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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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.

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

Hayman Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$750 - 6500
Welcome to a secluded paradise of serenity and breathtaking beauty. Surrounded by verdant cliffs, crescent-shaped white beaches and celestial-blue sea, Hayman Island by InterContinental presents a spectacular sensory experience teeming with natural beauty and mindful enrichment.

Rose Bay Resort

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
From AU$160 - 300
Award winning Rose Bay Resort offers a perfect getaway, relax, and enjoy peace and tranquillity. It is situated on absolute waterfront with unsurpassed sea and island views. Only a few footsteps you will find yourself on the beach, snorkelling, fishing or just relaxing.

Whitsunday Apartments, Hamilton Island

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
From AU$270 - 499
Located in the beautiful Whitsundays, the Whitsunday Apartments Hamilton Island overlook the golden sands of Catseye Beach. All apartments are recently refurbished and feature a spacious lounge and dining area, full kitchen facilities, large private balcony and stunning views over the ocean or tropical gardens.

Whitsunday Waterfront Apartments

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
From AU$150 - 170
Whitsunday Waterfront Apartments are located on the beachfront in a quiet, peaceful area of the spectacular Whitsunday Coast. The self-contained two bedroom or studio units are clean, comfortable, spacious and affordable and you can relax on your own private balcony overlooking the park or the Coral Sea.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Palm Bay Resort

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
From AU$229 - 600
Palm Bay Resort is a beautiful boutique resort nestled in the neck of Long Island, one of the stunning islands of the Great Barrier Reef. With their very own secluded private cove Palm Bay offers spacious Balinese inspired villas with extensive views to the Whitsunday passage and Coral Sea.
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