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Looking for things to do in the Whitsundays? You'll never run out of activities and relaxation opportunities in this idyllic island chain with the Great Barrier Reef at its doorstep! Renowned as one of Australia's premier getaway hubs, visitors to the Whitsunday Islands can 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 the famed pristine sands of Whitehaven Beach - recently voted the most beautiful beach in Australia. Named Australia's Top Destination to Experience for 2013 and runner-up in 2014 in our public polls, the Whitsundays is true paradise that can all be attained while staying within Australian waters.

Browse our Whitsundays experiences available here - including tours, cruises and more - to book an island adventure online today.

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Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island

Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island

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Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Full Day Tour with Lunch

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Whitehaven Beach Ocean Rafting Adventures
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Whitsundays Scenic Plane Flights

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Whitehaven Beach Sailing Adventure

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Whitsunday Jet Boating Adventure

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Whitsundays Tallship Sailing Cruise and Snorkel Tour
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Whitehaven, Hill Inlet and Dumbell Sailing Trip

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Whitsundays Seaplane Scenic Flights

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Airlie Beach Skydiving
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Whitsunday Island and Whitehaven Beach Half Day Cruise

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Whitsundays Half and Full Day Fishing Charters

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Jetski Tours around the Whitsundays

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Great Barrier Reef Overnight Cruise

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Whitsundays Turtle Bay Wildlife Cruise

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Whitsunday Segway Tours

Whitsunday Segway Tours

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WILD LIFE Hamilton Island

WILD LIFE Hamilton Island

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18 Holes at Hamilton Island Golf Course including Ferry Transfers

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Scenic Flight and Ocean Rafting Package

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Airlie Beach Lagoon

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Whitsunday Airport to Hotel Arrival Transfer

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Whitehaven Beach Speedboat and Snorkel Tour

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The Cedar Creek Falls

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Whitehaven and Whitsunday Island Cruises

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Airlie Beach Esplanade

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Helicopter Tours From Airlie Beach

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Hotel to Whitsunday Airport Departure Transfer

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Sarina Sugar Shed Tours

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Overnight Sail Experience Whitsundays

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Pioneer Bay Sunset Sailing

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Whales in Whitsundays Cruise

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The Bicentennial Walkway

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Hydeaway Bay Beach

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The Conway Circuit

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Whitsundays Fast Boat Tour and 2 Night Accommodation Packages

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Jetski and Jetboat Combo Whitsundays

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About the Whitsundays

When one attempts to conjure up mental images of the perfect Aussie island getaway, Queensland’s Whitsundays chain – with its cavalcade of islands covered in idyllic white sands and surrounded by crystal-clear, reef-rich waters – are always one of the first destinations to spring to mind.

As the 2016 & 2013 winner of our Australia’s Top 10 Destinations to Experience public poll, and runner-up for 2014 and again in 2015, the archipelago is a much-acclaimed escapist destination that symbolises what an island getaway is all about. With a postcard-perfect scene awaiting around every corner, it’s a favoured destination for honeymooners and regular holidaymakers alike.

With the many and varied natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef at their doorstep, the majority of the Whitsunday‘s individual islands (“officially” numbering 74 in total but in reality much more) are a paradise in and of themselves. From Hamilton to Hook and everywhere in between, travellers to the Whitsundays can expect a bevvy of marine and beach-based entertainment and leisure options along with a healthy dose of relaxation amongst picture-perfect surroundings. This is a luxurious destination that offers a climate and atmosphere similar to that of international destinations such as Fiji without much of their excess humidity.

If you’re dreaming of white, sandy beaches, crystal blue water, diving amongst thousands of tropical fish or sailing within one of the most beautiful archipelagos in Aussie waters, the Whitsundays check every possible box. For more info on the Whitsundays, check out our most popular Whitsundays travel articles below.

Top 10 Things to do in - Whitsundays and surrounds

Whitehaven Beach
#1
Outer Reef Platform
#2
Scenic Flight
#3
Ocean Rafting
#4
Daydream Island
#5
Hamilton Island
#6
Sailing
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Jet Skiing
#8
Long Island
#9
WILD LIFE Hamilton Island
#10

1. Visit Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island

Location:Whitsunday Island, Whitsundays

Considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in the country, Whitehaven is a staple of brochures, posters, and other marketing materials used to promote Australia's natural beauty all over the world, and with good cause. This is not just some tiny isolated cove that happens to be ideal either; Whitehaven Beach stretches out over 7 kilometres along Whitsunday Island, meaning that even when travelling during peak times it will rarely be crowded enough to ruin the atmosphere.

