Things to do in the Whitsundays

Things to do in the Whitsundays

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What to do in the Whitsundays

The magnificent Whitsunday Islands on Queensland’s tropical coast are picture-postcard scenery brought to life. This stunning part of the world is a popular destination for visitors from across Australia and around the globe. Natural sights like the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach, Hamilton Island, Long Island and Hill Inlet (we could go on) are among the must-see spots.

At Adrenaline, you’ll find a range of adventurous activities and experiences to choose from, covering many of the best things to do in the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach. Speaking of Airlie Beach, it’s the perfect mainland base for explorers, as it’s the starting point for all kinds of experiences and a great, laidback location in its own right.

Besides the many adventures on offer, it also had plenty of great outdoor dining, a range of accommodation types and plenty of shopping options. All this means the Whitsundays is a great location for both the luxury and budget adventure traveller.

Adrenaline's favourite experiences in the Whitsundays

You’ll find plenty of Whitsundays activities to choose from here at Adrenaline., but we’ve pulled out a few top picks well worth adding to your to-do list.

Cruises and sailing

Of all the things to do in the Whitsundays (and Australia in general!) cruising around these islands has to be up there with the very best. Tick a Whitsundays cruise off your bucket list with one of the incredible options available here at Adrenaline. From full day trips (including some with overnight stays) exploring the Great Barrier Reef to sailing tours taking in spots like Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout. Browse the range to find the best Whitsundays cruises for you.


Adrenaline rush activities don’t come much better than leaping from a plane, but skydiving Airlie Beach takes things to the next level. Feel the unique thrill of freefall and take in breathtaking views of the azure waters from the best angle! A tandem skydive over the Whitsundays is a true bucket list experience and something you’ll remember for years to come.

Helicopter rides

Fly high and see how many of the 74 islands you can spot on a private helicopter ride over the Whitsundays. Take in unobstructed views of the white sands and sights including Daydream Island, Hill Inlet, Long Island, Whitehaven Beach, Daydream Island and South Molle Island. And find your own little corner of paradise as the pilot will touch down on the pristine seven-kilometre long Whitehaven Beach.

Aerobatic flights

Want to get a taste of what it’s like to be a fighter pilot? Aerobatic flights will not only give you incredible views of the Whitsundays, but also throw in rolls, loops and inverted flight! How wild do you want to go? Take your pick from our range of experiences and the pilot will tailor the number of manoeuvres to suit.

Jet boats

Get your adrenaline pumping on a thrilling Whitsundays jet boat ride. This action-packed adventure is a great way to see the sights but hold on tight as you’ll be treated to manoeuvres like 180s, 360s, submarines and drifts along the way. Up for even more fun? Go for the jet boat and banana boat combo package.

Check out our full range for more fun things to do in the Whitsundays

Browse the site and you’ll find a wide range of fun experiences to choose from. There’s something for all kinds of adventurers, young and old. Use the filters to narrow down your search by activity type or price range. Take a look and start planning some fun Whitsundays activities.

How to get to the Whitsundays

Interstate visitors to the Whitsundays may find it easiest to fly to Whitsunday Coast Airport, located to the south of Proserpine, with several airlines flying here. Whitsunday Coast Airport to Airlie Beach is a 30-40 minute journey by road and there are a range of options to take you to your accommodation, including airport shuttle and taxis.

Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays are north of Brisbane and south of Cairns, with Airlie Beach around 20km off the Bruce Highway. There is also the option of catching the train, with rail services from Cairns to Brisbane (and vice versa) stopping off in Proserpine. Be aware though these can be long journeys that may require a sleeping booth!

Things to do in Queensland

We also have a huge range of fun things to do in Queensland in general, from Gold Coast and Brisbane to Sunshine Coast and Cairns.

Check out our range for all the latest and great experiences across Australia and give yourself an adventure to look forward to.