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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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.

Red Cat Adventures

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Red Cat Adventures is a multi award winning Australian owned charter boat company providing exceptional trips around the Whitsunday Islands. They place absolute importance on ensuring every trip is an amazing experience for their passengers.

A Cruise for Couples - Explore Whitsundays

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The original Whitsunday Cruise and Sail Company, starting in 1985 - with Southern Cross Sailing Adventures. Today Australian Tallships, Prima Sailing, Eureka Sailingand Whitsunday Bliss specialise in day trips and overnight sailing holidays.

A Cruise for Couples - Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

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Whitsundays Sailing Adventures (WSA) offers the most diverse range of quality crewed sailing and diving tours in the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Their fleet of owner operators have a high focus on crew standards, fantastic food, personalised service and a truly individual and unique experience.

Kiana Sail and Dive, Outer Great Barrier Reef and Islands

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Sail and Dive the Outer Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands on their 16.4 metre ketch and enjoy your first dive for free. Kiana is the only vessel in the region that caters for small numbers to the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Charter Yachts Australia

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$550 - 2000
Charter Yachts Australia offer a modern fleet of skipper yourself bareboat charter vessels from Coral Sea Marina, Airlie Beach with delivery options also available from Hamilton Island. Explore the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef from the comfort of your own boat.

Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill

Woodwark, Whitsunday Area
Set right on the water just outside Airlie Beach in the beautiful Whitsundays, Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill is an award winning restaurant and bar serving a range of craft beers on tap, a wonderful wine menu and steak and seafood to enjoy from their amazing head chef and his team.

Prosail Whitsundays

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Prosail Whitsundays run two day/two night or two day/one night maxi yacht adventure sailing tours. By day visit the famous Whitehaven beach, Hill Inlet lookout plus multiple snorkelling locations while in-between experiencing real adventure sailing.

Adventure Catamarans and Yachts - ISail Whitsundays

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ISail Whitsundays specialises in small group nature adventure experience, sailing the Whitsunday Islands with a group of maximum 10 people. Each tour gives you the highlights of the Whitsundays Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, snorkelling and central northern islands in a personalised casual atmosphere aboard quality boats.

Reef Magic Cruises

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Australian owned Reef Magic Cruises fast catamaran ensures less time is spent travelling and longer actually at the reef - a full five hours. Suitable for all ages and swimming abilities from the novice snorkeller to the most discerning diver.
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