Holidays in the Whitsunday Islands define relaxing in paradise. Take your pick from 74 islands, each boasting endless white beaches and crystal-clear waters, located in the heart of the iconic Great Barrier Reef. Choose to explore an uninhabited island that’s thick with emerald rainforest and stretch out on secluded seashores that are lifted straight from the pages of a glossy brochure.
Begin your Whitsunday holiday with a stay on Hamilton Island, the largest in the archipelago. It’s home to a range of activities and sites to suit every travelling type. Get to know the island on foot and wander along the Resort Lookout trail. You’ll journey through bushland that’s bursting with exotic wildlife before reaching the lookout, which is at the second highest point on the island. Be sure to stop for a moment and drink in the panoramic views of Hamilton and beyond. After your hike, head to the idyllic Catseye Beach and plunge into the warm, aquamarine waters of the Coral Sea.
Experience bliss on Whitsunday Island holidays
For a holiday that combines ultimate relaxation and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, look no further than the Whitsunday Islands. Discover one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and embark on a snorkelling excursion along the Great Barrier Reef.
Swim with fish that dazzle in bright blues, oranges and yellows, and watch as they dart in and out of outstanding coral ecosystems. Be sure to keep an eye out for turtles, dugongs and manta rays. Travellers of all ages will love getting up close and personal with the eclectic marine life.
Escape to Daydream Island to experience utter tranquillity. The remarkable sunsets and unspoilt sands make this tiny island the perfect location for a getaway full of rest and relaxation. Enjoy the flawless vistas as you indulge in some fine dining at one of the resort’s luxurious restaurants.
If you’re feeling adventurous, why not embark on a Whitsunday adventure and go island-hopping? Or you could head to the mainland to uncover the glittering state of Queensland.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Whitsunday Island holidays, with an array of luxury boats and hotels, exquisite cuisine and a host of activities.
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“Do something a bit different and explore Hamilton Island via golf buggy. It’s a great way to discover the island plus it’s fun! Stop off at the One Tree Hill lookout point for amazing views across the neighbouring Whitsunday Islands.”
“Hamilton Island guests can now visit the stunning Heart Island by helicopter and explore the wonders of its reef. Be one of the first to visit Heart Island as before this year, you could only see Heart Reef from the sky.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Whitsunday Island holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
Great Barrier Reef Festival
The Great Barrier Reef Festival is a four day annual event that celebrates the Great Barrier Reef. Held on Airlie Beach, this is a time of full of family fun, with plenty of things to see and do, including workshops, entertainment and street parades.
Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing
Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing is an exciting week-long event held in August. The festival comprises six days of offshore yacht racing and seven nights of entertainment. Be sure to attend the Craft Beer and Fabulous Food Pairing for five courses of delicious food and drink.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Whitsunday Island holiday. Discover our favourite foodie hotspot.
For fresh produce, local and international trinkets and tasty street food visit the Bowen Markets. Spend time browsing over 50 stalls and delight in the live entertainment. Bowen Markets are held every Sunday from 8am to 12pm at Queensland’s Hansen Park.
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