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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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.

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.

Great Barrier Reef - Whitsundays

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Said to be the world's largest living structure and the only one visible from outer space, the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. The Great Barrier Reef stretches over 2,000 kilometres and is home to tens of thousands of species of brilliantly coloured fish, coral and other marine life including whales, dolphins and turtles.

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.

The Hangover Dive Site

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
The Hangover, located off Airlie Beach on the Great Barrier Reef, is a wall dive with exciting terrain to be negotiated by the diver. Larger marine life such as Giant Trevally, Barramundi, Cod and Mackeral to be found in this pelagic area.

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.

Manta Ray Drop Off Dive Site

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Bait Reef, sitting behind the Whitsunday Islands on the Great Barrier Reef, is home to the spectacular Manta Ray Drop Off – this dive site boasts stunning underwater cliffs, as well as a plunging wall that drops to 75 metres.

Nara Inlet

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Nestled in the south east end of the Whitsundays’ Hook Island is Nara Inlet, a secluded bay with tranquil waters that reflect the dense forestry that covers the island’s steep hills. The clear water acts as a window to the fringing reef and is known for its sheltered anchorage and easy access to the island.
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