Whitsundays experiences

Nine jaw-dropping Whitsundays experiences

Jaw, meet floor. Get well acquainted; by the time you’re done with these incredible experiences in the Whitsundays, you’re going to be old friends.

The Whitsundays are jaw-dropping, all the time, no matter what kind of experience you choose.

But there’s ‘oh, it was so jaw-dropping’ and then there’s flying over the spectacular Great Barrier Reef in a chopper, hurling yourself from a seaplane, and being the boss of your own yacht kind of jaw-dropping.

And that’s not even the half of it.

From bird’s-eye Reef views to beachside bubbles, this is your guide to making the most of your Whitsundays visit.

Like a bird

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Make like our winged friends for the best view of the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays. 

Hop on a chopper or scenic flight with GSL Aviation or Air Whitsundays Seaplanes, who fly over all of the Whitsundays’ best sights.

It’s an unforgettable experience to see Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach, Heart Reef and the channel at Hardy Reef from the air. 

Seaplane and picnic      

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All the white sandy beaches of the world want to be Whitehaven, so of course, you should want to be there too.

And what better way to arrive than by seaplane or helicopter?

Add a picnic into the mix for a romance game that’s too strong to beat. There’s a reason why so many marriage proposals happen on this stretch of sand.

Check out Hamilton Island Air which offers daily tours, including a 90-minute stop at Whitehaven. 

Sail away

You can’t visit the Whitsundays without jumping on board a sailing vessel of some kind. 

Taking the reins of your own yacht is the perfect way to try your hand at the seafaring life, in the classiest way possible. Don your best sailing linen, hum a sea-themed ditty to yourself and kick back with a vino in hand. 

Go Bareboating, Queensland Yacht Charters and Whitsunday Escape offer a range of options for bareboating around the islands.

You don’t need a boat license or any prior sailing experience – they provide all the training you need to conquer the sea.

qualia time

If you’re even toying with hitting the Whitsundays in style, then qualia is a given. You could spend a lifetime at this island resort perfecting your relaxed form and never get bored. 

The Long Pavilion and Pebble Beach restaurants will keep you fed and watered as you wander from spa treatment to luxury villa back to more pinch-me-I’m-dreaming experiences than you can count.

Hop on board qualia’s exclusive yacht Atomic for the best sunset drinks of your life. 

If a stay at qualia doesn’t fit into your budget, check out some of the other accommodation options in the Whitsundays.

Get beached

It’s hard to visit the Whitsundays without spending at least a day lounging around on the pristine beaches.

While Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet attract lots of attention, it’s well worth checking out Catseye Beach, Honeymoon Bay, Langford Island, Betty’s Beach, Blue Pearl Bay and Chance Bay

And that’s only scratching the surface of the beaches on offer. The best thing about having your own boat is being able to explore on your own time.

Golf on Dent Island

Golf isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Whitsundays.

But tee time has never looked so good on Hamilton Island Golf Club,which is Australia’s only championship island golf course.

Pros can get their fix with the 18-hole expert course but if calling “fore” down the fairway isn’t your idea of fun, then the golf and spa package is the best way to dip your toes into both worlds. 


If you’re going to skydive, then you ought to do it in a destination as stunning as the Whitsundays.

Your jaw might drop from the free-fall, or it might be from the top-down view of the 74 islands as you hurtle through the sky.

Grab your crew and hit the skies with Skydive Airlie Beach for a holiday story to tell all your friends. 


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Take the adrenaline down a notch from skydiving without compromising on the fun and try your hand at parasailing on Hamilton Island.

Who needs a drone when you can get a first-person view of the surrounding islands high above the sparkling blue waters.

Spa dreaming

If you’ve tried everything on our guide to the Whitsundays, then it’s time to unwind in the form of a spa day.

Take your pick from Spa qualia, Spa Wumurdaylin at Hamilton Island, Elita Day Spa on Daydream Island or the Hayman Spa on the Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort

Why not turn it into a ‘spa crawl’, hit all of the options and see how many treatments you can fit into one day? Peak relaxation. 

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