Sparkling like a diamond in the centre of a coastal necklace, the Whitsunday Islands provide an array of natural treasures, outdoor adventures and pristine beaches perfect for soaking up the Australian sun. Toss your troubles away and take a tour of the tropical Whitsundays to immerse yourself in its idyllic beaches, lush natural parks and the colourful landscape of the surrounding Great Barrier Reef. From snorkelling excursions and island-hopping cruises, to aerial seaplane views and jet skiing, the Whitsundays can be experienced in a multitude of ways.
Don't miss these Whitsundays attractions
- Great Barrier Reef cruises
- Seaplane tours
- Whitsundays island hopping
- Whitehaven Beach
- Crocodile safaris
A place of multiple worlds
Splash into the Whitsundays' underwater world on a scuba diving tour and explore the reef around Black Island and Blue Pearl Bay, or take an excursion out to the impressive Stepping Stones just off Hamilton Island. Dives are offered for all skill levels and tours range from overnight boating and sailing trips, to expert dives off specially made Great Barrier Reef pontoons. Frolic with exotic underwater marine life under the specialised instruction of experienced dive leaders.
Back on dry land, exciting activities await in Airlie Beach, Proserpine and Hamilton Island. Crocodile safari tours from Proserpine offer a chance to see these prehistoric creatures in their natural habitat. Beautiful Cedar Creek Falls swell with rains during the wet season, leading to a spectacular cascading waterfall off the jagged escarpment. On Hamilton Island, interactive wildlife tours promote the conservation of Australia’s unique fauna and flora.
One of the best views of the expansive Great Barrier Reef is from the air. Plane tours are generally combined with skydive or snorkelling expeditions to some of Australia’s most beautiful locations including Whitehaven Beach and Hardy Lagoon.
Equally relaxing are the scenic day cruises that skirt around the islands. They range from overnight trips to week-long adventures and are perhaps the most popular way to tour the Whitsundays. Options include tall ship cruises, ocean rafting, sea kayaking expeditions and dynamic trips out to the reef on high-speed catamarans.