Attractions of the Whitsundays

The Whitsundays is blessed with stunning natural beauty, from islands and reef, to rainforest and sandy coastlines. No matter where you stay, you’ll enjoy the five star natural beauty of the region. Be sure to see:

The Great Barrier The world’s largest living structure and visible from outer space, the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is just a short trip from the Whitsunday Coast and islands. Many people from around the world dream of one day seeing the magical, naturally romantic formation of Heart Reef from the air and scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays is the ideal place to do it with a plethora of options to choose from to get you to this famous world icon.

Whitehaven Beach The crystal clear aqua waters and pristine silica sand of Whitehaven Beach stretch over seven kilometres along Whitsunday Island, the largest of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands. The magical views from the lookout at Hill Inlet have entranced many a traveller. The swirling white silica sands and crystal clear aqua waters create amazing patterns that are different every time you see it. There are many ways to get to Whitehaven Beach for the day, with trips of all kinds departing from Airlie Beach and the resort islands.

Experience the best of the Whitsundays The Whitsundays has an array of amazing experiences for every holiday maker to enjoy, whether you prefer adrenalin and excitement or relaxation and rejuvenation. There are Whitsundays experiences that are social and fun, experiences to help you reconnect with family and partners, experiences to get the adrenalin pumping, experiences to help you relax and unwind and so many more.

Whale season is June – September Whales visit the Whitsundays every year during the winter months, on their annual migration north. From June to September, whales are a common sight frolicking amongst the islands and on the Great Barrier Reef. They return year after year to the Whitsundays to give birth, choosing the warm, calm, protected waters of the Whitsundays as in ideal nursery. See the latest whale encounter video and photos!

Scuba Diving and Snorkelling Coral gardens lace nearly every Whitsunday island, and the Great Barrier Reef is only a short boat ride away. Scuba dive sites are sprinkled up and down the reef and around the islands, abundant with tranquil marine life. If you have always dreamt of scuba diving or snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, let the Whitsundays show you some of the most beautiful dive sites in the world.

Indigenous History Follow in the footsteps of the Whitsundays’ traditional owners, the Ngaro people, along the Ngaro Sea Trail, traversing three islands over land and sea. A highlight is the walking track leading to a sheltered cave on Hook Island in Nara Inlet where you can view Aboriginal rock paintings.

Shopping You may have come for the beautiful scenery, but the Whitsundays shopping, dining and nightlife may just lure you away for longer than you’d expected. Airlie Beach is the hub for shopping and you can buy anything from swimwear and casual beachwear to party frocks and Whitsundays branded souvenirs.

Pamper Yourself, Whitsundays Style There’s nothing like a little indulgence on holidays: a massage, a foot spa, a manicure and pedicure. You could also get your hair done and have a spray tan to complete the “I’ve just been on holidays in the tropics” look. If you happen to find yourself on holiday in a little rain spell, it’s even better as there’s no need to feel guilty about missing hours of sunshine while being pampered indoors at the day spa!

Whitsundays Attraction Types


Farming, Food and Produce

Galleries, Museums and Collections

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations


Landmarks and Buildings

Mining and Industry

National Parks and Reserves

Natural Attractions

Parks and Gardens


Scenic Drives and Walks



Spas and Retreats

Sports and Recreation Facilities

Zoos, Sanctuaries, Aquariums and Wildlife Parks


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