9 ways to see the Whitsundays above, on and under the water

Beautiful from every angle, the Whitsundays is quite the charmer. If you’re visiting soon, here’s how you can see this beauty from above, at eye level and from underwater.

From above

Seaplane to Heart Reef

Heart Reef, Hardy Reef, The Whitsundays

There’s a reef in the shape of a heart and you need to see it. The Whitsundays is the centre of the Great Barrier Reef, and one the best ways to see the reef is from the window of your privately chartered seaplane.


Whitehaven Beach, The Whitsundays

No brainer, right? But seriously, if you have a drone, get that bad boy flying and capture the essence of the Whitsundays.

When you share your photos on social media, don’t forget to tag @queensland and use #ThisIsQueensland so we can see your hot drone shots too.

At eye level

Golf buggy on Hamilton Island

Hire a buggy and roll around Hammo in style.

Tip: Cruise your way up to One Tree Hill in the afternoon and enjoy sunset drinks and canapes.



Photo by @lebigtrip

Visiting Airlie Beach? Then you should seriously get your Segway on!

Take a tour of the rainforest with Whitsunday Segway Tours or zoom along the boardwalk and enjoy a sunset dinner.


Lace up your boots and hike to Passage Peak on Hamilton Island to get incredible 360-degree views of the Whitsunday islands.

Psst! Here’s how you can spend 48 hours on Hammo.

On the sea

Reef Sleep

Reef Sleep in the Whitsundays

Photo by @slizweigh

Yes, you read that right! You can actually spend a night on a reef pontoon.

Dive the reef during the day, enjoy the underwater observatory, and then sleep under the stars at night.



Take a kayak adventure around the Whitsunday Islands on the Ngaro Sea Trail or visit the iconic Whitehaven Beach and explore uncrowded sand cays.



Photo by @reubennutt

“Aye aye captain”

Hire your private bareboat and charter a course around the Whitsundays. If you’re not a confident sailor, hire a crew to do all the hard work for ya #winning!

Here are some tips for bareboating around the Whitsundays.


Snorkel or Scuba


Diving in is the ultimate way to get up close to the Great Barrier Reef and its marine life.

P.S. If you’re looking for more things to do while you’re in the Whitsundays. We’ve got you covered.

Excuse us while we book our impromptu trip to the Whitsundays:

Booking our holiday

How have you seen the Whitsundays? Tell us in the comments!