Whitsunday Region

Magic in Every Direction

Come and discover the Whitsundays – one fabulous destination, 74 tropical islands and countless holiday experiences. Bordered by the magnificent World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, this unique region needs to be seen: from the air, in and under the water and on land.

It’s not only the islands that offer amazing holiday experiences. On the mainland, the surroundings are just as magnificent, with national park wilderness and relaxed coastal towns surrounding bustling, friendly Airlie Beach on the Whitsunday Coast. Resorts and activities cater to every kind of holidaymaker and include horse riding, sailing, bike riding and various tours.

Take in a bird’s-eye view of the Whitsunday region on board a scenic seaplane or helicopter tour, enjoying unique views of white beaches, fringing dark green islands, that plunge into the turquoise waters of the Coral Sea. Go snorkelling or scuba diving and discover exotic tropical fish and colourful creatures, while exploring delicately detailed coral gardens beneath warm tropical waters. Enjoy a day cruise out to the reef, or stay out under the stars on Reefsleep. Skipper a yacht around some of the best sailing grounds in the world and visit the crystal-clear aqua water and pristine sand of the famous Whitehaven Beach. Alternatively, let the professionals do all the work as you watch the scenery slip by from the deck of a crewed sailing boat.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Get Up Early: Head to the waterfront boardwalk in Airlie Beach to watch the sunrise over the ocean.
  2. Explore the Outer Reef: Spend the day relaxing on a pontoon, or diving and snorkelling around spectacular Hardy Reef Lagoon.
  3. Cruise on Proserpine River: Board a calm-water river cruise through wetlands and mangroves to see native birds and mammals, and wild  crocodiles.

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