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Best Australian Islands for Diving

Best Australian Islands for Diving

Two things that I’ve decided that I’ll do in 2014 is get PADI certified and visit Australia. High on my list for years, Australia has been calling to me like very few other places. I did SCUBA dive in Mexico a few years back, I assume illegally, but really enjoyed it. Perhaps Australia can be my very first dive trip. Frankly, I can’t imagine better places than the ones mentioned in this guest post.

Aside from the beautiful landscapes, the rich and diverse flora and fauna that can be found in Australia, there are also a number of different activities that you can enjoy in Australia and diving is one of them. There are a number of different islands and spots ideal for diving which you should definitely look into when planning on a diving trip in Australia. Whether you are a beginner when it comes to diving or you are already an expert, you will certainly enjoy diving in Australia. Here are some of the best islands:

Fish Rock Cave dive site in New South Wales

As the name suggests, you’ll be swimming through Fish Rock through a 125m cave. This dive is located about 2km off Smoky Cape at South West Rocks. After entering the cave at a depth of 24m, you’ll swim through a cave. Divers say that swimming through its confined sections is very exciting. You’ll also get the chance to see grey nurse sharks, which are endangered. Inquire at the dive centers for schedules on dives.

Rowley Shoals Marine Park in West Australia

There are a number of Broome-based operators who host five to seven-day aboard dive charters to the Rowley Shoals during October and November. Located 300km west of Broome, Rowley Shoals Marine Park connects pear-shaped coral that rise from very deep water and is home to 233 species of coral and 688 species of fish. When you go diving there, you have the chance to see sharks, lagoons, big fish, pristine coral, humpback whales, and so much more. The water is also known for its beauty and clarity.

Neptune Islands in South Australia

Aptly named after the Greek God of the seas, this diving spot will allow you to get up close and personal with a great white shark. There are cage diving expeditions offered in the Neptune Islands in South Australia. Even if you don’t have any experience in diving, you can still participate with the surface cage diving. You’ll be suspended in a steel cage below the surface of the ocean. If you’re a more experienced diver then you’ll have the choice to swim to the ocean floor. There are a number of operators who have day trips and even expeditions that last a number of days. These expeditions travel out of Port Lincoln December to February and May up to October. These are the months where you would most likely encounter sharks.

Tasman Peninsula in Tasmania

The Tasman Peninsula in Tasmania offers a unique diving experience since you get to swim amid giant kelp forests about 20m deep. Aside from this, you’ll also be able to explore the beautiful caves system at Waterfall Bay. If you want to get up close with larger sea creatures then make sure to make a trip to Cape Hauy. Here you have a chance to have encounter the New Zealand and Australian fur seals. If you’re planning on a diving trip to Tasmania, make sure to schedule it between November and March since this is when the weather is ideal.

Cod Hole dive site in Queensland

Cod Hole is famous and well known for the population of potato rockcod, which have been known to grow up to 2m. Other large sea creatures that you might encounter in Cod Holemoray include clams, giant clams, humphead Maori wrasse, whitetip sharks, and in the winter, minke whales. Cod Hole is located just outside of the Great Barrier Reef, so you can really expect a rich array of sea creatures. There are a great number of operators located in Caims and Port Douglas who organize live-aboard trips going to Cod Hole. You might want to check on Lizard Island Resort who has day trips.

Flinders Reef Dive site in Queensland

Also located in Queensland, Flinders Reef Dive boasts of having more than 119 species of coral and 175 species of fish. The dive site has swim-throughs, pinnacles, and even a turtle cleaning station. At the turtle cleaning station, you’ll have the chance to see surgeonfish rid parasites and algae on green turtles. You can reach Flinders Reef through day trips from Brisbane.

There are clearly a number of beautiful dive sites located all over Australia. It’s important to consider the time of the year when planning an Australian dive trip, as you want to see all the incredible marine life. Make sure that you also gauge your skill as a diver and which dive site is suitable to your level of diving.

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Best Australian Islands for Diving - Recipes

Coral Sea Resort, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Discover local restaurants and bars

Coral Sea Resort's Sorrento Restaurant and Bar overlooks the marina, serving up sweeping views of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. It's an easy-going vibe with a comforting yet delicious menu of wood-fired pizzas, steaks and fresh seafood. Fish D’vine and Rum Bar offers fresh seafood and more than 500 rums from around the world. Choose from more than 800 beers and ciders at Denman Cellars Beer Café or watch the boats on the water over a cool drink at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.

