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Plan the perfect trip to the Whitsunday Islands, like snorkeling off of Whitehaven Beach
The 13 Best Things to Do in the Whitsundays

The Whitsunday Islands are an idyllic gateway to the Great Barrier Reef that lie just off Australia's rainforest-covered Queensland coastline. Known for their turquoise waters and tranquil beaches, you'll find an abundance of water-based activities to dive into here. These include snorkeling, diving, swimming, kayaking, and spending a night on a chartered catamaran. Or, stick to land and enjoy hiking, golfing, cycling, and learning about the local wildlife.

Whitehaven Beach is stretch along Whitsunday Island in Australia
Map of Great Ocean Road & the Whitsundays - 9 Days
Great Ocean Road & the Whitsundays - 9 Days

Get set for a fantastic nine-day adventure across Australia. Start in Melbourne, rent a car, and hit the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia's most iconic drives. Fly north to tropical Queensland to see the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Witness the magnificent Whitehaven Beach, famous for its pristine white silica sand, and go snorkeling. Drive south to Rockhampton, Australia's Beef Capital, then fly to beautiful Brisbane.

Visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Map of East Coast Aussie Adventure: Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Cairns, Adelaide & Sydney - 14 Days
East Coast Aussie Adventure: Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Cairns, Adelaide & Sydney - 14 Days

Enjoy the best of the East Coast of Australia on this two-week trip. Begin with a tour of Brisbane before heading to the Whitsunday Islands. Indulge in a free day in Cairns, then cruise over to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and lush Daintree Rainforest. Next, tour Adelaide and spend a full day with native species at Kangaroo Island. The trip concludes in Sydney to discover the landmarks, as well as the stunning Blue Mountains region.

Map of Australia East Coast Adventure - 21 Days
Australia East Coast Adventure - 21 Days

Three weeks on the east coast of Australia is enough to cover all the highlights and much more. On this itinerary, you'll experience First Nations culture, embark on coastal road trips, take a balloon ride over wine country, hike the famous Blue Mountains, and tour the highlights of Sydney—and that's only the beginning. The adventure continues with surfing in Byron Bay, relaxing on the Gold Coast, exploring the outback, and sailing around the Great Barrier Reef.

Other popular travel destinations in Australia
Sydney · Melbourne · Cairns · Uluru · Port Douglas · Perth · Gold Coast · Whitsundays · Hamilton Island · Tasmania