The 74 islands of the Whitsundays lay in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, cradled by the tropical waters of the Coral Sea, a truly remarkable icon of beauty. It is not only the majestic wildlife and breathtaking natural sights that make the Whitsundays one of the best places to go on holiday in Australia, but also the huge amount of things to do in the Whitsundays.


Whether its getting in touch with nature while scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, to relaxing on the silky white silica sands of white sands of Whitehaven Beach, find the best things to do on the islands in our Whitsundays Travel Guide.

Activities in the Whitsundays

The stunning natural beauty of the Whitsundays is intoxicating, breathtaking and dramatic, and there are endless ways to take it in.


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On Land


The beauty of the Whitsunday Coast is diverse, colourful and plentiful. Hikes through tropical National Parks are lush and beautiful, with rewarding views over the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. There is golf, swimming in natural water holes, spectacular waterfalls, secluded beaches and beautiful hinterland. The Proserpine River is home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in Queensland, and croc spotting and wetland wildlife spotting is an adventurous and rewarding exploration. In contrast, Airlie Beach’s man made lagoon is a picturesque and relaxing spot to soak up some sun and cool down in the water, and the main street is dotted with boutiques, day spas, restaurants and bars. Click here for Whitsundays region page.


On A High


Seeing the Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach, the islands and the coastline from the air is simply breathtaking, and gives you a real appreciation of the wealth of beauty the Whitsundays has to offer. Feel like a rockstar as your seaplane or helicopter whisks you over the blue of the seas, the green of the islands, the sparkling white of the beaches and the swirling blues and greens of the reef, or let the fusion of colours calm your nerves before you throw yourself out of a plane and sky dive down towards it. Click here for Whitsundays helicopter & seaplane page.

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On Water


A love of the water is in the blood of Whitsundays locals, and in the blood of all travellers once they’ve visited the Whitsundays. The sparkling azure blue colour is even more beautiful in person than in the pictures, and there’s a myriad of activities to get you out there on it. Jetskiing, parasailing, high speed boats, sailing boats, kayaking and many other recreational watersports are available to enjoy the warm waters of the Coral Sea. Swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving the magnificent fringing coral reefs and outer Great Barrier Reef is an incredible experience, as is seeing the beautiful beaches of the region. Click here for watersports, Whale watching and scuba diving page.