Market, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Shop the markets and boutiques

The main street of Airlie Beach is the hub for shopping. You'll find everything including souvenirs, art galleries and swimwear by Australian companies including Rip Curl and Billabong. The Airlie Beach markets are held every Saturday morning on the esplanade for locally made jewellery, clothes and crafts.

Sailing, Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

The Whitsundays are among the most magical sailing destinations in the world, and many sailing tours are offered from Airlie Beach, aboard everything from luxury cabin cruisers to bareboat charters on which you sail a yacht yourself. Don't know how to sail? Sunsail Whitsundays will teach you how, with a range of courses available from beginners to advanced.

Aerial of Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

Take a scenic flight to Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is renowned for having some of the whitest sand in the world, and is a must-visit from Airlie Beach. See the highlights of the Whitsundays, including the romantic Heart Reef, from the windows of a seaplane or helicopter with Air Whitsunday or Cruise Whitsundays. If you want an adrenaline rush, tandem skydive with an expert over the islands of the Great Barrier Reef and land on Airlie Beach with Skydive Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach Lagoon, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Whitsundays

Enjoy the Airlie Beach Lagoon

Between the palm-fringed beach and the main street is a huge man-made lagoon where you can swim all year round. Lifeguards are on duty during daylight hours. There's a kids' pool and the surrounding parkland has lots of shade and free barbecues. It's like having your own five-star resort pool.

Conway National Park, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Explore the hinterland

Just minutes from Airlie Beach, Conway National Park is one of the best kept secrets of the Whitsunday hinterland, with scenic lookouts and numerous walking trails that wind through lush rainforest and seasonal waterfalls. The Coastal Fringe Circuit is a flat, easy walk of 1.2 kilometres (0.7 miles). If you're lucky, you might spot an endangered Proserpine rock wallaby.

ReefSleep, Cruise Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Sleep under the stars in an Australian swag at Reefsleep, a permanently moored pontoon on Hardy Reef, in one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef. By day, Cruise Whitsundays will take you snorkelling on its large luxury catamaran, and then when the day adventurers leave, you and up to 17 other guests will spend the night. Watch the reef come alive after dark from the underwater observatory.


Best Australian Islands for Diving - Recipes

Coral Sea Resort, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Discover local restaurants and bars

Coral Sea Resort's Sorrento Restaurant and Bar overlooks the marina, serving up sweeping views of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. It's an easy-going vibe with a comforting yet delicious menu of wood-fired pizzas, steaks and fresh seafood. Fish D’vine and Rum Bar offers fresh seafood and more than 500 rums from around the world. Choose from more than 800 beers and ciders at Denman Cellars Beer Café or watch the boats on the water over a cool drink at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.

Market, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Shop the markets and boutiques

The main street of Airlie Beach is the hub for shopping. You'll find everything including souvenirs, art galleries and swimwear by Australian companies including Rip Curl and Billabong. The Airlie Beach markets are held every Saturday morning on the esplanade for locally made jewellery, clothes and crafts.

Sailing, Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

The Whitsundays are among the most magical sailing destinations in the world, and many sailing tours are offered from Airlie Beach, aboard everything from luxury cabin cruisers to bareboat charters on which you sail a yacht yourself. Don't know how to sail? Sunsail Whitsundays will teach you how, with a range of courses available from beginners to advanced.

Aerial of Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

Take a scenic flight to Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is renowned for having some of the whitest sand in the world, and is a must-visit from Airlie Beach. See the highlights of the Whitsundays, including the romantic Heart Reef, from the windows of a seaplane or helicopter with Air Whitsunday or Cruise Whitsundays. If you want an adrenaline rush, tandem skydive with an expert over the islands of the Great Barrier Reef and land on Airlie Beach with Skydive Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach Lagoon, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Whitsundays

Enjoy the Airlie Beach Lagoon

Between the palm-fringed beach and the main street is a huge man-made lagoon where you can swim all year round. Lifeguards are on duty during daylight hours. There's a kids' pool and the surrounding parkland has lots of shade and free barbecues. It's like having your own five-star resort pool.

Conway National Park, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Explore the hinterland

Just minutes from Airlie Beach, Conway National Park is one of the best kept secrets of the Whitsunday hinterland, with scenic lookouts and numerous walking trails that wind through lush rainforest and seasonal waterfalls. The Coastal Fringe Circuit is a flat, easy walk of 1.2 kilometres (0.7 miles). If you're lucky, you might spot an endangered Proserpine rock wallaby.

