From cruising around the beautiful Whitsundays to enjoying a lazy afternoon at Whitehaven Beach. From marvelling at the colourful reefs of the Great Barrier Reef to being charmed by the swirling waters, you'll never run out of things to do on your holiday to the Whitsundays.
Top things to do in Whitsundays
If you're looking for paradise on Earth, your search stops with Whitsundays. Whether you're looking for a relaxing getaway or an active holiday with lots of hiking and bushwalking, Whitsundays won't disappoint. Here are the top things to do in Whitsundays.
Explore Whitsundays with SeaLink
The true beauty of the Whitsundays can be experienced only through a day of cruising around the islands. As you reach the pristine Whitehaven Beach, your eyes are not prepared for the untouched beauty, the turquoise waters against the swirling pure white sand. Breathtaking will seem like an understatement.
SeaLink’s Big Island Day Tour
The SeaLink Big Island Day Tour is a one-of-a-kind experience that takes you to places that no other Whitsundays Island tour does. You will cruise in air-conditioned comfort on a catamaran complete with modern facilities, gourmet lunch, and morning and afternoon tea with a side of unparalleled views of the beautiful islands. You will see popular spots like the Hill Inlet, South Molle Island, and Hook Island.
The tour departs Shute Harbour, which is located 10kms from Airlie Beach on the mainland.
Here are some of the spots you’ll see during the SeaLink Big Island Day Tour:
While there are many things to see and experience on the Whitsundays islands, these are just some of the most iconic attractions covered by the Big Island Day Tour.
This beautiful lookout is one of the jewels of Whitsundays. And the best part? No two visits are the same as the tide flows and swirling sand keeps shifting shape. The lookout is situated on a short uphill bush walk, which is easy for all ages. If you’re in Whitsundays, you’d not want to give this one a miss. It’s one of the most ‘Instagrammed’ locations in the region and for good reason.
This beach is a personification of heaven on earth. Named aptly, the beach covers 7km in length and is composed of 98% silica sand, which makes it one of the purest sands on Earth. Pack in your bathers and enjoy a day swimming in the clear waters for an unforgettable experience. You can even hike to the Southern Lookout and take in the views of Whitehaven Beach and the surrounding islands. The day tour provides stunning views of the many picturesque islands that make up the Whitsunday region. Make sure to get your cameras ready and click away. There’s a lot of beauty to take in a single day.
Looking to get to Whitehaven Beach directly? Our newly launched half-day Purely Whitehaven tour is your best bet. Pick from either the morning or afternoon departure and reach Whitehaven Beach directly so you can spend more time doing what you love.
Daydream Island is one of the seven islands that make up the Molle Group of Islands. It is also one of the few inhabited islands in the Whitsundays. Known for its sparkling bays, secluded beaches, and rainforests, the island’s natural beauty is unparalleled.
South Molle Island
This hilly island is home to many bays and inlets. The island is popular for its hiking and cycling trails.
This is the second-largest island in the Whitsundays. It is quite rugged and features inlets and fjord-like recesses.
Hiking in the Whitsundays
There is a lot of unspoiled nature to see and experience in Whitsundays. You can take in the never-ending views on many of the hikes across the region.
As part of the Big Island Day Tour, you have the option of including two easy walks to bucket-list viewing platforms at The Hill Inlet and the Whitehaven Beach Lookout. The Hill Inlet lookout is an easy 15-minute walk to the viewing platform where you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the Whitsundays. And the Whitehaven Beach Lookout is slightly longer and steeper but with stairs. Both are suitable for people across age groups and fitness levels.
The Whitsundays Great Walk starts from Brandy Creek and goes all the way to Airlie Beach – it covers around 28km. There are 3 camping grounds, toilets, and water tanks along the way. For a shorter distance, you could opt for the Honeyeater lookout walk, which is around 8km but has a few steep and challenging terrains along the way. If you are looking for a hike that your family can enjoy, check out the Airlie Creek Walk, which is less than a kilometer and promises lush green tropical rainforests, waterfalls, and creeks during the rainy season.
Scenic flight over Whitsundays
Enjoy a bird's eye view of the Whitsundays' 74 islands and one of the most photographed spots on the Great Barrier Reef – the Heart Reef.
Water-based activities on Whitsundays
From jet-ski to kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding to fishing, there are so many water-based adventure activities to get your heart pumping. Head down to Airlie Beach and take your pick.
Whether you're planning a romantic getaway for two, a family holiday, or a memorable trip with your friends, Whitsundays is your perfect bucket-list destination in Australia. And the best way to explore the top attractions in the Whitsundays is with SeaLink's Big Island Day Tour. It's one of the top-rated experiences in the Whitsundays - don't take it from us, here's what our guests had to say.