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 National Parks

National Parks

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Rugged ranges meet aquamarine waters, with jewel-green islands studded on the horizon. Unique and spectacular National Park is waiting to be discovered in the Whitsundays. Six National Parks covering 70 of the 74 islands protect the Whitsundays’ wildlife, plants and scenery.




Many walks ranging in length and endurance can be found on the islands and on the Whitsunday Coast, with detailed maps and camping permits available to assist your journey.


Whitsunday Great Walk


The Whitsunday Great Walk takes you on a 30km journey through Conway State Forest starting at Brandy Creek (approximately a ten minute drive from Airlie Beach) and finishing in Airlie Beach, combining lush rainforest with magnificent views.


Ngaro Sea Trail


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The Whitsunday Ngaro (pronounced ‘Nah-row’) Sea Trail is a unique blend of seaway trails following the path and history of the Whitsundays traditional owners, the Ngaro people. The trail is the first of the Queensland Great Walks to traverse land and sea, and covers three islands, with picturesque walks across South Molle Island, Whitsunday Island and Hook Island.





Fertile tropical rainforests line the mountains and valleys surrounding the suburban areas of the Whitsundays, and just a short trip off the main road will see you crossing trickling creeks and entering flourishing rainforest.




For those looking to get amongst nature and sleep under the stars, the National Parks of the Whitsundays offer a variety of designated camping spots for you to enjoy the serenity (permits required). Discover some of the ‘off the beaten’ track hidden gems of the Whitsunday Coast, from picturesque views and spectacular waterfalls to the flora and fauna of the rainforest. Many of the Whitsunday islands have designated camping spots. Most are located on desert islands.