ReefSleep, Cruise Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Sleep under the stars in an Australian swag at Reefsleep, a permanently moored pontoon on Hardy Reef, in one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef. By day, Cruise Whitsundays will take you snorkelling on its large luxury catamaran, and then when the day adventurers leave, you and up to 17 other guests will spend the night. Watch the reef come alive after dark from the underwater observatory.


Best Australian Islands for Diving - Recipes

Coral Sea Resort, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Discover local restaurants and bars

Coral Sea Resort's Sorrento Restaurant and Bar overlooks the marina, serving up sweeping views of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. It's an easy-going vibe with a comforting yet delicious menu of wood-fired pizzas, steaks and fresh seafood. Fish D’vine and Rum Bar offers fresh seafood and more than 500 rums from around the world. Choose from more than 800 beers and ciders at Denman Cellars Beer Café or watch the boats on the water over a cool drink at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.

Market, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Shop the markets and boutiques

The main street of Airlie Beach is the hub for shopping. You'll find everything including souvenirs, art galleries and swimwear by Australian companies including Rip Curl and Billabong. The Airlie Beach markets are held every Saturday morning on the esplanade for locally made jewellery, clothes and crafts.

Sailing, Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

The Whitsundays are among the most magical sailing destinations in the world, and many sailing tours are offered from Airlie Beach, aboard everything from luxury cabin cruisers to bareboat charters on which you sail a yacht yourself. Don't know how to sail? Sunsail Whitsundays will teach you how, with a range of courses available from beginners to advanced.

Aerial of Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

Take a scenic flight to Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is renowned for having some of the whitest sand in the world, and is a must-visit from Airlie Beach. See the highlights of the Whitsundays, including the romantic Heart Reef, from the windows of a seaplane or helicopter with Air Whitsunday or Cruise Whitsundays. If you want an adrenaline rush, tandem skydive with an expert over the islands of the Great Barrier Reef and land on Airlie Beach with Skydive Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach Lagoon, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Whitsundays

Enjoy the Airlie Beach Lagoon

Between the palm-fringed beach and the main street is a huge man-made lagoon where you can swim all year round. Lifeguards are on duty during daylight hours. There's a kids' pool and the surrounding parkland has lots of shade and free barbecues. It's like having your own five-star resort pool.

Conway National Park, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Explore the hinterland

Just minutes from Airlie Beach, Conway National Park is one of the best kept secrets of the Whitsunday hinterland, with scenic lookouts and numerous walking trails that wind through lush rainforest and seasonal waterfalls. The Coastal Fringe Circuit is a flat, easy walk of 1.2 kilometres (0.7 miles). If you're lucky, you might spot an endangered Proserpine rock wallaby.

ReefSleep, Cruise Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Sleep under the stars in an Australian swag at Reefsleep, a permanently moored pontoon on Hardy Reef, in one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef. By day, Cruise Whitsundays will take you snorkelling on its large luxury catamaran, and then when the day adventurers leave, you and up to 17 other guests will spend the night. Watch the reef come alive after dark from the underwater observatory.


Best Australian Islands for Diving - Recipes

Coral Sea Resort, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Discover local restaurants and bars

Coral Sea Resort's Sorrento Restaurant and Bar overlooks the marina, serving up sweeping views of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. It's an easy-going vibe with a comforting yet delicious menu of wood-fired pizzas, steaks and fresh seafood. Fish D’vine and Rum Bar offers fresh seafood and more than 500 rums from around the world. Choose from more than 800 beers and ciders at Denman Cellars Beer Café or watch the boats on the water over a cool drink at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.

Market, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Shop the markets and boutiques

The main street of Airlie Beach is the hub for shopping. You'll find everything including souvenirs, art galleries and swimwear by Australian companies including Rip Curl and Billabong. The Airlie Beach markets are held every Saturday morning on the esplanade for locally made jewellery, clothes and crafts.

Sailing, Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

The Whitsundays are among the most magical sailing destinations in the world, and many sailing tours are offered from Airlie Beach, aboard everything from luxury cabin cruisers to bareboat charters on which you sail a yacht yourself. Don't know how to sail? Sunsail Whitsundays will teach you how, with a range of courses available from beginners to advanced.

