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What to do in the Whitsundays

It can often be a bit overwhelming trying to decide what to see and do while on holidays in the pristine piece of the paradise. Land, Sea or Air…. where do you start? We have put together a list of ideas for you to get started on your wish list and are always available to chat and get a locals insider track on up coming events.

What To Do

  • The Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world. Experience it by snorkelling or marvel at it from the air.
  • Whitehaven Beach, voted one of the world’s best beaches
  • Sailing charters taking you on bright sunny day adventures in the Coral Sea
  • Reef and game fishing trips
  • Scenic flights over the reef and islands
  • Diving, whether that’s from 10,000 feet or 10 feet under
  • Sea kayaking
  • Horse riding through bushland
  • Reviving your senses in natural forest on the Whitsundays Great Walk or atop the island peaks.

On The Water

Australia’s beaches are among the best on the planet and according to a new global list, there’s one spot in the world that’s even better.

Whitehaven Beach on Queensland’s Whitsunday Island came in at No. 2 in the world.

This infamous beach leaves everyone who visits completely obsessed, with jaw-dropping turquoise waters and silica soft sand. Plus, the average temperature is 27 degrees, year-round. Which means when it’s Winter in Sydney, it’s still perfectly warm up here.

There are numerous tour operators in our area and we recommend Cruise Whitsunday for variety, professional service and affordable family rates.

Great Barrier Reef and Heart Reef

Snorkelling or diving on the outer Great Barrier Reef amongst schools of fish and plentiful coral is the highlight for many visitors. Why not combine a day trip to a snorkelling pontoon with a flight over Heart Reef, or fly by helicopter or seaplane from Airlie Beach.

Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet

Consistently voted as one of the best beaches in the world, Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island is a 7 kilometre stretch of pure silica white sand, with the spectacular Hill Inlet marking its northern end. There are a number of ways to enjoy the beach, including tour boat, helicopter or seaplane.

74 Whitsunday Islands

The islands offer a choice of a number of resort destinations as well as the chance to visit a number on day trips.


The Whitsundays is synonymous with spectacular sailing opportunities around the islands, with many places to explore. The Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island race weeks held on consecutive weeks each August attract sailors from around the world.


The waters around the Whitsunday Islands provide a great location for recreational fishing, with Coral Trout and Sweet Lip being usually plentiful. For the more adventurous go further to chase the big game fish.

In Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach Lagoon is a great place to take a picnic lunch and enjoy the cool waters of this man made lagoon precinct.

There is also the new play ground on the foreshore sure to keep the kids entertained for hours and the Airlie Beach Markets every Saturday from 8am until around noon on the foreshore.


Bicentennial Walkway
3.7km walk along the foreshore in front of the hotel to Cannonvale Beach through Abell Point Marina and Shingley Beach, with magnificent views over the Coral Sea

Airlie Creek Walking Track
850m walk up a mostly gentle slope (return by same track), with the chance to view unique flora (Whitsunday Bottle Tree) and fauna (Proserpine Rock Wallaby)

Whitsunday Great Walk
(30kms over 3 days between Airlie Beach and Brandy Creek)

Surrounding Areas

Shute Harbour
15 minutes by car or bus- ferry terminal for a number of islands, including Hayman, Hamilton and Daydream as well as the base for supply boats to many of the Whitsunday Islands

25 minutes by car- regional centre with sugar mill, coffee plantation and tours of Proserpine River for crocodile spotting or barramundi fishing on the Proserpine Dam

60 minutes by car- wide streets and colonial buildings were the setting for movie ‘Australia’; Horseshoe Bay and Flagstaff Hill Lookout

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