The Whitsundays Number #1 Guide for Things To Do

Top Ten Things To Do In THe Whitsundays

Before we start our Top 10 Things To Do In The Whitsundays, Did you know that The Whitsundays has 74 islands that lie between the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia and the Great Barrier Reef?

We know what you’re thinking—that’s a lot of land to explore… and trust us, it’s worth every minute.

This post is your ultimate guide to the Whitsunday Islands and everything they have to offer—if you’re wondering which places are worth setting foot on, or how to even get to them, then read on.

Airlie Beach And Hamiltion Island

The first places you’re going to want to check out are Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island—and the main reason for this is because if you plan on visiting the Whitsundays, you’re going to need to fly into either of these places first.

Once you’ve landed, there are plenty of charters and airport shuttles that can get you around and about. If you’re flying into the mainland, you’ll need to commute to Airlie Beach before you can really drop your bags, kick back and relax. Thankfully, everything you’ll want to see and do is within walking distance once you get here—so any restaurant, spa, or marina you need is just a short, ten-minute walk away.

If you’re flying to Hamilton Island on the other hand, you’ll still have access to tours and islands, but you’ll be a short trip away from the mainland. Not to worry though—Hamilton Island has all its own facilities and accommodation options, and it’s hardly a place you’ll feel isolated at with the amount of luxurious islander destinations and activities on your doorstep.

Whitsundays To Everywhere can get you from Whitsunday Airport to Airlie Beach, and Cruise Whitsundays has daily ferries that can chauffeur you to and from Hamilton Island (as well as other places).

Top Ten Things To Do In The Whitsundays



Once you’re here in The Whitsundays, you’ll need a place to stay—and there are plentiful options for the choosing.

Backpackers can party and rest at a number of places including Magnums, Beaches Backpackers and Base Backpackers Airlie Beach.

Couples, solo travellers and families can explore a wide range of accommodation options—including self-contained holiday apartments such as Pinnacles Resort, affordable hotels such as Coral Sea Resort and Peppers Airlie Beach, or luxurious resorts and villas such as Qualia, Palm Bay Resort, and InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

Unique Locations

Of course, if you plan on visiting The Whitsunday Islands, you’ve probably heard about some of our most exciting destinations such as Whitehaven Beach (situated on Whitsunday Island) and Heart Reef (located in Hardy Reef). Both of these places, as well as fringing coral reefs, pristine snorkel spots islands and sand banks can be visited or sighted on a number of local tours.

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Here are your NUMBER #10 Top Things To Do In The Whitsundays

Two Different Locations

1. Snorkel On The Great Barrier Reef

Most tours will take you snorkelling—and most will provide the snorkel gear for you, including ZigZag Whitsundays Day Tour! Some of the best snorkelling locations include Manta Ray Bay (Hook Island), Blue Pearl Bay (Hayman Island), Langford Island, Hardy Reef, and Peter Bay.


 2. Spend A Morning Kayaking

Kayaking is such a refreshing and fun way to start any day—and multiple places will allow their guests to use their kayaks at any time. A couple of these places include Palm Bay Resort Whitsundays (located on Long Island) and Stand up paddle and Kayak in Airlie Beach


3. Visit Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet Lookout

If you visit The Whitsunday Islands and you don’t go to Whitehaven Beach, what are you even doing? It’s only the most incredible beach ever—with 97% pure silicon white sand so soft it actually feels like walking on flour, and the most beautiful swirling sands and crystal-clear ocean waters!


4. Visit The Airlie Beach Markets

The Airlie Beach Markets happen every Saturday and they’re full of stall owners who have local wares to sell. It’s the perfect place to pick up a unique, handmade souvenir and enjoy some local cuisine.


 5. Take A Seaplane Or Helicopter Tour Over The Reef

Air Whitsunday can take you on a scenic flight over the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef (where you can also get a stunning air view of Heart Reef). Experience the Whitsundays like no other!


6. Swim At Airlie Beach Lagoon

The Airlie Beach Lagoon is free for all visitors to swim at, and it’s the perfect spot to spend a day out. Built on a raised breakwater, it offers a stunning view of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands—as well as BBQ facilities, a playground, and multiple cafes, restaurants and stores nearby.


7. Enjoy A Rejuvenating Spa Day

There are plenty of spas in The Whitsunday area—including Airlie Day Spa, Elita Day Spa (located on Daydream Island), Serenity Spa, and Spa Qualia (on Hamilton Island). Imagine getting massaged surrounded by natural, tropical rainforest and feeling the salty air on your skin after a day of pampering and treatments? Ahh…


8. Go On A 2-Day, 2-Night Cruise

There are a number of boats that do overnight cruises—including the Freight Train Whitsundays. These tours are heaps of fun for backpackers as they offer lots of activities, social sailing, and exploration of the islands.


9. Take A Segway Tour Of Airlie Beach

If you want a tour of Airlie Beach, this is the most exciting way to do it! Segway tours go for a couple of hours and they take you all around the boardwalks and paths—you’ll even get to stop for lunch at a delicious cafe!


10. Play Golf At Hamilton Island Golf Club

This 18-hole golf course is said to be one of the most challenging in the world. Built on Dent Island and designed by five-time British Open winner Peter Thomson, this course is both challenging and beautiful.


If you’re ready to embark on your adventure of The Whitsunday Islands, then head here to book your first tour:

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