Aerial of Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

Take a scenic flight to Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is renowned for having some of the whitest sand in the world, and is a must-visit from Airlie Beach. See the highlights of the Whitsundays, including the romantic Heart Reef, from the windows of a seaplane or helicopter with Air Whitsunday or Cruise Whitsundays. If you want an adrenaline rush, tandem skydive with an expert over the islands of the Great Barrier Reef and land on Airlie Beach with Skydive Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach Lagoon, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Whitsundays

Enjoy the Airlie Beach Lagoon

Between the palm-fringed beach and the main street is a huge man-made lagoon where you can swim all year round. Lifeguards are on duty during daylight hours. There's a kids' pool and the surrounding parkland has lots of shade and free barbecues. It's like having your own five-star resort pool.

Conway National Park, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Explore the hinterland

Just minutes from Airlie Beach, Conway National Park is one of the best kept secrets of the Whitsunday hinterland, with scenic lookouts and numerous walking trails that wind through lush rainforest and seasonal waterfalls. The Coastal Fringe Circuit is a flat, easy walk of 1.2 kilometres (0.7 miles). If you're lucky, you might spot an endangered Proserpine rock wallaby.

ReefSleep, Cruise Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Sleep under the stars in an Australian swag at Reefsleep, a permanently moored pontoon on Hardy Reef, in one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef. By day, Cruise Whitsundays will take you snorkelling on its large luxury catamaran, and then when the day adventurers leave, you and up to 17 other guests will spend the night. Watch the reef come alive after dark from the underwater observatory.


Best Australian Islands for Diving - Recipes

Coral Sea Resort, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Discover local restaurants and bars

Coral Sea Resort's Sorrento Restaurant and Bar overlooks the marina, serving up sweeping views of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. It's an easy-going vibe with a comforting yet delicious menu of wood-fired pizzas, steaks and fresh seafood. Fish D’vine and Rum Bar offers fresh seafood and more than 500 rums from around the world. Choose from more than 800 beers and ciders at Denman Cellars Beer Café or watch the boats on the water over a cool drink at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.

Market, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Shop the markets and boutiques

The main street of Airlie Beach is the hub for shopping. You'll find everything including souvenirs, art galleries and swimwear by Australian companies including Rip Curl and Billabong. The Airlie Beach markets are held every Saturday morning on the esplanade for locally made jewellery, clothes and crafts.

Sailing, Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

The Whitsundays are among the most magical sailing destinations in the world, and many sailing tours are offered from Airlie Beach, aboard everything from luxury cabin cruisers to bareboat charters on which you sail a yacht yourself. Don't know how to sail? Sunsail Whitsundays will teach you how, with a range of courses available from beginners to advanced.

Aerial of Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

Take a scenic flight to Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is renowned for having some of the whitest sand in the world, and is a must-visit from Airlie Beach. See the highlights of the Whitsundays, including the romantic Heart Reef, from the windows of a seaplane or helicopter with Air Whitsunday or Cruise Whitsundays. If you want an adrenaline rush, tandem skydive with an expert over the islands of the Great Barrier Reef and land on Airlie Beach with Skydive Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach Lagoon, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Whitsundays

Enjoy the Airlie Beach Lagoon

Between the palm-fringed beach and the main street is a huge man-made lagoon where you can swim all year round. Lifeguards are on duty during daylight hours. There's a kids' pool and the surrounding parkland has lots of shade and free barbecues. It's like having your own five-star resort pool.

Conway National Park, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Explore the hinterland

Just minutes from Airlie Beach, Conway National Park is one of the best kept secrets of the Whitsunday hinterland, with scenic lookouts and numerous walking trails that wind through lush rainforest and seasonal waterfalls. The Coastal Fringe Circuit is a flat, easy walk of 1.2 kilometres (0.7 miles). If you're lucky, you might spot an endangered Proserpine rock wallaby.

ReefSleep, Cruise Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Sleep under the stars in an Australian swag at Reefsleep, a permanently moored pontoon on Hardy Reef, in one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef. By day, Cruise Whitsundays will take you snorkelling on its large luxury catamaran, and then when the day adventurers leave, you and up to 17 other guests will spend the night. Watch the reef come alive after dark from the underwater observatory.


