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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Bowen parkrun

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 6 June 2020
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.

Lions Airlie Beach Community Markets

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 6 June 2020
The Lions Airlie Beach Community 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.

Airlie Beach parkrun

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 6 June 2020
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. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Hamilton Island Endurance Series - Great Whitehaven Beach Run

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$100 - 100
28 June 2020
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 five endurance events from May through to November each year.

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival 2020

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$15 - 200
18 – 19 July 2020
The Airlie Beach Marathon Festival is held annually in one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. It is the Whitsunday’s premier running event and the largest onshore mass participation event in the region.

Great Barrier Reef Festival

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
30 July – 2 August 2020
The Great Barrier Reef Festival, proudly supported by Cruise Whitsundays, celebrates what it means to live in the Whitsunday region at the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The region's favourite festival will celebrate 20 years in 2020 and will take over the vibrant tourist hub of Airlie Beach from July 30 - August 2.

Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
6 – 13 August 2020
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
15 – 22 August 2020
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.

Whitsunday Trail Festival 2020

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$60 - 200
12 – 13 September 2020
Run the 10 kilometre, 28 kilometre and 57 kilometre trail run along the scenic Conway Ranges in the Whitsundays. The race precinct is on the beautiful Airlie Beach foreshore adjacent to the Pacific Ocean.

Australian Superyacht Rendezvous 2020 - Great Barrier Reef Edition

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
15 – 18 October 2020
Recognised internationally as the South Pacific’s leading superyacht event, the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous – which has been staged on the Gold Coast since its inception in 2017 will make an exciting move to the Great Barrier Reef with invitation-only events staged across the three days for attending international superyacht industry heavyweights, superyacht owners and buyers, captains, international brokers, tourism and industry professionals plus media.
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