Whitsunday Islands Things to Do

Optional preview menu: Check out the following categories for Things to Do when visiting the Whitsundays (A to Z order) –

  • Adventures & Outdoors
  • Family-Friendly Tours
  • Fishing Tours
  • Great Barrier Reef Tours
  • Multi Island Tours
  • Nature, Wildlife and Parks
  • Night Life
  • Rainforest
  • Scenic Flight Tours
  • Short Tours
  • Thrill-seeker Tours


Adventures & Outdoors

The exquisite natural environment of the Whitsundays means there is a bounty of adventurous or outdoors things to do. When the list includes waterways, rainforest, bush, beaches, islands and the Great Barrier Reef you are sure to find the perfect experience. Depending on your needs, plan for self-guided or let the experts do the work for you and lead you to the best the Whitsundays has to offer. On land you can find drives, hiking, biking, and even segue tours through quaint towns, national parks, rainforest and coastal paradises. Out on the water you can find an A-to-Z list of water activities – kayak, jet ski, speedboat, or sail on quaint, boutique, and luxury boats. Once that list is complete, take to the skies for parasailing, helicopters, seaplanes, aerobatic flights, and skydiving.

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Family-Friendly Tours

The Whitsundays is a family-friendly region that has a wide range of activity choices to excite and educate people of all ages. There are nearby mainland and water-based options that can be relaxing or strenuous depending on levels of enthusiasm. For kids, there are snorkelling, wading pool and beach activities around the islands and a variety of theme parks and fun alternatives at Airlie Beach and nearby towns. Whale watching, fishing, bushwalking and camping are popular.

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Fishing Tours

Fishing is a way of life in the waters off the coast of Queensland. Whether you are a professional, amateur or first-time angler, you can choose from one of many fishing tours or overnight charters, either based on shore, in the waters among the islands, or on the outer reef.

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Great Barrier Reef Tours

Plan your visit to one of the 7 wonders of the world by checking out the range of Great Barrier Reef tour options. Whether on a single day or more, pick your options for seeing the wonders of the reef, its marine life and magical underwater worlds. From diving and snorkelling, to swimming and relaxing on boat decks and pontoons, tours leave from the coastal hub of Airlie Beach and from the marinas of the major Whitsunday islands.

Multi Island Tours

Get the most out of your visit to the Whitsundays by combining your tour options to create the ultimate itinerary. There are single-day and multi-day options that can get you the best value and experiences.

Nature, Wildlife and Parks

Most of the islands in the Whitsundays are part of the national parks system and are rich in natural flora and fauna and native wildlife. Visitors can experience the best of these unique areas by experiencing a range of activities, including bushwalking, camping, mountain biking, kayaking and whale watching.

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Night Life

The action in the Whitsundays doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. There is a great nightlife scene, with locals and visitors heading to the best vantage points on the coast, on boats, or at island beach fronts or lookouts for best views of the setting sun. The mix of backpackers, pubs, bars and finer dining options across coastal towns, on islands and on overnight boat tours, means that the Whitsundays knows how to party and have a good time under the stars.

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Giant rainforest trees and palms are a feature of the Dugong-Sawmill track in the Whitsunday Island National Park which features impressive bush walks. Many of the islands in the region are afforested and inspire visitors to get on a bike or pull on walking shoes and a sunhat to commune with unique tropical nature. Conway National Park on the mainland is a feast of the senses for nature-lovers.

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Scenic Flight Tours

Once you have experienced the wonders of the Whitsundays by diving the turquoise blue waters, strolling the smooth sands, or walking the forest trails, take a look from the air in a seaplane or helicopter. There are many charter flights or shorter scenic trips available.

Short Tours

Make the most of your time in the Whitsundays with many tours running for a few hours or half a day. Look for jet ski hire, jet boats and ocean rafting thrill rides, outrigger canoeing, kayaking, and shorter sailing adventures, and scenic flights. Pop over to an island for a relaxing drink or lunch on the beach or take advantage of island resort facilities like go-karting. There are many choices which appeal to all ages.

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Thrill-seeker Tours

Options abound for adrenaline junkies hitting up the Whitsundays, from skydiving over the islands, to speedboat thrills across the exquisite waters, to scenic and aerobatic flight experiences.