Best Australian Islands for Diving - Recipes

Coral Sea Resort, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Discover local restaurants and bars

Coral Sea Resort's Sorrento Restaurant and Bar overlooks the marina, serving up sweeping views of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. It's an easy-going vibe with a comforting yet delicious menu of wood-fired pizzas, steaks and fresh seafood. Fish D’vine and Rum Bar offers fresh seafood and more than 500 rums from around the world. Choose from more than 800 beers and ciders at Denman Cellars Beer Café or watch the boats on the water over a cool drink at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.

Market, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Shop the markets and boutiques

The main street of Airlie Beach is the hub for shopping. You'll find everything including souvenirs, art galleries and swimwear by Australian companies including Rip Curl and Billabong. The Airlie Beach markets are held every Saturday morning on the esplanade for locally made jewellery, clothes and crafts.

Sailing, Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

The Whitsundays are among the most magical sailing destinations in the world, and many sailing tours are offered from Airlie Beach, aboard everything from luxury cabin cruisers to bareboat charters on which you sail a yacht yourself. Don't know how to sail? Sunsail Whitsundays will teach you how, with a range of courses available from beginners to advanced.

Aerial of Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

Take a scenic flight to Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is renowned for having some of the whitest sand in the world, and is a must-visit from Airlie Beach. See the highlights of the Whitsundays, including the romantic Heart Reef, from the windows of a seaplane or helicopter with Air Whitsunday or Cruise Whitsundays. If you want an adrenaline rush, tandem skydive with an expert over the islands of the Great Barrier Reef and land on Airlie Beach with Skydive Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach Lagoon, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Whitsundays

Enjoy the Airlie Beach Lagoon

Between the palm-fringed beach and the main street is a huge man-made lagoon where you can swim all year round. Lifeguards are on duty during daylight hours. There's a kids' pool and the surrounding parkland has lots of shade and free barbecues. It's like having your own five-star resort pool.

Conway National Park, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Explore the hinterland

Just minutes from Airlie Beach, Conway National Park is one of the best kept secrets of the Whitsunday hinterland, with scenic lookouts and numerous walking trails that wind through lush rainforest and seasonal waterfalls. The Coastal Fringe Circuit is a flat, easy walk of 1.2 kilometres (0.7 miles). If you're lucky, you might spot an endangered Proserpine rock wallaby.

ReefSleep, Cruise Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Sleep under the stars in an Australian swag at Reefsleep, a permanently moored pontoon on Hardy Reef, in one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef. By day, Cruise Whitsundays will take you snorkelling on its large luxury catamaran, and then when the day adventurers leave, you and up to 17 other guests will spend the night. Watch the reef come alive after dark from the underwater observatory.


Best Australian Islands for Diving - Recipes

Coral Sea Resort, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Discover local restaurants and bars

Coral Sea Resort's Sorrento Restaurant and Bar overlooks the marina, serving up sweeping views of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. It's an easy-going vibe with a comforting yet delicious menu of wood-fired pizzas, steaks and fresh seafood. Fish D’vine and Rum Bar offers fresh seafood and more than 500 rums from around the world. Choose from more than 800 beers and ciders at Denman Cellars Beer Café or watch the boats on the water over a cool drink at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.

Market, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Shop the markets and boutiques

The main street of Airlie Beach is the hub for shopping. You'll find everything including souvenirs, art galleries and swimwear by Australian companies including Rip Curl and Billabong. The Airlie Beach markets are held every Saturday morning on the esplanade for locally made jewellery, clothes and crafts.

Sailing, Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

The Whitsundays are among the most magical sailing destinations in the world, and many sailing tours are offered from Airlie Beach, aboard everything from luxury cabin cruisers to bareboat charters on which you sail a yacht yourself. Don't know how to sail? Sunsail Whitsundays will teach you how, with a range of courses available from beginners to advanced.

Aerial of Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

Take a scenic flight to Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is renowned for having some of the whitest sand in the world, and is a must-visit from Airlie Beach. See the highlights of the Whitsundays, including the romantic Heart Reef, from the windows of a seaplane or helicopter with Air Whitsunday or Cruise Whitsundays. If you want an adrenaline rush, tandem skydive with an expert over the islands of the Great Barrier Reef and land on Airlie Beach with Skydive Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach Lagoon, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Whitsundays

Enjoy the Airlie Beach Lagoon

Between the palm-fringed beach and the main street is a huge man-made lagoon where you can swim all year round. Lifeguards are on duty during daylight hours. There's a kids' pool and the surrounding parkland has lots of shade and free barbecues. It's like having your own five-star resort pool.

