Whitsunday Coast Attractions
Things to do in the Whitsunday coast
Looking for a holiday with a difference? From the Great Barrier Reef to fine dining and boutiques, this tropical region has it all. And with flight deals to the Whitsundays available all year round, we make it cheaper and easier to get there.
Discover the top things to see and do on your next trip with our guide to the Whitsunday Coast's top attractions.
Meet local wildlife on Hamilton Island
Home to loads of Australian animals, WILD LIFE Hamilton Island is a sure-fire way to get to know the local critters in the Whitsundays. Known for its interactive encounters, this family-friendly nature reserve will get you up close with everything from koalas and dingos to pythons and cockatoos.
See the world's whitest sand at Whitehaven Beach
You won't have to go far to find a stretch of sand in the Whitsundays, but if you're looking for the best place to roll out your beach towel, you can't go past Whitehaven Beach. Voted number one in Australia and the South Pacific – and number 12 in the world – this immaculate white-sand strip is a sight to behold.
Experience The Great Barrier Reef
The star attraction of the Tropical North, no trip to the Whitsundays is complete without a visit to the Great Barrier Reef. Head out on a snorkelling or scuba diving tour to experience it first hand or hop on a seaplane or helicopter ride to see one of the world's seven natural wonders from the sky.
Cool off at the Airlie Beach Lagoon
Offering welcome relief from the tropical heat, this Airlie Beach water park is a must-visit attraction for travelling families. Spend the day wading in the swimming pool, then take advantage of the on-site barbeque facilities with a budget-friendly picnic in the gardens.
Take a dip at Cedar Creek Falls
Looking to take a break from the coast? Swim in the rainforest at Cedar Creek Falls instead. Located midway between Proserpine and Airlie Beach, this local swimming hole is a popular spot with the locals, with ample space to set up a picnic once you've had a dip.
Stroll the Bicentennial Walkway
Starting from the Airlie Beach Lagoon, this scenic esplanade spans four kilometres to reach Cannonvale Beach, taking in scenic views of the coast in between. An easy 45-minute walk one way, the Bicentennial Walkway is the perfect way to start a morning or wind down an afternoon.
Tackle the Conway Circuit
If you're after more of a challenge, take on the Conway Circuit instead. Connecting the Whitsunday hinterland to Airlie Beach, this 28-kilometre track requires multiple days to complete, with plenty of places to camp along the way. No time to spare? If you have a mountain bike handy, you can complete the track in half the time.