The Whitsundays

This network of tropical islands is a dream destination in the centre of the Great Barrier Reef. Sail through crystal blue waters to find some of the whitest sand beaches in the world, and island-hop from one stunning destination to the next. Tours to the islands depart from the idyllic tourist town of Airlie Beach, or you can fly directly into Hamilton Island. Hike through rainforests, swim, snorkel and explore in the unique surroundings. The Whitsundays is the perfect place to lose yourself in an amazing holiday experience.

What to see and do:


Take a cruise out to one of the many reefs and dive in to explore an amazing underwater world. Swim with colourful fish, turtle sand see all of the diiferent species of coral. It’s truly a breathtaking experience.

Discover Heart Reef

The famous Heart Reef lives up to its name. This heart-shaped coral formation is best seen via a scenic flight, where you can also explore the beauty of the rest of the Whitsundays from above.


The Whitsundays has some of the best sailing in the world,  and a voyage aboard a yacht is a relaxing and unique way to experience the best of the region. A sailing tour will offer an opportunity to learn about the area and its flora and fauna from your welcoming local guides, before venturing on to experience them for yourself.


Take a walk along the coastline at Bowen, or take it to the next level on the Conway Circuit, a three day, two night adventure through beautiful rainforests. To spot some wildlife, stroll along Passage peak on Hamilton Island early in the morning, or just before dusk, or venture to Whitehaven beach to feel the sand of one of the most pristine beaches in the world between your toes.

Spot a Whale

Whether it’s from the land or the sea, keep an eye on the horizon during whale season and you’re likely to spot one of these majestic beauties. You might also see a dolphin or a manta ray.

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How to get there:

Fly directly to Hamilton Island from Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney, or Melbourne, or fly into Airlie Beach and board a boat at the Airlie Beach Marina.

Best time to go:

The Whitsunday weather is mild year-round, although the water can get a little chilly in June and July, the coolest months of the year. Be aware that ‘stinger season’ is October to May, and during these warmer months there may be jellyfish about. It is best to wear protective lycra during jellyfish season in order to prevent any stings.

Where to Stay:

Featured Whitsunday Islands Luxury Holidays :

  • InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

    InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

  • qualia Resort

    qualia Resort

Image credit to: Tourism Australia, Tourism Whitsundays, InterContinental, and qualia Resort.