Conway National Park, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Explore the hinterland

Just minutes from Airlie Beach, Conway National Park is one of the best kept secrets of the Whitsunday hinterland, with scenic lookouts and numerous walking trails that wind through lush rainforest and seasonal waterfalls. The Coastal Fringe Circuit is a flat, easy walk of 1.2 kilometres (0.7 miles). If you're lucky, you might spot an endangered Proserpine rock wallaby.

ReefSleep, Cruise Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Sleep under the stars in an Australian swag at Reefsleep, a permanently moored pontoon on Hardy Reef, in one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef. By day, Cruise Whitsundays will take you snorkelling on its large luxury catamaran, and then when the day adventurers leave, you and up to 17 other guests will spend the night. Watch the reef come alive after dark from the underwater observatory.


Best Australian Islands for Diving - Recipes

Coral Sea Resort, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Discover local restaurants and bars

Coral Sea Resort's Sorrento Restaurant and Bar overlooks the marina, serving up sweeping views of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. It's an easy-going vibe with a comforting yet delicious menu of wood-fired pizzas, steaks and fresh seafood. Fish D’vine and Rum Bar offers fresh seafood and more than 500 rums from around the world. Choose from more than 800 beers and ciders at Denman Cellars Beer Café or watch the boats on the water over a cool drink at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.

Market, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Shop the markets and boutiques

The main street of Airlie Beach is the hub for shopping. You'll find everything including souvenirs, art galleries and swimwear by Australian companies including Rip Curl and Billabong. The Airlie Beach markets are held every Saturday morning on the esplanade for locally made jewellery, clothes and crafts.

Sailing, Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

The Whitsundays are among the most magical sailing destinations in the world, and many sailing tours are offered from Airlie Beach, aboard everything from luxury cabin cruisers to bareboat charters on which you sail a yacht yourself. Don't know how to sail? Sunsail Whitsundays will teach you how, with a range of courses available from beginners to advanced.

Aerial of Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

Take a scenic flight to Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is renowned for having some of the whitest sand in the world, and is a must-visit from Airlie Beach. See the highlights of the Whitsundays, including the romantic Heart Reef, from the windows of a seaplane or helicopter with Air Whitsunday or Cruise Whitsundays. If you want an adrenaline rush, tandem skydive with an expert over the islands of the Great Barrier Reef and land on Airlie Beach with Skydive Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach Lagoon, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Whitsundays

Enjoy the Airlie Beach Lagoon

Between the palm-fringed beach and the main street is a huge man-made lagoon where you can swim all year round. Lifeguards are on duty during daylight hours. There's a kids' pool and the surrounding parkland has lots of shade and free barbecues. It's like having your own five-star resort pool.

Conway National Park, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Explore the hinterland

Just minutes from Airlie Beach, Conway National Park is one of the best kept secrets of the Whitsunday hinterland, with scenic lookouts and numerous walking trails that wind through lush rainforest and seasonal waterfalls. The Coastal Fringe Circuit is a flat, easy walk of 1.2 kilometres (0.7 miles). If you're lucky, you might spot an endangered Proserpine rock wallaby.

ReefSleep, Cruise Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Sleep under the stars in an Australian swag at Reefsleep, a permanently moored pontoon on Hardy Reef, in one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef. By day, Cruise Whitsundays will take you snorkelling on its large luxury catamaran, and then when the day adventurers leave, you and up to 17 other guests will spend the night. Watch the reef come alive after dark from the underwater observatory.


Best Australian Islands for Diving - Recipes

Coral Sea Resort, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Discover local restaurants and bars

Coral Sea Resort's Sorrento Restaurant and Bar overlooks the marina, serving up sweeping views of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. It's an easy-going vibe with a comforting yet delicious menu of wood-fired pizzas, steaks and fresh seafood. Fish D’vine and Rum Bar offers fresh seafood and more than 500 rums from around the world. Choose from more than 800 beers and ciders at Denman Cellars Beer Café or watch the boats on the water over a cool drink at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.

Market, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Shop the markets and boutiques

The main street of Airlie Beach is the hub for shopping. You'll find everything including souvenirs, art galleries and swimwear by Australian companies including Rip Curl and Billabong. The Airlie Beach markets are held every Saturday morning on the esplanade for locally made jewellery, clothes and crafts.

