The Whitsundays

the sand between your toes

The 74 magical islands of the Whitsundays is the ideal getaway destination if you are wanting to be impressed by natural scenery. You'll forget about your busy life within minutes of arriving as you lay back on white sandy beaches and cool off in clear blue waters. And you'll struggle to leave the peace and serenity behind. Picture swinging hammocks under palms, tranquil still water, blue skies and a cocktail in your hand. Pure bliss!

Beware of Stinger Season

Planning your relaxing escape to the Whitsundays doesn’t just mean you should focus on school holiday periods, your budget and the weather. Stingers (or Irukandji Jellyfish) should also be a consideration unless you want to haul yourself in and out of a stinger suit whenever you go in the water! Peak season for these little guys is from October through to May. To avoid your risk of encountering a stinger and to experience perfect sunny days, we suggest you book during September when the temperature is mid – high 20’s and the crowds are relatively low (of both people and stingers!).

Whether you're heading to the Whitsundays on a romantic getaway, a party weekend with friends or a family break, it's the type of destination to kick back and soak up the magical atmosphere. Book an all-day island cruise to experience all the Whitsundays have to offer and enjoy a stress-free day on the water.

Top 5 Things to Do at The Whitsundays

1. Swim and relax at the iconic Whitehaven Beach or Airlie Beach for families
2. Experience the underwater beauty and marine life during a snorkel or dive off the Great Barrier Reef
3. Sail around the islands with a group of friends on a luxurious catamaran
3. Hang out on the largest inhabited island of the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island
4. Tie the knot to ensure you have the most picturesque wedding!

4 Must Visit Islands of The Whitsundays

1. Take in the scenery at the family friendly Daydream Island
2. Enjoy the many restaurants, bars, activities and boutique shops of Hamilton Island
3. Chill out at exclusive resort of Hayman Island
4. Snorkel the waters off Hook Island

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Shute Habour Road (cnr Jubilee Pocket) Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Island Gateway Holiday Park provides accommodation for every budget in the tropical surroundings of Airlie Beach, Queensland. It boasts a wealth of facilities including an outdoor pool, half-court ten...more

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6/7 Orana Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Offering an outdoor pool and free on-site parking, Waves is located in Airlie Beach. It is 300 metres from Abel Point Marina. This 3 bedroom apartment boasts a balcony and a spa bath.Ideally located...more
3 star
255 Shute Harbour Road Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Colonial Court holiday Apartments offers beachfront accommodation in the heart of Airlie Beach. Guests enjoy free WiFi and free bicycle hire. All rooms offer a balcony.Colonial Court Apartments is...more
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234 Shute Harbour Rd Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Offering an outdoor pool, Seabreeze Tourist Park is located in Airlie Beach. Free WiFi access is available in this holiday park. The accommodation will provide you with air conditioning and a patio. T...more
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1A Stewart Drive Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Offering an outdoor plunge pool and outdoor shower, the split-level Crusoe's Beach House is located 6 minutes' walk from Cannonvale Beach. Guests enjoy 4 bedrooms and both indoor and outdoor entertain...more
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14 Waterson Way Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
When you stay at Airlie Central Apartments in Airlie Beach, you'll be near the beach and minutes from Airlie Beach Lagoon and Abell Point Marina. This 4.5-star apartment is within close proximity of...more
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10 Hillcrest Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Offering an outdoor pool, Airlie Escape is located in Airlie Beach. The accommodation will provide you with air conditioning. You can enjoy sea view from all the rooms. Extras include a private pool....more
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14 Kara Crescent Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Offering a terrace with an outdoor pool and stunning panoramic sea views, Nautilus On The Hill is located in Cannonvale, in the heart of Airlie Beach.This spacious and tastefully styled holiday home...more
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6 oceanview avenue Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
The Summit is a self-catering accommodation located in Airlie Beach. FreeWiFi access is available. The property is 400 metres from Abell Point Marina and 3.6 km from Whitsunday Art Gallery.Accommoda...more
3.5 star
382 Shute Harbour Road Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
With a stay at Airlie Court Holiday Units in Airlie Beach, you'll be on the Strip and minutes from Airlie Beach Lagoon, and close to Abell Point Marina. This apartment is within close proximity of Bic...more
0 star
11 Altmann Avenue Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Mirage Whitsunday is a self-catering accommodation located in Airlie Beach. The property is 700 metres from Abell Point Marina and 2.6 km from Whitsunday Art Gallery.Accommodation will provide you w...more
4 star
25-29 Shute Harbour Road Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Offering a garden and year-round outdoor pool, BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort is located in Airlie Beach, 4.1 km from Abell Point Marina. Whitsunday Art Gallery is 800 metres from the property.The...more

  • Rated 5 out of 5 by 337
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101 Kookaburra Drive, Cannon Valley Airlie Beach 4800 Australia
Kookaburra Lodge Whitsundays offers accommodation in Airlie Beach. The property boasts views of the mountains and is 8 km from Abell Point Marina.There is a seating area and a kitchen complete with...more
0 star
25/18 Seaview Drive Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Located in Airlie Beach, this air-conditioned apartment features a balcony. Luxury Penthouse Searene boasts views of the sea and is 700 metres from Abell Point Marina.There is a seating area and a k...more
5 star
277 Shute Habour Road Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Heart Hotel and Gallery Whitsundays is located in Airlie Beach, 600 metres from Abell Point Marina. There is a water park on site and guests can enjoy the...more

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