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5 Top Things to Do in the Whitsundays


The Great Barrier Reef in Queensland is on most peoples’ Bucket List. It was always on my bucket list and now one of my most memorable experiences to date.  Here are my top 5 things to do when you visit Hamilton Island on the Whitsundays.

  1. Snorkel or Scuba Dive the Great Barrier Reef

Regardless which part of the reef you decide to explore, either way it’s an amazing experience. Most hotels and reef day cruises and offer all your equipment, including snorkelling and scuba gear, fish food, stinger suits, flippers and goggles.

  1. Cruise to the Reef

Snorkel with a huge array of tropical fish. See coral formations that don’t exist anywhere else on the planet. And discover all the beauty of this natural wonder, with this relaxed day trip that’s suitable for the whole family.  Travelling by catamaran, you’ll spend most of the day at Reefworld Pontoon, located on beautiful Hardy Reef. Here, you can enjoy a whole range of activities – both above and below the water.

  1. Helicopter Ride over the Heart Reef


Take an unforgettable, ten minute scenic helicopter ride over the iconic Heart Reef. This can be arranged on the boat ride out to the reef dependent on availability for the day and costs start at $145 per person.

  1. Hire A Golf Buggy and Explore the Island


This is the perfect way to get around Hamilton Island. Take a self-drive tour, or hire a golf buggy to go between your accommodation and points of interest across the island. Each buggy can carry 4 passengers and restraints are available for children. The cost to hire starts from 1 Hour for $46. Our group of friends held a fun orienteering activity. Each team were given a number questions relating to landmarks on Hamilton Island. The activity was so much fun and allowed as us to learn more about the history of Hamilton Island. Its also fun having the local staff involved. This was just another memorable experience on the island.

  1. Early Morning Bush Walk to see the Sunrise from Passage Peak


If you want to see a spectacular sunrise, the one at Hamilton island at the highest peak (Passage Peak) is one of the most breathtaking. It is recommended the Passage Peak walk is commenced from the Scenic Trail Entrance. This is a spectacular but challenging walk. Once you have negotiated the final steep section of this trail you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Whitsundays from the highest point on Hamilton Island, Passage Peak. Allow at least 90 minutes – 2 hours depending on the fitness level of your friends and arrive by 6am…. in time to see the sun rise. Check your local Sunrise times.


Either way… put the Great Barrier Reef on your Bucket list. It is a truly magnificent experience for all ages. Whether you want to stay on the island and explore the local village, spend a day on the reef or just relax, there is something for everyone.

Written by Lou Harty