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Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Full-Day Eco-Cruise with Lunch

1. Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Full-Day Eco-Cruise with Lunch

After pickup from your accommodation, head to the marina in Airlie Beach by bus. Board the custom-built catamaran and enjoy fresh, homemade, gluten-free brownies as a morning snack. The first stop is at one of the area's many beautiful reefs to go snorkeling. Be blown away by the vivid colors, bountiful fish, and coral formations of the Great Barrier Reef's outer fringes. This spot offers a quieter way to experience the UNESCO-protected reef. Then, head to the second snorkeling spot on the northern tip of Hook Island. With your guide, discover the area's underwater valleys, caves, and a variety of marine life. Continue to Whitehaven Beach for a buffet lunch of zucchini frittatas and quiche lorraine served with cold sliced meats, cheeses, salad, and fresh bread. After lunch, join a guided bush walk and history talk to Hill Inlet Lookout, located at the northern end of the beach. Admire the world-famous spot where white sands and turquoise waters blend in a unique swirling effect. Enjoy some free time to relax on the beach and soak up the scenery. An afternoon snack of fresh fruit will be provided before the scenic journey back to Airlie Beach by boat. Be dropped back at your accommodation at approximately 5:00 PM.

From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island Full-Day Coach Tour

2. From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island Full-Day Coach Tour

Join a guided day tour of Fraser Island and visit a curated itinerary of highlights such as Lake McKenzie, 75 Mile Beach, and the Maheno Shipwreck, with return ferry transfers included. Let your driver traverse the tracks and tides to ensure an enjoyable experience on the world’s largest sand island. Begin your adventure with pickup from your Hervey Bay accommodation, or make your own way to River Heads. Take a 40-minute ferry ride to Fraser Island, keeping a look out for dolphins, turtles, and other marine life. Once on the island, follow your local guide to see the stunning natural sights. If English is your second language, download the free foreign language app prior to the tour and use it offline for audio commentary. Learn fascinating facts about the island’s history, and its flora and fauna. Travel in an air-conditioned bus to Central Station, a former logging station. Then stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk to discover the ancient king ferns, towering ghost gums, and pine trees. Continue to Lake McKenzie and swim in the crystal blue waters or relax on the sandy beaches. Next up is the Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Choose to take a flight over the island (at an additional cost), or float down Eli Creek. Visit the Maheno shipwreck and enjoy a photo stop at the rusting wreck of the Maheno. Also, see The Pinnacles colored sands, and learn how these formations were created. Board the 5:00 PM ferry back to River Heads, and get dropped off at your accommodation.

Airlie Beach: Whitsundays and Whitehaven Half-Day Cruise

3. Airlie Beach: Whitsundays and Whitehaven Half-Day Cruise

Cruise to Whitehaven Beach on this 6-hour cruise. Depart early in the morning on a high-speed vessel for a cruise through the Whitsunday Islands and be the first on the beach. Alternatively, depart later in the day and enjoy a sunset cruise home. Enjoy morning or afternoon tea. Board the Whitehaven vessel for the scenic cruise to the magnificent beach. Your cruise vessel has expansive seating areas inside and out and your skipper will provide an informative commentary on the history and natural wonders of the area. Sit back, breathe in the sea air, sip a wine or beer, and marvel at the 74 Island Wonders of the Whitsundays, starting with views of Passage Peak and the Pentecost Island. The waters of Solway Passage lead you to Whitehaven Beach, a must-see in the Whitsundays. Prepare to be dazzled by the breathtaking beauty and vivid white sand of Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. This uninhabited island is one of Australia's true gems. Wander along the beach to your own secluded stretch, laze on the sand or cool off in the azure waters. After spending some time at the Southern end of Whitehaven Beach, make the beautiful journey back to Airlie Beach.

Cairns: Daintree and Mossman Gorge Tour with Cruise Option

4. Cairns: Daintree and Mossman Gorge Tour with Cruise Option

Embark on a day trip where the rainforest meets the reef. See natural sights including the Great Barrier Reef, experience a wildlife cruise, and participate in a smoke ceremony as you go. Start your adventure with a scenic coastal drive from Cairns to Port Douglas, the far north’s very own great ocean road with panoramic views of the sparkling Coral Sea. The first stop is Mossman Gorge, which is in the southern sector of the world-famous Daintree National Park. The gorge has been carved out by the cold mountain waters of the Mossman River, which winds through large granite boulders, bordered by lush green rainforest. It’s a magical place and you’ll be welcomed by the traditional owners, the Kuku Yalanji people, who will also cleanse you of evil spirits during a smoke ceremony. Also, enjoy a refreshing swim in the cascading waters. After crossing the mighty Daintree River and a lunch break, it’s time to explore the ancient rainforest environment on an interesting guided tour of the Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk. Highly trained guides will give expert rainforest interpretation, which will inform and impress. Be amazed at the huge diversity you will encounter, you will discover everything from low-lying ferns and shrubs, to the massive rainforest canopy and even mangrove ecosystems - all in one short easy walk. You can choose to taste locally made ice cream, at your own cost, and prepare for a photo opportunity at the Alexandra Range Lookout, which provides sweeping views over the Daintree River, its rainforest delta, and out to the Coral Sea. In the afternoon, experience a wildlife cruise on the river (if option selected). During the cruise, you may see a crocodile, while learning about the fragile ecosystem of this impressive serpent-like river system. On the return journey to Cairns, drive through Port Douglas, a picturesque beachside village with a laid-back vibe and loads of bars and cafes.

