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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Tall Ship Adventures Alexander Stewart Sailing

Multiple Locations
Set sail on the adventure of a life time in the Whitsundays on a 2 day/1 night sailing tour aboard Alexander Stewart. Experience the romance of sail. This magnificent handcrafted timber masterpiece, with all the modern comforts including air-conditioning and nine private cabins, is ideal for couples or twin share (ask about our private charters).

Prosail Whitsundays

Multiple Locations
Prosail Whitsundays run maxi yacht sailing adventures around the magical Whitsunday Islands. By day visit the famous Whitehaven beach, Hill Inlet lookout, multiple snorkelling locations (including the outer reef if weather permits) and bush-walks while in-between experiencing real adventure sailing.

Charter Yachts Australia

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$550 - 2000
Celebrate life with Charter Yachts Australia by choosing a skipper yourself bareboat charter vessel. Start your journey from Coral Sea Marina, Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island in The Whitsundays. Do you have basic boat handling experience or a willingness to learn?

Two Day One Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

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Have you tried overnight sailing around the islands of the Great Barrier Reef? If you are short on time or on a budget, then this is the option for you. Tick off all the highlights over two full days and one night under the stars of the Southern Cross.

Adventure Catamarans and Yachts - ISail Whitsundays

Multiple Locations
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.

Cumberland Charter Yachts

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$525 - 2500
Skipper yourself and guided bareboat yachts, catamarans and motor cruiser hire in the Whitsunday Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. With a passionate commitment to environmental best practices and professional standards.

Salty Dog Sea Kayaking

Multiple Locations
Join the Salty Dog team for an unforgettable experience on one of their fully guided trips or extended expeditions. Explore the islands by joining a guided short or extended tour or let them customise one to suit you or your group's special requirements.

Kiana Sail and Dive, Outer Great Barrier Reef and Islands

Multiple Locations
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.

Fat Frog Beach Cafe

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Fat Frog Beach Cafe is known as one of Airlie Beach's most loved local hangouts. Busy and bustling, with an atmosphere that is funky, friendly, unique and quirky. You'll find an eclectic team who truly delight in creating an atmosphere that is genuinely warm and welcoming.

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.
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