What to do in the Whitsundays

The Whitsundays offer a wide range of outdoor activites for adventurous couples celebrating a honeymoon or romantic getaway.

For a memorable romantic interlude why not charter a chopper and spend a day 'marooned' on an island atoll – just the two of you and a champagne picnic hamper. How good does that sound?

More traditional activies in the Whitsundays include…


As the Great Barrier Reef protects the Whitsunday Coast and islands from ocean swells, the sapphire waters of the Whitsundays are considered among the safest and most beautiful cruising grounds in the world.

So why not charter a yacht (with crew or without) to island hop for a day or longer?

Yacht charter seasons typical run as follows:
High season: from Sept 13 to Oct 13; and from Dec 24 to Jan 7
Mid season: from Apr 1 to Sept 12 and from Oct 14 until Dec 23
Low season: from Jan 8 through to Mar 31.


Strap on your flippers and dive into the warm shallow waters of the Whitsundays to swim among some of the most colourful fish and coral formations found anywhere in the world.

Scuba diving

Experience the thrill of diving alongside green and loggerhead turtles, majestic manta rays, sea snakes and clown fish.

Explore stunning reefs of gorgonia, tabletop and fan coral as schools of black-tipped fusilier drummer and yellowtail fish swim around and above you in the warm, crystal clear water.

Glide around scattered coral bommies with overhangs, swim-throughs and amazing natural grottos.

Whatever your skill level, there’s much to see at the Whitsundays. Local companies cater for every skill level, from novice to dive master, and dive courses are available from operators on the mainland and at some island resorts.


With more than 24 different bushwalks in the Whitsunday islands alone, you're spoiled for choice when it comes to exploring both the mainland and the rugged, densely vegetated islands in the Whitsundays.

On Whitehaven Island, try the Solway Circuit, a 1.2km return walk from Whitehaven beach uphill to a natural rock platform with spectacular views over Solway Passage and the surrounding islands.

Or take the Whitsunday Peak Track: this 5km return uphill walk from Sawmill Beach day-use area weaves through windblown heaths to the ‘roof of the Whitsundays’, with impressive panoramic views along the way.

On the mainland, take the Whitsunday Great Walk to discover lush rainforest, sparkling creeks and the native wildlife of the Conway Range.

Regarded as one of the six great walks of Queensland, a series of walking tracks takes you through some of the region’s most beautiful natural areas, with breathtaking views over the Whitsunday Islands.

Scenic flights

Get a bird's-eye view of the stunning reef formations from the air in a helicopter fitted with floats or from a seaplane.


Pamper yourself with a revitalising health and wellness experience at your resort’s spa. For sheer indulgence, check out Daydream Island’s award-winning Rejuvenation Spa or Hayman’s Spa Chakra.

The latter offers an exclusive selection of tailored beauty and wellbeing programs, with 13 individual treatment rooms including a dedicated wet treatment room, a relaxing hydrotherapy area, saunas, steam rooms and a state-of-the-art hair salon incorporating special occasion make-up.

Game fishing

Hook up a charter for some of the best game fishing in Queensland. Cruise out to the rich waters of the outer Great Barrier Reef for tuna, mackerel and coral trout, or opt to tag and release sailfish and marlin.

Reef cruises

Explore the islands and Outer Barrier Reef aboard a luxury mini-cruise ship. Choose to cruise for a few days or a week.

Navigate the amazing Reef River – the channel dividing the main reefs – and snorkel and dive at your leisure, dine al fresco and enjoy the creature comforts of a luxury cruiser.

Or take a day cruise out to Knuckle Reef Lagoon, one of the region's most spectacular Great Barrier Reef sites.

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Latest update: Things to do in the Whitsundays: 12 May, 2022