Adventure - The Whitsundays QLD
The Whitsundays, Queensland.
24°C Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny


Welcome to the WhitFUNdays!

For fun-loving, adventure-seeking travellers wanting more than just a regular holiday, the Whitsundays is the ultimate experience destination.

From the vibrant township of Airlie Beach, to the laid-back tropical coast, to the 74 Whitsunday islands and whiter-than-white Whitehaven Beach, adventure is found in abundance like nowhere else.

Located at the physical and spiritual heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays is a region of global environmental significance, where many a traveller has found their Nirvana.


Explore the world-famous Whitsunday Islands on anything from a fast jet-ski to a historical tall ship, all departing from the port to paradise of Airlie Beach. Take a day tour or better still head for the horizon and sleep under the stars. Camp in the national parks, walk the great trails, soak up indigenous heritage, kick back on world-famous Whitehaven Beach. See the world from below or above; dive, snorkel or swim the coral seas and fly, sky-dive or parachute the blue skies.

Enjoy free activities like chasing waterfalls and sun-baking at the Airlie Beach Lagoon, splurge on a day at an island resort, or enjoy a guided tour through Conway National Park. Flanked by the ranges of the Conway National Park, Airlie Beach is an idyllic location, filled with gateways to nature via free walking tracks or guided tours – on foot or by Segway!

Choose from a wide range of eco-accredited operators for your Whitsunday island or mainland tours. 


Renowned for being a backpacker haven, Airlie Beach boasts a range of accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes. Stay in the village hub at any number of purpose run hostels where the vibe is about friendship and the services are all within easy walking reach. Drive your van to a selection of caravan parks – choose from life in the fast lane at the centre of town or the peace and quiet of the beautiful bush.


Follow the coastal trail from Airlie Beach to Bowen for some of the best mainland beaches you could hope to see, or simply stroll the boardwalk from Cannonvale to Airlie Beach. Come face to face with some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife on a crocodile safari along the Proserpine River. Choose from a wide range of eco-accredited operators for your Whitsunday island tours.

The Whitsunday winter (from June to September) is the optimum time to get up close and personal with migrating humpback whales, who shelter among the islands to mate and give birth.


When the sun goes down the fun meter goes up in Airlie Beach. Enjoy takeaways, counter meals and great deals at the main street cafes, restaurants and hostel bars. Sing and dance to live music and party the night away on Airlie’s famous nightclub strip. Almost all sailing tours end with an after-party ashore to round off the experience with new-found best mates. 


The Whitsundays also boasts a vibrant calendar of annual events. Come to town at the right time and you could find yourself in the middle of a festival making memories to treasure and friends you’ll never forget. Click here to see upcoming events in the Whitsunday region.


Drive to The Whitsundays from the main north-south Bruce Highway, bus in with a national travel operator, fly into the Whitsunday Coast Airport or catch a train in as far as Proserpine. In Airlie Beach most things are within walking distance but buses, taxis and car hire are available for those who don’t want to get around on foot. Most tours provide courtesy pick up and drop offs.


It’s a four-letter word we know, but if you’re looking for a job in hospitality or on one of the boats, or maybe some farm work to extend your visa, The Whitsundays is the place to be. Just to the north, the township of Bowen is known as the salad bowl of Australia and the fruit-picking capital of Central Queensland. Check out how to Work and Play in The Whitsundays


Follow Adventure Airlie Beach on Facebook and Instagram at @adventureairlie and @whitsundaysqld and tag #adventureairlie and #lovewhitsundays

Other Useful Links

Subscribe to our newsletter to receive monthly deals, news and events! Subscribe