Whitsunday Coast Sights & Attractions

Discover a series of lively towns set along the Whitsunday Coast.


Whitsunday Coast Sightseeing

The Whitsundays offers a choice of must-see attractions for inquisitive couples, including…

Airlie Beach

Bustling and friendly Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsundays, a colourful, cosmopolitan town set on the shores of a palm-fringed beach overlooking the calm waters of Pioneer Bay.

Wander the village streets, enjoy a tropical smoothie along the Esplanade, take in the views on the coastal boardwalk from Airlie Beach to Cannonvale Beach and later cool off with a swim in the vast Airlie Lagoon, which is set in landscaped parkland overlooking the bay.

Browse for local arts and crafts under the palm trees at Airlie’s Saturday market, dine at a gourmet silver service resort or at an al fresco café along the waterfront and party hard in one of Airlie's bars and nightclubs.

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This picturesque seaside town, just 40 minutes drive north of Airlie Beach, offers a paradise of eight award-winning palm-fringed beaches.

With some of the Queensland’s best fringing reefs just a few metres offshore, there are lots of opportunities to snorkel or dive several reefs teeming with colourful tropical fish – don’t miss exploring the pristine fringing reefs off Horseshoe Bay.

Scuba diving and guided snorkel tours are available from dive companies located at Horseshoe Bay and Murray Bay. Or cast a line for fish along the reef, from the beach or in the estuary.

Inland, go bushwalking or horseback riding through the rugged countryside and discover a landscape of eucalypt forests, dry creek beds and cattle-grazing pastures.

Head to the old mining area of Collinsville and explore the Coal Face Experience museum. Don’t miss the tropical delights of a Bowen mango or a wander around Muller’s Lagoon, a picturesque parkland of 23ha in the centre of town with a superb botanical gardens and wetlands habitat.


Explore streets lined with a variety of country shops, cool off with a cold beer and fill up with a typical country-sized Australian counter lunch at one of the pubs.

Take a sugar tour at the Proserpine Sugar Mill and step back in time at the Proserpine Historical Museum.

For sailing and fishing, head upstream to Peter Faust Dam where you can try to land a prize barramundi — the prince of freshwater catches. Or take an eco tour of the Proserpine River to spot estuarine crocodiles in their native habitat.

Shute Harbour

Located 10km east of Airlie Beach, Shute is a hive of marine activity located in a large sheltered inlet flanked by steep, wooded banks.

Climb to the top of Coral Point for stunning views over the harbour, the islands and channels of the Whitsunday Passage.

Explore the Whitsundays

Brampton Island
Daydream Island
Hamilton Island
Hayman Island
Hook Island
Lindeman Island
Long Island
South Molle Island
Whitsunday Island

Latest update about the Whitsundays: 5 May, 2022