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Things to do in the Whitsundays for families

There are plenty of things for families to do while in the Whitsundays! We have created a great list to inspire you while travelling to this beautiful part of the world.

Outer reef, family pontoon

1. Visit the Outer Reef

The Whitsundays are found within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and are a few hours' boat ride from the Outer Reef, which is different than the inner fringing reefs. You can enjoy a fun family day to the Outer Reef and take advantage of plenty of fun activities on a pontoon located on Hardy Reef! From here you can snorkel from the edge of the pontoon, check out the underwater viewing chamber, go on a semi-submersible boat, or relax in the shade back on deck! It's a great place for the whole family and gives you the freedom to enjoy several activities from a stationary platform. 

Families Reef Pontoon

2. Sail the islands for a day

The Whitsundays are one of the best places to sail in the world! Take the whole family along and enjoy the thrill and excitement of real sailing in one of Australia's most beautiful destinations. Day trips that are great for the family include the Australian classic Southern Cross and the fun tallship Providence, among several others that hoist the sails daily and tour the Whitsunday waters! 

Sailing the Whitsundays Family

3. Spend time at Airlie Beach Lagoon

Airlie Beach Lagoon is the gem of Airlie Beach. Free to use and open to the public, it's a great way to spend a day or two in Airlie Beach! The man-made lagoon is located on the foreshore and has great views of the harbour and surrounding areas. You can have the ocean experience, without the worry! There are lifeguards on duty during open hours and facilities such as bathrooms and change rooms.

Airlie Beach Lagoon, Family things to do whitsundays

4. Go on a family hike or walk

The Whitsundays has many great hikes and walking paths of different lengths and difficulties that offer a good way to spend family time! Take the family along and enjoy trekking through the bush, exploring along the foreshore or walking on the boardwalk! There are several bushwalks on the mainland and islands, as well as easier options such as walking tracks and paved pathways, making this outdoor activity suitable for everyone.

Family Hikes Airlie Beach

5. Go on an overnight boat trip

There are many overnight trips that visit the Whitsunday Islands to explore and enjoy the beauty they have on offer. With snorkelling, Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, scuba diving and more on the agenda, there is a tour suited for every family group! Overnight sailing tours include small-group sailing ship Prima, action-packed Entice and the majestic Alexander Stewart, plus many other family-friendly trips you can choose from!

Mi Lady Family Sailing Whitsundays

6. Day Trip Around The Island Resorts

One of the famous drawcards for the Whitsundays has forever been the stunning Island resorts. The best part is, you now don't even need to break the bank on a few nights accommodation to enjoy the island life. The Three Island Cruise makes that not only possible but affordable too. This family-friendly cruise features Daydream Island, Hamilton Island and also gives you a few hours relaxing at the south end of Whitehaven Beach. If you're short on time and would like to make the most of it, this is the option for you. 

Daydream Island Resort

Ask your agent about age restrictions to make sure your tour of choice is suitable for your family group. Click to chat or call us at +61 7 4914 2425 to plan the ultimate trip to the Whitsundays.

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