2. Dive the Outer Reef with Cruise Whitsundays

Location:Maritime Terminal, Port of Airlie, Airlie Beach

As the largest and most experienced cruise operator in the Whitsundays region, Cruise Whitsundays provide a proven and comfortable method for getting there, with a pair of reef pontoons moored at Hardy (ReefWorld) and Knuckle Reefs operating as floating activity platforms. These pontoons serve as a base of operation with the luxury of being surrounded by pure reef. It's an interesting contrast of environments as all the conveniences you'll need such as seating, tables, shade and showers are here coexisting right alongside a true natural showcase.

3. Take a Scenic Flight with Air Whitsunday Seaplanes

Location:Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach

Gaining a full level of appreciation for the many colours, shapes and sheer scale of the Great Barrier Reef and its islands is not easy to do in the course of a single holiday, however, when viewed from a few hundred metres above the ground this incredible panorama takes on a whole new life. It's here that local operator Air Whitsundays come in, providing some truly epic adventures above some of the most recognisable and iconic parts of the region, many of the best shots you've likely seen in promotional material showing off the Whitsundays' beauty have been captured on flights just like these.

4. High-speed Adventure with Ocean Rafting

Location:Oceanview Ave, Airlie Beach

Looking for a speedy, and efficient water-borne way to do a tour of the Whitsundays' highlights for groups that manages to simultaneously be scenic and exhilarating? A high-speed trip out on the water with Ocean Rafting should do the trick. Featuring inflatable vessels that put a focus on fun and pack a powerful punch to boot, their lightweight construction coupled with a 450hp engine to make for a thrilling way to zip through these pristine waters.

5. Spend a day at Daydream Island Resort and Spa

Location:5km off QLD mainland, Whitsundays

Part island, part relaxation oasis, Daydream Island is another offering of the Whitsundays that is both easily accessible and a wonderful spot to de-stress. A relatively tiny island at only 1km long, the island is covered by the Daydream Island Resort and Spa complex which offers a place more focused on relaxation and rejuvenation while still providing access to all the beautiful elements of the Whitsundays.

6. Take a trip to Hamilton Island

Location:16km off QLD mainland, Whitsundays

Up there with the most famous islands in the Whitsundays, Hamilton is easy to recommend as one of the best all-around offerings in the chain with a diverse array of accommodation and activity choices available for visitors. It's also the largest developed, and one of the most well-equipped, islands in the Whitsundays in terms of facilities, with plenty of shopping, restaurants and even its own commercial airport.

7. Go Sailing with Sailing Whitsundays

Location:Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach

On the opposite end of the water-exploration spectrum, kicking back and enjoying the atmosphere of a sailing boat is one of the more luxurious ways to take in the spectacular Whitsundays environment – one that Sailing Whitsundays provide to the fullest. Featuring a cavalcade of itineraries, vessel types and sizes and budget ranges, if you're looking to indulge with a high-end yet laid-back cruise experience that can span anywhere from half a day to a one-week epic, they've got an itinerary on offer to suit.

8. Whitsunday JetSki Tours

Location:Abel Point Marina, Airlie Beach

There's something about the feeling of freedom that exploring blue, open seas that are purely exhilarating, and the skis are designed to deal with bumpier conditions, which ensure that the experience can still be fun even when it's choppy on the water. The Whitsunday Jetski Tours team is friendly, fun and energetic, yet still patient enough to deal with nervous or inexperienced riders who may not be too confident in the water.

9. A One-day Escape to Long Island

Location:1km off QLD mainland, Whitsundays

The trip over from the mainland's Shute Harbour to Long Island takes roughly a mere 20 minutes, and upon arrival, you'll be presented with a pretty, National-Park laden piece of island paradise that offers plenty of opportunities for exploration both on and off-shore. It's an island that's far more ideal for those looking for a relaxing getaway€, however, a tranquil atmosphere and a typically smaller number of guests to some of the more robust islands make it the perfect choice to chill out and take things at your own pace.

10. Visit WILD LIFE Hamilton Island

Location:1 Resort Drive, Hamilton Island

While not as large as some of Australia's other zoos, WILD LIFE Hamilton Island is home to all the major species of animals; wombats, kangaroos, crocodiles. Visitors can also hold and cuddle with koalas here which is one of the most popular activities on the island. There are also keeper tours held twice-daily that provide further insight into some of the creatures on display.

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