Whitsunday Travel Guide
Whitsunday Travel Guide

Whitsunday travel guide: islands and beaches, what to do

Whitsunday Travel Guide

Whitsunday romance – islands in the sun. Romantic getaways are on Australia’s  doorstep. You do not need a passport or pack much, just a few days to share our backyard with a special person. Whitsundays is about families enjoying a winter break in the tropical North. Whitsundays offers budget package holiday deals which appeal to groups where budget constraints are important. Look for airline package deals where flights are tied to accommodation. While Whitsunday is an area where package deals dominate the visitor market do not discount the experience.

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Visitors new to the tropics will have an easy introduction to a tropical holiday with everything organised and managed. The only thing necessary is have a great time.

What is the best time to visit?

Avoid peak season September / October school holidays in particular and around Christmas. Otherwise it is a year round destination.

Whitsundays weather

The rainy season is January to March, when days can be humid.  Tropical showers, many of which last for only a few moments usually occur later in the afternoon.


  • Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Take a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Sailing the Whitsunday islands
  • Kayaking around the islands
  • Fishing
  • Scuba diving
  • Swimming
  • Play a round of golf
  • Walking trails
  • Indulgence spa and massages
  • Read a book, do nothing in a deck chair
Getting there

The airport and most hotels, shops and restaurants on Hamilton Island are connected with a free shuttle bus. Whitsunday Islands consist of 74 islands. The majority of islands are national parks. Whitsunday connections are: two airports, Hamilton Island and mainland town of Proserpine. There are numerous boat / ferry connections. There are buses from Airlie Beach to Shute Harbour.

Top five reasons to visit Whitsundays

Why choose Whitsundays when there are plenty of Barrier experiences? Here are five reasons for your perfect romantic getaway.

A brisk island circuit walk
Leisurely shared indulgent spa, plenty of choice where to go
Deserted Island anyone, space galore
White pristine sandy coves just the two of you
Dinners under the light of the stars, outdoors with a bit of glam

And now the practical stuff, another five reasons to visit Whitsundays:

  • Access is easy, no tramping through thorny bush (unless you want to)
  • Accommodation options for all budgets, you can afford to go
  • The place caters for romance, it’s spelled out in the brochures
  • Kids tagging along, lots of activities to ensure you have couples moments
  • Mobiles work with insta photo moments around every magic corner

And the negatives, there is always something not quite right in paradise:

  • Tourist numbers are large, think about where you want to be for that special moment
  • Day tours can feel as though you are on speed dial as you are moved from photo moment to photo moment. Romance is about spontaneous and living in the moment, an organised, by the minute tour might lose the magic.
  • It is not romantic in the stinger season, make sure you have your own personal cover ups or avoid the season altogether
  • It can rain, a lot as it is the tropics, although it is not cold and secluded spots with the rain pouring down makes for your own private curtain
  • It is expensive, that could be the case if you found the dream accommodation package and needed to break the credit card. Take time viewing your options and you will find a deal that does not break the bank.
Whitsunday: what to see & do


Whitehaven Beach, the place of a million instagram moments, fine white brilliant sands with clear blue shallow water. The views from the lookout are spectacular tourism Australia standard. The walk up to the lookout is considered a must do activity for your weekend portfolio.


Hamilton Islands

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Whitsunday Island

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Hayman Island

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Long island

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Dent Island

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Daydream Island

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Camping is possible. A camper and tent holiday is catered for with over 50 campsites on the Whitsundays. As most of the Islands are under the auspices of the National Parks check your campsite online visit: Queensland National Parks. Those without their own boat can also participate by using the Whitsunday scamper aluminum transfer barge designed to carry 34 passengers and luggage across its 10m frame. Her shape allows her to run right up onto the beach and drop the angled front for ease of entry.

Getting around
  • By boat via Ocean Rafting, high speed exhilarating jet boats.
  • Whitsunday Catamarans operating from Airlie Beach marina could be your home away from home.
  • Ocean n’Raft offers various water adventures from kayaking, jet skis and jet boats.  
  • Diving instructors and dive schools, ensure that the company is certified and has an excellent safety record. 
  • Bare Sailing is chartering a boat, navigating without the assistance of a professional captain. The boat company will ask questions and possibly request paperwork to ascertain your sailing capabilities. Cruises can either private charter or group tours.
Travel Pack

Whitsundays is visitor focused with a wealth of information to assist you Tourism Whitsundays is worth a scrolling moment. Book accommodation.


The romance is worth the journey.

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