The Whitsundays Great Barrier Reef

Ahoy skipper! Grab your sextant and get all hands on deck, it’s time for a sail to the pearls of the Coral Sea. Tell the rest of the world to wait, and let the jaw-dropping Whitsunday Islands weave that much needed magic into your holiday. 

  • Set sail and explore the Great Barrier Reef in style. Hire a crew or take the helm of your own vessel and go bareboating along the Whitsundays breathtaking reefs and islands. Whether on an ocean racer, tall ship, luxury yacht or launch, there’s a sailing experience to suit your skills.
  • Island hop your way from Hamilton Island, to Daydream, and Hayman (and the many others). Each with a signature vibe and fringing reef to become acquainted with.
  • Take a scenic flight and experience the beauty from above of one of nature’s astonishing natural wonders, Heart Reef.
  • Spend a night on the Great Barrier Reef with the only permanent pontoon accommodation of its kind in Australia. It’s a truly unique and amazing experience where you’ll watch the reef come alive under the starry night.
  • Join a fishing adventure of a lifetime with day and overnight trips to unexplored reefs. You might even catch the big one!

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Ocean Rafting

Multiple Locations
Multi award winning Ocean Rafting visits the “Wild Side” of the Whitsunday Islands, the uninhabited islands with beautiful natural scenery brimming with marine, bird and animal life. There are two exciting tour options, the Northern Exposure and Southern Lights.

Wings Whitsunday Adventures

Multiple Locations
Wings Whitsunday Adventures offers you a combination of sailing, snorkelling and bushwalking amongst the Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef. Their modern catamarans allow stable sailing and easy movement around the decks for sunbathing, relaxing and socialising with 25 to 31 other passengers.

Cruise Whitsundays

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Cruise Whitsundays' day cruise range features trips to 'must see' Whitsunday icons, including the Great Barrier Reef Adventures trip to Cruise Whitsundays' innovative and spacious reef pontoon, and Whitehaven Beach Camira Day Sailing Adventure, onboard one of the world's fastest commercial sailing catamarans.

Hamilton Island Golf Club

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$110 - 160
Tee off beside the Whitsundays at the Hamilton Island Golf Club, one of the world's premier golfing destinations. The course is adjacent to Hamilton Island on its own patch of paradise, Dent Island. Designed by five-time British Open winner Peter Thomson, it is the only championship course in Australia on its own island.

A Cruise for Couples - Explore Whitsundays

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The original Whitsunday Cruise, Dive and Sail Company, starting in 1985 - with Southern Cross Sailing Adventures. Today Prosail, Whitsunday Catamarans, Australian Tallships and Eureka Sailing specialise in overnight sailing holidays.

Adventure and Classic Cruising - Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

Multiple Locations
Have you tried overnight sailing around the islands of the Great Barrier Reef? If you are short on time, budget or unsure if you would like to spend more than one night on a boat, then this is the option for you.

Luncheon Bay Dive Site

Hook Island, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Located at the northern end of Hook Island, in the Whitsundays, Luncheon Bay is a lovely dive site where you can explore bommies, caves and crevasses in depths to 20 metres. While the visibility in the Whitsundays is not always the best, the corals and variety of marine life found in this large bay will impress.

Stepping Stones Dive Site

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Stepping Stones, a dive site at Bait Reef on the Great Barrier Reef, can be found off the coast of Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands. The Stepping Stones are a series of more than 18 flat-topped coral pinnacles, looking much like their namesake from above, and offering a myriad of interesting channels and caves to explore.

Hamilton Island Yacht Club

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Hamilton Island Yacht Club is an exclusive port of call for visitors docking in the Hamilton Island Marina. The state-of-the-art yacht club features recreational and business facilities including a contemporary restaurant and bar which overlooks the marina, a private dining room, conference and function rooms overlooking Dent Passage and an inspiring central atrium space for events.

Heart Reef

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Heart Reef, in the Great Barrier Reef of the Whitsundays, is a stunning composition of coral that has naturally formed into the shape of a heart. Located in Hardy Reef, Heart Reef is best experienced from the air by helicopter or seaplane, as visitors are unable to snorkel or dive there due it's protected status.
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