Whitsundays attractions things to do & see on holiday.
With the sugar white beaches, miles of coral reefs to dive, colourful tropical fish, lush National Parks and countless islands to sail about, a Whitsundays holiday is the ultimate way to conjure jealousy among your friends and family. DISCOVER AUSTRALIA offers tons of exclusive deals on Whitsunday getaways making it even easier to inspire envy.
Island hoping is perhaps the best way to enjoy a Whitsundays holiday as there are 74 that make up this archipelago. You can choose one of the larger islands to stay on, from which you can catch a ferry or day tour to nearby smaller islands; or if you enjoy being at sea, there are many overnight and week-long cruises that can take you to any variation of the islands that you can think of. The biggest and most often visited of the islands is Whitsunday Island which is a completely uninhabited National Park and home to the iconic Whitehaven Beach. Natural lovers will enjoy South Molle, Lindeman and Brampton Islands for bushwalking, bird watching, and water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling and sailing.
For those in search of a little extra luxury on their Whitsundays holiday, there are a few lavish islands worth at least a visit. Hamilton Island is the most popular offering a wide range of facilities, activities, shops and a marina. The stunning Daydream Island is made up of volcanic rock, coral and dense tropical foliage and offers a great base for water sports, and Hayman Island is often the haunt of celebrities and wealthy expats.
While you're exploring the islands on your Whitsundays holiday, why not head further out to sea for a chance to dive or snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef? Many of the island-hopping cruises include a day to the fringing coral but for a more comprehensive tour you can find charters at head right to the outer reef.
Staying on the mainland is also a great way to explore the Whitsundays and you'll quickly discover Airlie Beach is a popular spot for holidaymakers from all over the globe. Walk through town to absorb the buzz of pubs, trendy shops and hostels, or take a dip in the safe swimming lagoon located in town centre. Airlie beach is a great holiday base for enjoying on land activities such as bushwalking, 4WD tours of the rainforest and national parks, wildlife tours and of course, partying.
The Whitsunday Islands and the Coast offer a wide variety of holiday options for many different types of travellers and whether you are an adventure enthusiast, backpacker, couple seeking a romantic escape or a large family, you will be sure to find something up your alley. There are countless ways to enjoy each beautiful corner of the luxurious and wild Whitsundays and DISCOVER AUSTRALIA's Holiday Packages will help make your perfect getaway hassle-free, affordable and extremely memorable.
While each of the Whitsunday Islands offer their own unique and wonderful holiday experience, a vacation to this remarkable corner of Queensland should include visits to a few different islands. With DISCOVER AUSTRALIA's Whitsunday Island Hoping Package you can enjoy affordable flights from all major cities in Australia and comfortable, centrally located accommodation on various Islands as well as the Whitsunday Coast. The biggest and possibly the most popular of the islands is the namesake Whitsunday Island. WI is a completely uninhabited National Park where you to can trek through the forests along boardwalks to various lookouts as well as the iconic Whitehaven Beach. For more hiking and bushwalking be sure to also visit South Molle, Lindeman and Brampton Islands where you can stop for bird watching and water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling and sailing. There are various sailing trips and cruises that leave from the mainland and visit any combination of islands you can dream of. However, if you'd prefer to spend a night or two at each of the islands that allow overnight guests, DISCOVER AUSTRALIA offers great rates on some of the top accommodations throughout the Whitsundays.
One of the best reasons for visiting the Whitsundays is the Islands' close proximity to the amazing Great Barrier Reef. Book a hassle-free, affordable Whitsunday Reef Exploration Package from DISCOVER AUSTRALIA and enjoy central accommodation, flights and exciting bonuses all bundled together for your next holiday. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living organism in the world and an example of one of the most complex ecosystems readably accessible to the average traveller. When you dive, snorkel or spy on the Reef from a glass bottom boat you will be delighted with such an extensive rainbow of marine life that you will likely want to stay longer. During chartered tours you can learn about each of the interesting plants, corals and creatures you encounter from knowledgeable guides as well as receive some insight into how human activities are affecting the future of the Reef and what can be done to save it.
In addition to the phenomenal scenery, the Whitsundays are a haven for many different, unusual mammals, bird and marine life. Whether you spend your holiday on land or at sea you will be sure to encounter fascinating creatures that call the islands home. With a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Whitsunday Wildlife Package, your next holiday can include all the elements you need to really get to know the local animals without breaking your budget. The Islands of the Whitsundays are a brilliant place for bird watching as many colourful tropic birds fill the trees along walking paths and sneak in for snacks near cafes and hotels. Have a chance at spotting birds like Kookaburras, Rainbow Lorikeets, Curlews, bush turkeys and a variety of birds of prey including masked owls. From the water you have the opportunity explore a habitat of rather otherworldly marine life; many of the fish that live around the islands are quite curious and often come in for a closer look giving you an opportunity to study and even photograph them if you have purchased or rented an underwater camera.
If you feel like staying dry, what better way to spend your holiday to the Whitsundays than exploring the many beautiful beaches found on the coast and around the many islands. Though swimming isn't always safe because of stingers, there are plenty of ways to appreciate the sugar-white shorelines of this Queensland retreat and with a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Whitsunday Beach Holiday Package you can spend more time beachcombing and less time worrying about your budget. One of the most iconic images of the Whitsunday Island is the azure blue water and pure-white sands of Whitehaven beach. The super-fine white sand consists of 98% pure silica and still puzzles experts about its origins as the local sands have a very different consistency. On the mainland the traveller's hotspot of Airlie Beach offers a much needed water retreat with a swimming lagoon pool located on the foreshore. Set in landscaped parkland overlooking the bay, Airlie Lagoon provides stinger free swimming with lifeguard attendants and a children's pool. Many of the central accommodation options available through DISCOVER AUSTRALIA's Beach Holiday Package also feature there own pools, spas and saunas that will make your beach vacation even more enjoyable.
There are not too many destinations in Australia that are more romantic than the Whitsundays and of course a romantic holiday to a place like this comes with a not-so-lovable price tag. However, with DISCOVER AUSTRALIA's affordable Whitsundays Honeymooner Packages you can put your wallet worries aside and treat your new bride or groom to a honeymoon that they will never forget. With our hassle-free packages, just select your flight and choose from a range of intimate holiday options to suite your unique interests as a couple. Spoil yourself with a 5 star luxury hotel, couples spas, candle-lit dinners and island cruises, or if you are the adventurous type, why not get to know the islands and each other better with a package that puts you close to nature and leaves you long days for explore the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.