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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Mantra Boathouse Apartments

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$299 - 569
In the beautiful Airlie Beach, you will discover Mantra Boathouse Apartments. Located right along the waterfront you will be situated in the most perfect position to explore the Whitsunday’s and this diverse tropical pocket of Queensland.

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.

Queens Beach Tourist Village

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
From AU$100 - 135
Queens Beach is Bowen's most northern seaside suburb. It is located just five kilometres from the Central Business District and offers a relaxed environment with lots to see and do. Queens Beach Tourist Village is nestled amongst seven acres of award winning garden sites, just a short stroll to a beautiful sandy beach, playgrounds, seaside golf course, walking track with exercise equipment along it, tennis courts, lawn bowls, medical centre, cinemas, hotel, TAB, takeaway and convenience store.

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.

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.

Kipara Tropical Rainforest Retreat

Jubilee Pocket, Whitsunday Area
From AU$32 - 150
Kipara Tropical Rainforest Retreat is located on an immense property and surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. They offer a wide range of facilities that caters superbly to both the overnight traveller and the short term resident.

Heart Hotel and Gallery Whitsundays

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$200 - 500
Heart Hotel and Gallery Whitsundays, opened November 2016, is destined to become an iconic landmark in luxury, boutique, upscale hotel accommodation in the Whitsundays. Hunt Design Architects have captured the essence of a tropical Queenslander with an impeccable design that is elegant and timeless.

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.

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.

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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