74 glorious islands, world renowned beaches and The Great Barrier Reef.
Untouched but accessible, The Whitsundays are quintessentially Queensland. Perfectly placed for some laid-back beach time, a Great Barrier Reef encounter, a sailing adventure or some luxe resort relaxation, these 74 tropical islands are paradise found.
With a backdrop of tropical rainforest, Whitehaven Beach is regularly crowned Australia’s #1 beach. Pristine, pure, perfect - the silica sand here is dazzlingly white. And with 7km of shore to explore on The Whitsundays’ largest island, chances are the only footprints here will be yours. Don’t miss the spectacular lookout over Hill Inlet, the swirl of white sand and water fuse to create a stunning blend of colours.
Cruise Whitsundays runs a range of full and half day cruises to Whitehaven Beach.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is seriously impressive – more than 2,300km of coral, colourful marine life and castaway atolls. And the Whitsundays are right in the heart of it! Access is easy – step off the beach from your island resort and see what you can see, or explore the mesmerising underwater world of the Outer Reef with snorkelling or scuba diving tours.
Book a Great Barrier Reef Adventure day trip with Cruise Whitsundays, or sleep under the stars next to the reef on a once in a lifetime Reefsleep experience.
In the same latitudes as Tahiti, Mauritius and Rio de Janeiro, the Whitsundays are an international sailing hotspot. Local marinas sway with yachts from around the world, as sailors step ashore to enjoy island resorts and the bars and restaurants at Airlie Beach. Don’t miss the chance to harness the wind and sail from one idyllic location to the next.
Set sail on the Camira Sailing Adventure, Cruise Whitsundays’ day of island-hopping fun.
Adrift in the Coral Sea, most of the 74 Whitsunday Islands are uninhabited – buzzing with birdlife, fringed by coral and arcs of golden sand. Other islands play host to sophisticated tropical resorts including Hamilton, Daydream and Hayman (both set to re-open in the new year).
Cruise Whitsundays currently operates day tours and scheduled transfers to Hamilton Island.
The Whitsundays’ gateway town, Airlie Beach is vibrant and multicultural with a laid back, beachy soul. Offering a range of accommodation and dining options, it provides an ideal base for exploring nearby islands as well as the Reef.
Cruise Whitsundays offers a range of day cruises to Airlie Beach.
Experience the very best of The Whitsundays in our spring sale. Book an overnight Reefsleep experience or a Great Barrier Reef full day adventure and get a Whitehaven Beach half day tour for free!
How do I get to the Whitsundays?
Fly, bus, train, drive... we've got all the info you'll need right here.
How does an annual average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius sound? Find out more about the Whitsundays climate.
Keeping the Whitsundays beautiful
Here are some tips on responsible travel in The Whitsundays.