Your Whitsundays experience starts here...

By Land

The Whitsundays Coast and Hinterland is home to several towns, lush coastal vegetation and diverse landscapes. You can explore the region by car and visit the beautiful seasonal waterfall, Cedar Creek Falls, just twenty minutes from Airlie Beach, or travel further inland through Proserpine to have a picnic and throw out a fishing line at Peter Faust Dam. Go crocodile spotting in the Proserpine River or see Airlie Beach from a new perspective and take a segway tour along the boardwalk or through the rainforest in Conway National Park.

For the adventurous traveller with more time, drive further north to Bowen at the Top of the Whitsundays, or head west and visit the rural mining town of Collinsville with its historical museum. For boutique shopping, visit Proserpine and delight in the town's country-style hospitality.

By Water

To see the best of the Whitsundays, take to the water and experience the amazing azure bays and beaches for yourself! The Whitsundays is world-famous for its clear aqua waters and iconic landscapes including Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, and the perfectly shaped natural formation of Heart Reef. With 74 island wonders to explore, there are endless possibilities for making the most of your next escape to the Whitsundays.
At secluded coral beaches, you can splash about in warm waters which stay a tropical 26 degrees all year round. You can hire a boat and go sailing, or paddle along the coastline in a kayak or stand-up-paddle board. The Whitsundays offers some of the world’s best sailing, so charter a boat and cruise the islands, enjoying the beautiful sunsets. Or for more adrenalin-pumping action, you can join a jetski, powerboat or rafting tour and skim across the water at high speed, or take a scenic flight and soar above the islands and Reef from the air. 

Swim, snorkel and scuba dive with thousands of brightly coloured fish and the diverse corals of the outer Great Barrier Reef, and witness diverse marine life including humpback whales, dolphins, turtles and dugongs. You can even see marine wildlife like turtles and stingray while snorkelling off the beach at the fringing reefs which surround most of the 74 islands of the Whitsundays. Or for a wildlife tour with a difference, go crocodile spotting on the Proserpine River.

By Air

In the heart of the Great Barrier Reef lies the Whitsundays, 74 island wonders set in the tropical warm waters of the Coral Sea. The Whitsunday islands are the largest group of offshore islands in Australia and the region's sparkling azure seas are dotted with an array of national park islands, coral cays, fringing coral reefs and stunning beaches.

The Whitsundays are a world of tropical wonder. The vibrant colours of the magnificent Great Barrier Reef and tropical rainforest provide plenty of scope for activity and adventure. This is the destination for amazing experiences, such as the exhilaration of soaring over one of the world's most stunning natural attractions, the Great Barrier Reef, from the air.

Experience this for yourself with a scenic flight over the romantic natural formation of Heart Reef on the Great Barrier Reef. Pair this with a flight over Whitehaven Beach and the spectacular Hill Inlet and go home with your very own set of postcard-quality photographs. You can add in a scenic flight as an addition to another activity, or if pressed for time, see the highlights of the Whitsundays in just a few hours from the windows of a seaplane, light aircraft or helicopter.

For those wanting even more action and adventure, you can skydive over Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands and enjoy the views from a unique perspective!

Eco Tours

Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that foster environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.

The Whitsundays has many high quality experiences in natural areas that showcase unique Australian environment and wildlife. Australia’s Eco Certification program recognises tourism operators who provide genuine environmentally friendly tours, attraction and accommodation products.

Operators are assessed on their economic, environmental and social sustainability and ecotourism principles such as business ethics, responsible marketing, contribution to conservation and working with communities. There are three levels of accreditation available: Nature Tourism, Ecotourism and Advanced Ecotourism. Look for the logos with the operators you are considering.


Bareboating (skipper yourself) sailing is the kind of holiday that gets addictive and many travellers come back year after year, hire the same boat again and visit the 74 islands of the Whitsundays. Firstly, bareboats really aren't bare at all - it's like hiring a houseboat. You can hire a fully equipped, and generally rather luxurious, vessel for a week or so of sailing in the Whitsundays, where you get to 'skipper yourself' and choose your own course for the duration of your holiday.

Imagine waking up in a secluded bay, framed by the beaches and trees of an uninhabited island. You can don your wetsuit and fins, grab a snorkel and goggles and hop in the water for a quick snorkel before breakfast. Someone might turn on the on-board BBQ and whip up some bacon and eggs for brekky, before picking up anchor and heading off to the next location for the day. You can visit dozens of superb anchorages where you can snorkel or dive, swim, stop off on the beach for a rest, go for a bushwalk, visit Indigenous Australian caves and check out the spectacular lookout at Hill Inlet, overlooking Whitehaven Beach.

At A Glance

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277 Shute Harbour Road
Airlie Beach, Whitsundays QLD 4802

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