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 Land Activities

whitsundays land-based activities

You don't need to step off dry land to indulge in the beauty of the Whitsundays region. The diverse beauty of the Whitsunday Coast is fun to explore and a good break from water based activities if needed. In wet weather (tropical wet season is February/March) there are plenty of ways to keep amused on land if the ocean is too rough and wet.


Experience the natural beauty of the islands and coast on foot through National Park tracks winding their way down to protected coastlines and deserted beaches and up to spectacular lookouts. For a wild adventure head up the Proserpine River on a crocodile safari to encounter some of the 200 estuarine crocodiles, and a land tour taking in a variety of wildlife including the migratory birds of the Goorganga wetlands and waterways. Explore the many boutiques in Airlie Beach, Proserpine and Bowen or browse through the stalls of the weekend markets in each township.


Take time to unwind, refresh and rejuvenate at one of the Whitsundays’ many award winning health spas. Tee off on a range of courses at Proserpine or Bowen on the Whitsunday Coast, South Molle Island (9 holes) and Hamilton Island Golf Club (18 hole championship course).

Go exploring by taking a scenic drive to picturesque hinterland, secluded beaches and beautiful waterfalls.