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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Rose Bay Resort

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
From AU$170 - 320
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.

Palm Bay Resort

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
From AU$289 - 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.

Sky View Units

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
From AU$120 - 210
Sky View Units provides affordable self contained accommodation in Bowen, including studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments. These rooms are available for overnight, short or long term stays. Located in the Whitsundays, Bowen is one of North Queensland’s best beach towns.

Hamilton Island Palm Bungalows

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$380 - 495
Romantic and affordable, Hamilton Island Palm Bungalows are designed for couples and families holidaying on a budget. Surrounded by tropical landscaped gardens and Hamilton Island's lush foliage, the bungalows have everything you need for a comfortable island holiday.

at Boathaven Bay Holiday Apartments

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$99 - 500
Your Perfect Airlie Beach Accommodation Destination! at Boathaven Spa Resort is located just 250 metres from Airlie Beach, and it is less than a five minute leisurely stroll to all the restaurants, cafe's, cocktail bars, shops, boutiques, markets and famous Airlie Beach Lagoon.

Island Gateway Holiday Park

Jubilee Pocket, Whitsunday Area
From AU$30 - 210
At Island Gateway Holiday Park in Airlie Beach Whitsundays we have a range of accommodation styles to suit all types of holiday experiences. From camp sites and camp-o-tels, to Deluxe Spa and Tropical Villas, you will find the perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing around the beautiful Whitsundays and Airlie Beach.

Mango House Resort

Jubilee Pocket, Whitsunday Area
From AU$149 - 265
Mango House Resort is a four star resort situated in the beautiful Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia, designed with serenity and privacy in mind and set in lush tropical gardens of palm trees, Frangipani and ferns.

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.

qualia

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$1050 - 5500
Nestled in the northern most tip of Hamilton Island, qualia is a unique expression of world-class luxury. Immersing guests in a relaxed atmosphere, offering personalised and intuitive service, qualia is a truly special place where everything has been meticulously considered to relax the mind yet completely spoil the senses.

Shingley Beach Resort

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$145 - 450
Shingley Beach Resort offers a variety of affordable self-contained accommodation overlooking the Coral Sea Marina, Pioneer Bay and Whitsunday Islands. Located less than 50 metres from the waterfront and nestled in a natural amphitheatre of trees, parkland and beaches, Shingley Beach Resort is serene and the perfect accommodation base for your next Whitsunday holiday, function or conference.
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