurance series spans four endurance events.

Little Steely Brothers Live at The Pub!

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
24 November 2019
Little Steely Brothers show Live at “The Pub” on Sunday 24 November for an afternoon Sunday Session 2pm to 5pm. Little Steely Brothers pay tribute to the classic hits of Little River Band, Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers.
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