Welcome to The Whitsundays
Seen from above, the Whitsundays are like a stunning organism under the microscope. Indigo, aqua, yellow and bottle-green cellular blobs mesmerise the senses. Sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef, the waters are particularly perfect for sailing. Seen from afloat in the Coral Sea, any of the 74 islands will hypnotise on approach and leave you giddy with good fortune.Some of the oldest archaeological sites on the east... Read More
Top experiences in The Whitsundays
The Whitsundays activities
Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise to Reefworld
The Great Barrier Reef is truly one of the great wonders of the natural world and a “must-see” for any visitor to the region. Formed millions of years ago, this colorful living reef continues to grow and flourish just off the coast from the Whitsundays. Hundreds of different types of fish and hard and soft coral thrive in the sheltered lagoon.Travel aboard a high-speed catamaran to an innovative reef pontoon featuring a waterslide, interactive underwater viewing chamber, semi-submersible and a spacious sun-deck to lounge on. Discover the underwater wonderland of one of the region’s most acclaimed outer Great Barrier Reef sites. The colorful corals and abundance of marine life will blow you away as you enjoy sheltered snorkeling and diving all year round.Whether you are a first timer or an experienced diver, our fully certified instructors will ensure you have unforgettable dive memories. Diving on the outer Great Barrier Reef is an experience not to be missed!Morning and afternoon tea, and a sumptuous lunch are provided by award winning restaurants from Airlie Beach, taking care to base the menu on seasonality and the best produce available.
Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach
After pickup from your Airlie Beach hotel, you will be taken to the Abell Point Marina North for check-in procedures. After receiving a full safety briefing, depart in a sturdy inflatable raft for Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Islands. A sunshade covers more than 70 percent of the vessel, protecting you from the tropical sun. Choose from two tours below that take you to Whitehaven Beach. Throughout your day, your guide shares informative commentary about the natural world of the reef and islands in this national park. Get direct access to stunning Hill Inlet Beach, and visit special snorkeling spots at nearby islands. See amazing marine life as you snorkel along coral reefs. Beginners and expert snorkelers can both enjoy the provided personal instruction and equipment. Fuel your adventure with a tasty buffet lunch on the beach (own expense), plus cake for afternoon tea. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises
Picturesque Whitehaven Beach is one of the Whitsundays premier natural attractions - five miles (seven kilometers) of glistening white silica sand complemented by crystal clear waters. Located on Whitsunday Island, the largest island in the region, Whitehaven Beach is fully protected and uninhabited due to its National and Marine Park status. Its shallows are graced by various species of turtles, and these ancient creatures are often sighted during daily visits. Swim in the crystal clear waters, take a leisurely walk along the pristine beach, join in the beach games or just relax and soak up the sunshine.
Whitehaven Beach Cruise Including Hill Inlet Walk
After pickup from your hotel, you’ll head to the boat that takes you to Whitehaven Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Whitsunday Islands! Upon arrival, you'll switch to smaller boat and your guide will share the order of the day’s activities (depending on conditions). Your tour will include a cruise along Whitehaven beach to Hill Inlet, where you disembark from the boat. Hear the history of the Whitsundays’ traditional owners, the Ngaro people, as you follow your guide on a leisurely walk (suitable for all fitness levels) to Hill Inlet's lookout point where you will get stunning views! Informative displays along the path detail the history, flora and fauna of this picturesque area. If conditions permit, your boat will take you to nearby Esk Island, a rarely-visited gem with a small reef that is excellent for snorkeling. Snorkeling gear is provided for you to check out the amazing fish and corals! Snorkeling at Esk Island is weather dependent. If it is windy and conditions are not the best, you will be taken to an alternate location for snorkeling.You’ll also spend several hours with a base at the southern end of Whitehaven beach and have free time to do as you wish: take another hike or find a secluded stretch of sand where you can lounge and dip in the sea. Your guide will be available throughout the day to answer questions and provide beach umbrellas, games and a picnic lunch to enjoy at your leisure. Your small group limited to 16 people ensures a personalized experience. At the end of your time on Whitehaven beach, your small group will be picked up by boat. As you return to the mainland, afternoon tea will be served on the boat. Enjoy a cuppa as you relax after your day of beach fun. You’ll be returned to your hotel to end your tour.
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
A visit to cosmopolitan Hamilton Island is a definite Whitsundays must-do! Hamilton Island is the largest island resort in the South Pacific and boasts an exciting mix of things to see and do. Seven pools, boutiques, galleries, bars, a number of restaurants, over 40 optional activities, walking trails and a koala and wildlife gallery are just a few of its features. Picturesque Whitehaven Beach is one of the Whitsundays premier natural attractions - seven kilometres (five miles) of glistening white sand complemented by crystal clear waters. Renowned as one of the top ten beaches in the world, Whitehaven Beach is located on Whitsunday Island, the largest island in the region and is fully protected and uninhabited due to its National and Marine Park status. Its shallows are graced by various species of turtles, and these ancient creatures are often sighted during daily visits.Please note: if you choose to enjoy lunch at Marina Tavern, you will begin your day with a visit to Hamilton Island followed by Whitehaven Beach in the afternoon. If you have chosen lunch at Manta Ray Cafe, you will visit Whitehaven Beach in the morning and Hamilton Island in the afternoon.
Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach Sailing Adventure
Departing from Port of Airlie or Daydream Island, you'll experience the best of the Whitsundays onboard one of the world's fastest commercial sailing catamarans as you sail through Australia's favorite maritime playground.This 'all inclusive' sailing adventure includes morning and afternoon tea, a delicious barbecue lunch, all refreshments while onboard. You'll have time to explore the famous silica sands of Whitehaven Beach and the spectacular Whitsunday Islands National Park. There's also swimming and snorkeling at inner-reef sites amongst colorful marine life (weather conditions permitting).Morning and afternoon tea, a delicious barbecue lunch, and all refreshments are included throughout the day.