Things to do in Whitsunday Islands

Activities, attractions and tours
Hamilton Island Marina showing a bay or harbour, landscape views and boating

Whitsunday Islands Attractions

Pristine white sands, bright blue waters and rugged, verdant interiors make the Whitsunday Islands some of the most beautiful in Australia. A great destination for yachting, diving and swimming, the islands are the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world and enjoy a more relaxed pace of life. As well as a wide variety of water sports, you’ll also find golf, hiking and adventure sports. Alternatively, you can simply head to one of the island’s picture postcard beaches and find your very own slice of paradise.

Areas & Neighbourhoods on the Whitsunday Islands

Whitsunday Island – The largest island in the archipelago, Whitsunday Island is home to the world famous Whitehaven Beach. Take a boat tour around the island, head to the nearby viewpoint for breathtaking views of the bay or explore the island’s beautiful interior.

Hamilton Island – The commercial hub of the Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island is where you’ll find the best choice of restaurants, shops and adventure tours. Boat trips are available to nearby Whitehaven Beach, the Great Barrier Reef and other isolated parts of the archipelago. You can also hike to Passage Peak, the highest point on the island, or hire a bike and explore Hamilton on two wheels.

Dent Island – A privately owned island close to Hamilton, Dent Island is a great destination for those who enjoy the finer things in life. A new golf course has been built on the island, giving you the opportunity to play a round or two in paradise.

Hook Island – The second largest island in the Whitsundays, Hook Island is largely covered by national park. Go snorkelling off its pretty beaches, see the coral that lives in the warm waters and enjoy the pristine environment.

Things to See on the Whitsunday Islands

The spectacular Whitsunday Islands are a sight in themselves. The archipelago is one of Australia’s most popular attractions and the islands are among the most visited yachting regions in the southern hemisphere. The coral reefs that surround many of the islands are a must see during your visit as are the tropical beaches, rugged peaks and indigo waters of the island group. The most famous stretch of sand in the archipelago is Whitehaven beach. Made up of 98% pure silica, the beach is unbelievably white and incredibly beautiful.

Things to Do on the Whitsunday Islands

Whether you’re looking for an active break or the chance to relax and unwind, the Whitsundays have a choice of activities to suit you. A fantastic selection of boat trips can be found in the archipelago, with excursions taking visitors to the most beautiful and unique parts of the Whitsundays. See what life is like under the waves with a diving or snorkelling trip or hike to Passage Peak on Hamilton Island for panoramic views of the area. For dining and a great choice of adventure activities, head to Hamilton Island, the busiest in the Whitsunday Group.

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Top places to visit

1. Whitehaven Beach

Subtropical Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island is the most famous beach in Queensland and consistently ranks high among the most beautiful beaches in the world. Stroll along the beach, dive in for a swim and let the beauty of the beach rub off on you.
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Stroll along this famous beach on Whitsunday Island to experience its dazzling white sands and gently lapping waters in different hues of blue and green.

2. Catseye Beach

Catseye Beach is a perfect crescent of sand overlooking the royal-blue reefs and forested mountains of Whitsunday Island, making it a popular backdrop for weddings. Regarded as one of Hamilton Island’s premier beach destinations, Catseye Beach is a convenient and scenic spot to spend the day soaking up the sun’s rays or exploring the magnificent shoreline. Swim in the shallows, paddle along the coastline in a kayak, skipper a catamaran or grab your snorkel and mask and discover the picturesque shores of Catseye Beach.
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Swim, stroll, try exciting watersports or simply recline under the shade of palm trees and enjoy the views from one of Hamilton Island’s main beaches.

3. Hamilton Island Marina

The Hamilton Island Marina is a convenient place to launch your voyage into the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands or stopover for a relaxing stay in a waterfront villa. With spacious berths for yachts and super yachts, the marina is fitted out with state-of-the-art facilities and professional boat care specialists. Alternatively, jump on board one of the passenger ferries or charter tours that depart from the Hamilton Island Marina to explore Airlie Beach, Whitehaven Beach, the Great Barrier Reef or the Whitsunday Islands.
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Cruise in for a visit or begin your boating adventure in the Great Barrier Reef from this world-class marina and make use of its fantastic facilities and great dining.

4. WILD LIFE Hamilton Island

WILD LIFE Hamilton Island is a small animal park that serves as a refuge for the local wildlife, including cassowaries, dingoes, crocodiles, pademelons and other species that tend to be tricky to spot in the wild.
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Rise early and have breakfast with the koalas in this compact Australian wildlife park in the stunning Whitsunday Island region of Queensland.

5. Lovers Cove

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Lovers Cove during your travels in Whitsundays? While you're in the area, wander around the parks.
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Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Lovers Cove during your travels in Whitsundays? While you're in the area, wander around the parks.

6. Daydream Island Living Reef

Explore the great outdoors at Daydream Island Living Reef and enjoy the spectacular coral reefs during your trip to Whitsundays. Stroll along the marina or visit the spas in this relaxing area.
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Explore the great outdoors at Daydream Island Living Reef and enjoy the spectacular coral reefs during your trip to Whitsundays. Stroll along the marina or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

7. Palm Bay Beach

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Palm Bay Beach during your travels in Whitsundays? Discover the sunrises in this relaxing area.
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Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Palm Bay Beach during your travels in Whitsundays? Discover the sunrises in this relaxing area.

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