You will never run out of things to do in the Whitsundays with the Great Barrier Reef diving a favourite. Why not charter a private boat and spend the weekend sailing the Whitsundays on a romantic break, or even charter a private seaplane for the ultimate getaway.
Discover the mystical sea life below the water with a scuba or snorkelling tour, or stay above with a jet ski adventure or a cruise to Whitehaven Beach - recently voted the most beautiful beach in Australia. In addition, if you're looking for more information on what to do in Queensland as a whole, be sure to check out our state page!
Useful Information for Visiting the Whitsundays
It is easy to see why the Whitsunday Islands are considered an unforgettable experience. Located at the heart of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef, and offering something for everyone, regardless of their budget, this is a once in a lifetime experience. With spectacular weather, warm inviting waters and a plethora of attractions, many people vow that this is the type of place that stays with you even after you have left it.
- Emergency (Police, Fire & Ambulance): 000
- International dialing code: +61
The weather in the Whitsundays is a perfect subtropical climate all year round. Even during winter the days are sunny and warm, although the weather does tend to get cooler during the evening and night.
Spring: between the months of September to November the weather ranges between 19C to 29C.
Summer: between the months December to February and usually is around 24C to 30C.
Autumn: between March to May, temperatures vary from 20C to 29C.
Winter: between June to August temperatures can vary between 16C to 24C.
Surf and Sun Safety
Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world so it can be tempting to throw caution to the wind. Always play it safe by swimming between the red and yellow flags in beaches that are patrolled by lifeguards. Protect your skin from sun damage by following the simple Slip, Slop and Slap rule- Slip on a shirt, Slop on some sunscreen and Slap on a hat.
ATMs are easily found around Airlie Beach as well as attached to most major banks. Most places accept the major credit cards, American Express, MasterCard, Diners Club and Visa. Keep in mind that smaller establishments may accept only cash. Currency can be converted at the bank.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Address: 26 Main Street, Proserpine
Phone: 07 4945 1555
Address: Shop 32 Whitsunday Shopping Centre, Cannonvale
Phone: 13 13 14
Address: 34-38 Herbert Street, Bowen, Whitsunday
Phone: 4945 2289
A 10% Goods and Services Tax is added to most items that you purchase and is included in the display price. Visitors to Australia may be issued a refund at the airport for the GST of goods over $300 purchased within 30 days of leaving Australia.
For more details, consult the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Ph: 1300 363 263
Tipping is not expected in Australia. However, if you experience really good service and want to show your appreciation, 10% of the bill is an acceptable amount for a tip.
The Standard time zone in the Whitsundays is GMT +10 hours.
The minimum age for the purchase and consumption of alcohol is 18. Minors will not be permitted to enter a bar if not accompanied by an adult.
Smoking is prohibited at indoor public places and cigarettes will not be sold to minors.
Airlie Beach day/night Chemist
Phone: (07) 4946 7000
Whitsunday Coast Chemist
Address: 39 Main Street, Proserpine
Phone: (07) 4945 3333
- Whitsundays Visitor Information Centre
Phone: 1300 717 407