Whitsundays

Home to white sandy beaches lined with palm trees, warm turquoise waters and wonderful weather year-round, the Whitsunday Islands are the definition of a tropical paradise. Travellers from all over the world visit to discover the secluded beaches, vibrant marine life and idyllic islands just off the Queensland coast. Of the 74 islands, only eight are inhabited, making the Whitsundays the perfect destination to really get away from it all.

With an abundance of natural beauty waiting to be uncovered, the best way to explore this stunning archipelago is by boat. Our Whitsundays tours depart regularly from Airlie Beach to top locations including Whitehaven Beach, ready to take you to discover the pristine beaches of this tranquil escape.

Best Whitsundays Tours and Day Trips

Stretching for seven kilometres and made of some of the purest white silica sand in the world, Whitehaven Beach is the best beach in the Whitsundays (and probably in the world). Tucked away on the eastern side of the archipelago’s largest island, Whitsunday Island, Whitehaven Beach welcomes travellers with warm tropical waters and its phenomenal snow-white sand. Relax on the beach or head to the northern end to admire the spectacular patterns of swirling sand and aquamarine waters at Hill Inlet. Then enjoy a walk through the forests to the lookout for the best views of this amazing natural wonder.

Visit this amazing beach with our boat tours from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island. Our full day Whitsundays Tour takes you to enjoy a classic Aussie BBQ on the sands of this tropical paradise, with plenty of time to swim and explore the forest surrounding the beach. Enjoy a guided bushwalk and take some unforgettable snaps of the incredible swirls of water and sand at Hill Inlet Lookout.

If you are short on time, we also offer a half-day cruise to Whitehaven Beach. Relax and enjoy the views as we travel through the Solway Passage before arriving on Whitsunday Island. Enjoy a swim, get some photos of Australia’s most photogenic beach and feel the soft sand between your toes before returning to Airlie Beach.

Whitsundays Islands Tours

While the Whitsunday Islands are mesmerising, the Whitsunday Coast has charms of its own, with great beaches, national parks and the vibrant town of Airlie Beach. Check out our Airlie Beach Guided Walking Tour, where you can discover the lush rainforests and picturesque waterfalls surrounding Airlie Beach. On all of our Whitsundays tours, an adventure awaits!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best things to do in the Whitsundays?

There is heaps to do in the Whitsundays! Take a boat tour to explore some the 74 islands, laze about on the pure white sands of Whitehaven Beach, explore the surrounding rainforest, snorkel the fringing reef and more!

How long does it take to get to Whitehaven Beach from Airlie Beach?

Sailing directly from Airlie Beach to Whitehaven Beach takes about 1.5 – 2 hours. The time depends on the type of boat, weather and sailing conditions. Some tours take a more scenic route to explore other picturesque beaches and islands along the way.

Are there stingers in the Whitsundays?

Yes, stingers can be found in the waters in the Whitsundays, especially during warmer months. But don’t worry, our crew will let you know if there is an increased risk of stingers and will provide stinger suits to protect you in the water if necessary.