Sailing, Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

The Whitsundays are among the most magical sailing destinations in the world, and many sailing tours are offered from Airlie Beach, aboard everything from luxury cabin cruisers to bareboat charters on which you sail a yacht yourself. Don't know how to sail? Sunsail Whitsundays will teach you how, with a range of courses available from beginners to advanced.

Aerial of Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

Take a scenic flight to Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is renowned for having some of the whitest sand in the world, and is a must-visit from Airlie Beach. See the highlights of the Whitsundays, including the romantic Heart Reef, from the windows of a seaplane or helicopter with Air Whitsunday or Cruise Whitsundays. If you want an adrenaline rush, tandem skydive with an expert over the islands of the Great Barrier Reef and land on Airlie Beach with Skydive Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach Lagoon, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Whitsundays

Enjoy the Airlie Beach Lagoon

Between the palm-fringed beach and the main street is a huge man-made lagoon where you can swim all year round. Lifeguards are on duty during daylight hours. There's a kids' pool and the surrounding parkland has lots of shade and free barbecues. It's like having your own five-star resort pool.

Conway National Park, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Explore the hinterland

Just minutes from Airlie Beach, Conway National Park is one of the best kept secrets of the Whitsunday hinterland, with scenic lookouts and numerous walking trails that wind through lush rainforest and seasonal waterfalls. The Coastal Fringe Circuit is a flat, easy walk of 1.2 kilometres (0.7 miles). If you're lucky, you might spot an endangered Proserpine rock wallaby.

ReefSleep, Cruise Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Sleep under the stars in an Australian swag at Reefsleep, a permanently moored pontoon on Hardy Reef, in one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef. By day, Cruise Whitsundays will take you snorkelling on its large luxury catamaran, and then when the day adventurers leave, you and up to 17 other guests will spend the night. Watch the reef come alive after dark from the underwater observatory.


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Coral Sea Resort, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Discover local restaurants and bars

Coral Sea Resort's Sorrento Restaurant and Bar overlooks the marina, serving up sweeping views of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. It's an easy-going vibe with a comforting yet delicious menu of wood-fired pizzas, steaks and fresh seafood. Fish D’vine and Rum Bar offers fresh seafood and more than 500 rums from around the world. Choose from more than 800 beers and ciders at Denman Cellars Beer Café or watch the boats on the water over a cool drink at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.

Market, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Shop the markets and boutiques

The main street of Airlie Beach is the hub for shopping. You'll find everything including souvenirs, art galleries and swimwear by Australian companies including Rip Curl and Billabong. The Airlie Beach markets are held every Saturday morning on the esplanade for locally made jewellery, clothes and crafts.

Sailing, Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

The Whitsundays are among the most magical sailing destinations in the world, and many sailing tours are offered from Airlie Beach, aboard everything from luxury cabin cruisers to bareboat charters on which you sail a yacht yourself. Don't know how to sail? Sunsail Whitsundays will teach you how, with a range of courses available from beginners to advanced.

Aerial of Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

Take a scenic flight to Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is renowned for having some of the whitest sand in the world, and is a must-visit from Airlie Beach. See the highlights of the Whitsundays, including the romantic Heart Reef, from the windows of a seaplane or helicopter with Air Whitsunday or Cruise Whitsundays. If you want an adrenaline rush, tandem skydive with an expert over the islands of the Great Barrier Reef and land on Airlie Beach with Skydive Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach Lagoon, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Whitsundays

Enjoy the Airlie Beach Lagoon

Between the palm-fringed beach and the main street is a huge man-made lagoon where you can swim all year round. Lifeguards are on duty during daylight hours. There's a kids' pool and the surrounding parkland has lots of shade and free barbecues. It's like having your own five-star resort pool.

Conway National Park, Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Explore the hinterland

Just minutes from Airlie Beach, Conway National Park is one of the best kept secrets of the Whitsunday hinterland, with scenic lookouts and numerous walking trails that wind through lush rainforest and seasonal waterfalls. The Coastal Fringe Circuit is a flat, easy walk of 1.2 kilometres (0.7 miles). If you're lucky, you might spot an endangered Proserpine rock wallaby.

ReefSleep, Cruise Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Sleep under the stars in an Australian swag at Reefsleep, a permanently moored pontoon on Hardy Reef, in one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef. By day, Cruise Whitsundays will take you snorkelling on its large luxury catamaran, and then when the day adventurers leave, you and up to 17 other guests will spend the night. Watch the reef come alive after dark from the underwater observatory.