8 Best Whitsunday Islands Attractions Every Tourist Must See

Between the coast of Queensland and The Great Barrier Reef, lie 74 islands called the Whitsunday Islands. Most islands are uninhabited. The main islands, offering accommodation, are Hamilton Island, Daydream Island, Hayman Island and Long Island.

8 Most Popular Attractions in Whitsunday Islands

1. Whitehaven Beach

  • Free
  • 749469664
  • Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia
  • Daily
  • 7

Tickets & Tours

2. Hamilton Island Marina

  • Depends on event
  • 61 7 4946 8353
  • Hamilton Island Marina, Front St, Hamilton Island, QLD, 4803, Australia
  • Daily
  • 1

3. The Living Reef on Daydream Island

  • Depends on activity
  • 61 1800 075 040
  • The Living Reef on Daydream Island, Daydream Island, Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia
  • Daily 7am-7pm
  • 2

4. WILD LIFE Hamilton Island

  • Adult $22, Children $15
  • 61 7 4946 9078
  • WILD LIFE Hamilton Island, Resort Drive, Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia
  • Daily 8.30am–5.00pm

5. Catseye Beach

  • Free
  • Catseye Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia
  • Daily

6. Hill Inlet

  • free
  • 61 7 4945 3967
  • Hill Inlet, Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia
  • Mon-Sun Open 24 hours
  • 1

7. Passage Peak

  • free
  • Passage Peak, Hamilton Island, QLD, 4803, Australia
  • Mon-Sun Open 24 hours

8. Go-Kart Racing Track

  • 10 mins $49, 15 mins $59 (per person)
  • 61 7 4946 8850
  • Go-Kart Racing Track, Palm Valley Way, Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia
  • Daily 9.30am–5.00pm

Top Attractions

The number one attraction in the Whitsundays, and in Queensland is The Great Barrier Reef. Over 2,300 km of coral makes this the largest living thing on Earth. It is visible from outer space and is a very fragile ecosystem. Home to countless highly coloured fish, starfish, and shellfish, its beauty is unquestioned.

Family and Kids

Too young for diving on the Reef? Or perhaps too old or just too timid? Get the same experience in a protected environment at The Living Reef on Daydream Island.


Whitehaven Beach is a very popular area and even more beautiful than photos. With clear turquoise waters and soft white sand, it is hard to beat. Catseye Beach on Hamilton Island is also very popular. Any of the uninhabited islands may have a beautiful, private un-named beach hidden away and that is part of the attraction for many people – find your own gem!


Whales visit the Whitsundays during the months of June to September, and often birth their calves in the area. Seeing a whale is such a frequent occurrence that you do not need to book a special tour – any boat or cruise is likely to see these lovely mammals basking in the sunny water or frolicking in the waves. Keep an eye open for Migaloo, the white Humpback whale who has been regularly seen in these waters for the last few years. For an extra special treat try a flight to get superlative perspective of the Islands and any whales that may be nearby.


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