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.

Whitsundays - Know Before You Go

Whitsundays know before you go

Good things to know


The Whitsundays is one of Australia’s most spectacular island and coastal destinations.

We welcome you to immerse yourself in the Australian culture and lifestyle in this beautiful location. The natural beauty of the Whitsundays will not disappoint you, but not being prepared for your holiday could. Just a few simple tips will help you to plan your holiday.




The Whitsundays enjoys a tropical climate of hot summers, warm winters and bright spring and autumn days. Average daily temperatures range from just over 21°C in the winter months (June/July) and up to 32°C during the height of summer (December/January). The average year round water temperature remains a welcoming 25°C.

Higher rainfall can be expected during the tropical wet season (February/March) when days can be

steamy and the summer heat is broken by tropical showers.


Aussie Culture


Whitsundays know before you goAussie culture is founded on stories of battlers, bush rangers and brave soldiers; sporting heroes, working heroes and plucky migrants and it’s all about the great outdoors with a healthy helping of irony. Australians believe in mateship and a ‘fair go’ and have a strong affection for the underdog or ‘battler’. Australians have a unique colloquial language which combines many long lost cockney and Irish sayings of the early convicts with words from Aboriginal languages. We often abbreviate words and then add an ‘o’ or ‘ie’ on the end as in ‘bring your cossie to the barbie this arvo’.

Whenever you walk down a street or a beach in the Whitsundays, there will be a friendly Aussie smiling and saying ‘G’day’ and ready to ask how your holiday is going.


Tropical Paradise


Australia’s coastline stretches almost 50,000 kilometres and is linked by over 10,000 beaches, more than any other country in the world. More than 85 per cent of Australians live within 50 kilometres

of the coast, making it an integral part of our laid-back lifestyle. The Whitsundays is home to a stunning array of beaches - from pebbly, broken down coral beaches with fringing coral reefs, to the spectacular white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach.

Australia is the only nation to govern an entire continent and its outlying islands. The mainland is the largest island and the world’s smallest, flattest continent. The Whitsundays is Australia’s largest group of offshore islands, a beautiful collection of 74 tropical islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.


Love it and Want to Stay?Whitsundays


If your holiday to the Whitsundays was so good and you decide you want to stay, the good news is you may be able to. A number of Visa services, employment and education businesses are based in the Whitsundays and can assist you in securing the right permissions to stay, work and live here.

You can also attend an English language school and combine your learning with a part time job or just plenty of sightseeing.


Marine Stingers


Marine stingers may be present in the waters of tropical Queensland year round, with the higher risk season during October - May.

It’s a commonly stated but inaccurate belief that you can’t swim in North Queensland during stinger season. By taking simple precautions to minimise risk you can safely and comfortably swim in all parts of the Whitsunday region.


Wearing a full body wetsuit (or lycra body suit) is just like putting on a seat belt - you do it without thinking and can be comfortable you’re safe. A full body wetsuit also provides good buoyancy in the water and excellent sun protection.

Please ask your tour operator for advice.