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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Airlie Beach Foreshore Markets

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 20 July 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 parkrun

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 20 July 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.

Bowen Markets

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 21 July 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.

With or Without U2

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
27 July 2019
With or Without U2 LIVE at the Pub on Saturday July 27 at 7pm to 10pm. With or Without U2 is the ultimate tribute to the Irish rock band that has sold over 150 million albums worldwide and has sat at the top of the charts for over 3 decades – The one and only U2!

Great Barrier Reef Festival

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
1 – 4 August 2019
The Great Barrier Reef Festival celebrates the Great Barrier Reef and what it means to live in Airlie Beach, Whitsundays - the Heart of the Reef. The region's favourite festival is a delicious combination of family fun, all-night celebrations, local food and fashion and some of the biggest parties in the north.

KC's Gets Didgee With It

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
3 August 2019
The weekend everybody is excited for! Airlie comes alive, they celebrate living in reach to the Great Barrier Reef, plenty to do and see all weekend, a street parade down Airlie's main street right in front of KC's and what truly is an amazing weekend in paradise!

Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
8 – 15 August 2019
The Whitsunday Sailing Club is located in Airlie Beach, gateway to the Central Region of Queensland‘s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It is also the Gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and fast becoming known as one of the World’s premier sailing destinations.

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$275 - 275
17 August 2019
Hamilton Island Race Week is one of Australia's favourite yachting events and a firm fixture on the international sailing calendar. Competitors, family and friends come together to enjoy the convivial atmosphere and unique camaraderie of the event's on-water and off-water carnival.

Colorbond Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival 2019

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
24 – 25 August 2019
The iconic Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival continues to grow with this year promising to be bigger and better than ever before. With an Enticer, a Sprint and Standard distance race options there is sure to be a race distance for everyone, from the seasoned professional to the first timer.

Queensland Endurance State Championships 2019

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
6 – 9 September 2019
The WRERA ride base at Eurl Creek, Bowen, allows for beautiful bush riding and is also the gateway to the Whitsunday's and the Great Barrier Reef. There is a camp kitchen, amenities and ample water points throughout the campsite.
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