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Whitsundays Islands, Great Barrier Reef

Key Tourism Attractions

  • Whitehaven Beach – Voted best beach in Australia
  • Great Barrier Reef – Scuba Diving/Snorkelling
  • Eungella National Park/Whitsunday Mainland Coast
  • 74 Whitsunday Islands to Explore
  • Ngaro Sea Trial – Indigenous History
  • Whale Watching (June – October)


Key Events 

  • Whitsunday Clipper Race Carnival – January 2018
  • Hamilton Island Race Week – August 2018
  • Airlie Beach Race Week – August 2018
  • Whitsunday Festival of Motorsport – October 2018
  • Airlie Beach Music Festival – November 2018
  • Hamilton Island Triathlon – November 2018


Cruising Highlights

Guests berthing at the Hamilton Island marina are able to travel to the world-famous Whitehaven Beach, which is a short 12 nautical mile voyage from Hamilton Island through Solway passage. Whitehaven Beach is frequently recognised as one of the best beaches in the world, and boasts fine white silica sand and calm, azure waters. When at Whitehaven Beach a must do is to explore the iconic Hill Inlet walking trail, which provides access to breathtaking views of the Whitsunday Islands.

Another location close to Hamilton Island is Cid Harbour, which is a secluded and protected anchorage on the western side of Whitsunday Island. While at Cid Harbour visitors can explore the rainforest walking trails between the beaches, with one being a one-hour trail to Whitsunday Peak which offers awe-inspiring 360 degree views.

Located on the North Western side of Hook Island is Stonehaven, another sheltered anchorage which promises a spectacular sunset for those who visit. Stonehaven is a short tender ride to some of the best snorkelling spots in the Whitsundays, including Butterfly Bay and Manta Ray Bay on Hook Island. Another location to explore on Hook Island is Nara Inlet, which is protected and has a national park walking trail featuring historical Indigenous caves and paintings.

For those guests wanting to stay on Hamilton Island and relax, Hamilton Island Air offers a series of seaplane and helicopter tours to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach.


Day 1: Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island to Cid Harbour anchoring in the calm waters of this deep anchorage location, beach walks, swimming, enjoy the pristine surroundings of the magnificent Whitsunday Islands.

Day 2: Hamilton Island to Hayman Island

Cid Harbour to Nara Inlet – walk to the aboriginal cave paintings, swim and soak up the sun on another calm anchorage nestled between the steep slopes of Hook Island, steam from Nara to Hayman Island – visiting world class resort facilities, diving or snorkelling at Blue Pearl Bay.

Day 3: Sea Plane to Hardy Lagoon at Hardy Reef from Hayman Island

OR Steam to Hardy Lagoon, Hardy Reef and enjoy the activities on offer at the Fantasy Pontoon – diving, snorkelling, helicopter view of the reef, glass bottom boats etc. Visit or anchor at Black Reef.

Day 4: Hayman Island / Black Reef to Hamilton Island

Steam back towards the Islands visiting Whitehaven Beach, Solway Pass, returning to Hamilton Island to enjoy the activities on offer at the island.