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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Waterview Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$155 - 170
“Boutique accommodation in the heart of Airlie”. Enjoy the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays, at your door step. Waterview Airlie Beach is located in the heart of the Village.

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.

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.

Toscana Village Resort

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$195 - 450
Looking for good value accommodation in the heart of Airlie Beach, Whitsundays? Ideally situated 200 metres above the heart of Airlie Beach, Toscana Village Resort is a Tuscan styled retreat catering mainly to families and couples who prefer a quieter atmosphere.

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.

Beach Club, Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$720 - 880
Awaken to absolute beachfront views at the Beach Club. Surrounded by landscaped gardens on Catseye Beach, the Beach Club Hamilton Island is a boutique retreat exclusively for adults. Romantic, intimate and perfect for couples, the well appointed boutique rooms have a stylish and relaxed beach house vibe, tailor-made for relaxing.

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.

Airlie Beach Hotel

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$129 - 450
Located on the Esplanade, in the centre of Airlie Beach, the Airlie Beach Hotel has long been Airlie’s favourite venue for those in pursuit of kicking back with ice cold refreshments and quality, casual dining.

NRMA Bowen Beachfront Holiday Park

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
From AU$40 - 170
NRMA Bowen Beachfront Holiday Park is like a tropical island paradise. Stay in absolute waterfront cabins and caravan and camping sites overlooking Queens Bay or air-conditioned pool view family cabins.

Peppers Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$149.50 - 209.50
Located in Queensland’s famous Whitsundays, Peppers Airlie Beach offers majestic views over the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Passage. Featuring beautifully appointed One, Two and Three Bedroom Apartments with breathtaking ocean views, wide breezy balconies and intelligent design to enhance the tropical lifestyle of North Queensland.
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