Airlie Beach is a vibrant hub, absolutely full of local vibes, hidden gems and stunning shorelines. Whether you're coming and going from the Whitsunday Islands, or kicking your feet up in the heart of town, Airlie Beach is bound to provide you with both the local seaside town charm, as well as connectivity to the wonders found in the Whitsunday region. Indulge in fresh seafood at one of the many superb restaurants, enjoy a sprinkle of live music or take a stroll along the boardwalk... this slice of heaven has it all! Find a new favourite getaway destination on your next adventure to Airlie Beach!
As one of the most prized islands in the Whitsundays, Daydream Island truly is some sort of a daydream for the thousands of tourists lured there each year. Morphed into a holidayers’ paradise, Daydream Island Resort is one of the most lavish and exciting places to stay in the Whitsundays! Boasting a myriad of recently refurbished spaces, modern suites and a handful of delicious restaurants, Daydream Island is the perfect place for a getaway! The Living Reef is the main attraction of the island, featuring a 200m free form lagoon filled with coral, marine life and a variety of eclectic vertebrae including starfish, sea cucumbers and more. Whatever you’re looking for on Daydream Island, you’ll find it!
One of the Whitsundays’ brightest jewels, Hamilton Island is a whirlwind slice of paradise that will let you live out your wildest fantasies of luxury. With its dazzling white sand and clear teal waters, ‘Hamo’ boasts a buzzing infrastructure that includes an airport, post office, supermarket and accommodation options. Whether you want to spend your holidays lazing about and sipping cocktails in the hotel pool or exploring the stunning coral formations of the Great Barrier Reef, there’s something for everyone at Hamilton Island.
As one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in the world, the dazzling shores of Whitehaven Beach are set to impress. It’s the heart and soul of the Whitsundays, luring people from all walks of life to stroll its other-worldly shores. Whether you want to laze about on the pure white silica sand, explore the flora and fauna of the island, snorkel in the clear blue waters or play a round of cricket with your loved ones, Whitehaven Beach has something for everyone. Voted time and time again as one of Australia’s best beaches, Whitehaven is bound to give you a holiday you’ll never forget.
Looking for an other-worldly experience? You’re bound to love Hill Inlet! Located on the northern end of the world-class Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet is a mesmerising sight to see. Best viewed from above – either at the Tongue Point lookout or aboard a scenic flight – Hill Inlet is a mystical portal into the natural world. When the tide shifts, the dazzling silica white sands of Whitehaven Beach morph into a kaleidoscopic cosmos of turquoise colours. It’s the perfect place for an amazing photoshoot, so bring your closest friends and family for a point-and-shoot day of memories!
Boasting Whitehaven Beach and the region’s namesake, Whitsunday Island is the largest (and possibly the most beloved) of them all. With no infrastructure on the island, Whitsunday Island is one of the most popular stop-over destinations for boat tours in the area. Best known for the jaw-dropping shores of Whitehaven Beach – donned with pure-white silica sand – the magnificent sights of Whitsunday Island are definitely not far and few between! Explore the sights, learn about the islands’ Traditional Custodians, the Ngaro people, and relax knowing you’re soaking up one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations!
Known by locals as the ‘best anchorage in the Whitsundays’, Nara Inlet is a special place on the south side of Hook Island. Featuring a protected inlet and incredibly scenic views, Nara Inlet is one of the best spots in the Whitsundays to rest your head. Boasting still, sheltered cool blue water that’s fringed by colossal wooded hills, this is truly one of the most unique spots in the Whitsundays! Spot mountain goats hanging out on the hilltops, explore the luscious rainforest on your own time and don a snorkel to explore the world below! Home to dolphins, turtles and even Humpback Whales during the right time of the year, Nara Inlet is a magnificent and unique adventure in the Whitsundays.
Mostly uninhabited, rugged and beautiful, Hook Island is one of the Whitsundays’ best contenders. As the second-largest island in the Whitsunday island group, Hook Island boasts spectacular snorkelling, kayaking and sailing conditions thanks to its calm and sheltered waters. Featuring a smattering of picturesque bays, deep fjord-like inlets and hidden campsites, Hook Island is an amazing place to take control of your own adventure in the Whitsundays. No time limit? Hook is your oyster, so spend it well!
Langford Island and Reef may be small, but they’re a sparkling jewel in the crown of the Whitsundays. Home to a mind-blowing array of small fish species, Langford Reef is one of the most amazing spots to don a snorkel! Explore the colourful underwater gardens and rub shoulders with the local wildlife! One of the most amazing aspects of Langford Island and Reef is the spit: at low tide, it’s perfect for picnicking, swimming and lazing about. Langford Island its stunning Reef don't make every itinerary, but there’s no doubt that it should!
Mantaray Bay is one of the most delightful areas of the Whitsundays. Perched on the northern end of Hook Island, Mantaray Bay is home to an amazing array of fish life including George, a beloved giant Humphead Maori Wrasse. Mantaray Bay is often billed as one of the best diving spots in the Whitsundays, boasting schools of coral trout, batfish and parrotfish, as well as many cave valleys and swim-throughs! If diving is your bread and butter, you’ll want to spend as long as you can in Mantaray Bay!
Blue Pearl Bay, located on the north-western side of Hayman Island, is a beautiful location renowned for its vibrant coral beds and fish life. Boasting mysterious underwater caves, exciting bommies, daring drop-offs and swim-throughs, this is an amazing place for snorkelling, diving and exploring the beauty of the ocean! This is a special spot as it’s home to a handful of unique coral species and a humphead Maori Wrasse called Priscilla who loves to swim alongside snorkelers and divers! The beach itself features a lovely sheltered environment, making Blue Pearl Bay a great spot for soaking up a balmy afternoon of lazing about, exploring and playing beach sports.
As one of the lesser-known bays in the Whitsundays, Stonehaven boasts a calm and scenic anchorage, beloved for its dazzling views of the sunset over the Whitsunday passage. As the perfect overnight anchorage spot, Stonehaven is particularly popular with private charters and bareboats. Some of the best snorkelling spots in the area are just a hop, skip and a jump away from Stonehaven, so rest easy knowing your next adventure is never too far away! Stonehaven is one of the best places to spot dolphins, so keep your eyes peeled for a special visitor around dusk!
Cateran Bay off of Border Island is a local favourite here in the Whitsundays, boasting crystal-clear waters, abundant marine life and thriving coral reefs. Cateran Bay is the perfect place to don a snorkel to explore the deep blue! Fringed by towering cliffs and fitted with soft white sand, Cateran Bay offers some great short hiking routes, perfect for getting a bird's-eye view of the islands peppered below!