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The Best 10 Things To Do In The Whitsunday Islands

Updated Fri 09 Dec 2022

Two people in camping chairs looking out at Whitehaven Beach

The Whitsundays are home to an abundance of wonders bound to impress and delight visitors. With over 74 Islands surrounded by a vast expanse of the beautiful Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays really is a playground in paradise. To optimise and perfect your time in tropical heaven, we’ve put together the top 10 things to do while you’re in the Whitsundays. From exploring the bright hues of natural fringing reefs to soaring above the clouds, do it all on your next visit to the beautiful Whitsundays! 

Explore Whitehaven Beach

Whitsunday Island National park is home to Whitehaven Beach, a 7km stretch of pure white silica sands, and simply a tropical oasis! With an array of day and overnight boats that will take you out to this breathtaking destination, a trip to the Whitsundays really isn’t complete without a Whitehaven Beach adventure! Dive into the cool turquoise waters, discover hidden beaches and lounge upon some of the whitest sands in Australia. Check out our awesome day and overnight tours that all head out to the stunning Whitehaven Beach!

Two girls sitting with champagne on Whitehaven BEach

Venture to Hill Inlet Lookout

Located north of Whitehaven Beach, the track to Hill Inlet Lookout is a short, light bushwalk up to views of tropical paradise! Renowned as the swirling sands, the outlook from Hill Inlet Lookout is something of a dream! With its ever-changing pattern of bright blue waters and luminescent white sands, Hill Inlet’s panoramas are never twice the same and definitely a must-do on your next trip to the Whitsunday Islands! 

A couple at Hill Inlet Lookout

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is a literal wonder of the world and the largest reef ecosystem in the world! Home to an abundance of colourful marine creatures, vivid corals and extraordinary blue tropical waters, a snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef is an absolutely unforgettable underwater adventure. Whether you’re catching a day trip to the inner fringing reefs or venturing to the outer reef on an overnight sail, you can’t miss a snorkel experience on your next Whitsundays trip!

Snorkelling with fish in the Great Barrier Reef

Book an overnight sail

Craving a getaway into the deep blue? Get a true taste of the Whitsundays with an overnight sailing experience amongst some of the most pristine islands and oceans in the world! With something for everyone, travellers can relax to the sounds of crashing waves against the hull, indulge in a glass of sunset champagne aboard luxury catamarans, and even dance the night away under the stars on our social boats! There really is no better place to unwind and soak up the sun than aboard a multiday island experience.

Powerplay at sea near Whitehaven Beach

Dine under the stars at sea

Alfresco, starlit dining is an impeccably luxurious delight while you’re amongst the Whitsunday Islands… one you simply can’t miss out on! Our array of modern overnight sails and cruise experiences are known for their fantastic, fresh catering, so hop aboard and let us wine and dine you! Your lush island backdrops and starlit sparkling seas add an extra element of utter magic to your evening, so you can sit back and soak up the wondrous nature and lovely company! 

Alexander Stewart Food spread

Take a Scenic Flight over Heart Reef

Head up, up and away with a scenic flight over the dazzling Heart Reef! A stunning and unique way to see the Great Barrier Reef, book your own private charter and take to the skies as you soar above turquoise waters and lush Whitsunday Islands. A fun, unforgettable experience that makes for a perfect family day out, romantic escape or an adventure with your mates! Accompanied by personal in-flight commentary, a scenic flight is an unbeatable way to learn about and witness the natural beauty of the Whitsundays… from above! 

The Whitsundays from above

Visit Hayman Island

A luxury resort in the middle of a tropical haven, Hayman Island is a must-visit spot on your next Whitsunday holiday! The Island itself is quiet, hidden and adorned with flourishing nature walks, hidden bays and brilliant snorkelling opportunities. Enjoy your nights at a luxury resort complete with decadent spas and pools, as you live it up like a celebrity in paradise. Privacy, enchantment and romance await you at Hayman Island!

Hayman Island resort with pool and hotel

Discover an Island Walk

The Whitsundays is brimming with tropical trails, just waiting to be explored! With short, easy walks such as Hill Inlet Lookout, Langford Lookout Track and Haselwood Lookout Track there are plenty of beautiful island walks perfect for the whole family! Or, if you’re an avid hiker, check out some of the more challenging, longer Whitsunday tracks such as Whitsunday Peak Track, Whitsunday Cairn Track, Spion Kop and Chance Bay Track for a naturally rewarding journey!  

Person with a hat and backpack at Spion Kop walk on South Molle Island

Stand-up Paddleboard around paradise

Glide through the pristine Whitsunday waters on the fun, colourful and sturdy water toy… the SUP! A fantastically popular choice for visitors in this gorgeous corner of the world, stand-up paddleboarding is a great way to see the reef, get some light access and have plenty of laughs! Keep an eye out for the bustling marine life below… from curious tropical fish to green sea turtles, you’re bound to encounter some curious sea critters!

Two people on a SUP in the ocean 

Dance the night away on a party boat! 

Dance in the moonlight amongst the Whitsunday Islands with our array of social, lively boats! After spending your days soaking up the sun on Whitehaven Beach, climbing up to Hill Inlet and relaxing in on-deck spa baths, let your hair down and bust out your finest moves! There really is no better party than one out at sea, so grab your mates and make some new ones aboard our variety of fun, social adventures!

People in white dancing on a white boat in the islands

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