Whitsundays Ocean Rafting Tour: Snorkel, Walk & Whitehaven

5. Whitsundays Ocean Rafting Tour: Snorkel, Walk & Whitehaven

Take off on the ride of your life in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Ride, beach, snorkel, and bushwalk as you embark on the perfect Whitehaven Beach tour, visiting both ends of the world-famous beach. Climb aboard the fastest day boat in the Whitsundays as you depart from Airlie Beach. Experience a fun ride, adventure, and education on super fast semi-rigid inflatable vessels capable of speeds of up to 35 knots (65 kilometers per hour). Select the North Whitehaven option for an eco-adventure popular amongst avid snorkellers. This includes two different snorkel destinations, a visit to the stunning beach at Hill Inlet, and a guided National Park walk to the lookout above the silica sand of Whitehaven. Select the South Whitehaven option for more beach time. Enjoy at least two hours relaxing on the white silica sand, and a guided walk to Hill Inlet for breathtaking views of the tropical waters. Snorkel for over an hour amid corals and fringing reefs. Either way, enjoy the only tour in the Whitsundays to have direct access to Hill Inlet beaches at Whitehaven. And have peace of mind by traveling with an advanced ecotourism-certified, climate change business and green travel leader.

Airlie Beach: Full-Day Whitehaven Beach & Islands Boat Tour

6. Airlie Beach: Full-Day Whitehaven Beach & Islands Boat Tour

Enjoy a Whitehaven Islands cruise on an air-conditioned catamaran from Airlie Beach. Cross the Whitsunday passage into Cid Harbor and travel through the Hook Passage. Drop anchor at Tongue Point and visit Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach. Depart from Shute Harbour in the morning and cruise through the Molle group of islands. Once you cross the Whitsunday passage, enter into Cid Harbour and learn its historic role in the Battle of the Coral Sea.  Go through Hook Passage, which harbors hundreds of thousands of ships every year. Stop at Tongue Point to enjoy a guided tour of Hill Inlet, known for its bushwalks and stunning views.  Sail thorugh Whitehaven Bay to explore Whitehaven Beach, famous for its silica white sand and crystal clear waters. Swim, sunbathe, and relax before heading back through the Whitsunday Islands.  Climb up onto the observation deck and take in panoramic views. Enjoy morning tea, lunch, a pay bar throughout the duration of the tour, and an onboard commentary. 

From Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Beach Club Cruise

7. From Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Beach Club Cruise

Travel directly to the world-famous Whitehaven Beach on a 50-seat fast-cat that was purpose-built for the Whitsundays and offers a stable and comfortable ride direct to Whitehaven. On arrival, you will have access to complementary equipment and activities including stand-up paddle boards, volleyball, sun umbrellas, and beach games. With up to 5 hours of beach time, you can make the most of your day by exploring or just relaxing. Take a self-guided walk to South Whitehaven Lookout with magical views of the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Beach: 2-Day, 2-Night Whitsunday Islands Sailing Tour

8. Airlie Beach: 2-Day, 2-Night Whitsunday Islands Sailing Tour

Soak up the stunning world heritage listed Whitsunday Islands and fringing Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, while taking in the sun’s rejuvenating rays, never feeling overcrowded. Just the way it’s meant to be. Avatar caters to guests of all ages. She sleeps 26 guests and 3 crew in a mixture of open plan bunks and private doubles. All meals are freshly prepared on board and include: spaghetti Bolognese, beef tacos, fresh meats, salads, breads, fruits, dips and crackers plus loads more! You won’t go hungry! Avatar Whitsundays is truly a sailing specialist. 2-day 2-night tours of the Whitsunday Islands can include – Whitehaven Beach, Hook Island, Hayman Island, Border Island and Whitsunday Island, with snorkelling stops at Luncheon Bay, Caves Cove, Blue Pearl Bay plus plenty of other awesome locations. Snorkelling equipment, stinger suits/wetsuits are all included. Avatar is one of the fastest, most high-tech racing yachts ever to be offered for charter in Australia, so if your taste is for the extreme side, this is the boat to be on.

From Cairns: Full-Day Green Island Cruise

9. From Cairns: Full-Day Green Island Cruise

Climb aboard a modern catamaran to sail into Green Island National Park on a beach and snorkeling cruise from Cairns. Discover a hidden gem in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and explore its coral reefs with snorkeling gear. Choose to enjoy a buffet lunch and go on a semi-submarine tour. Make your way to the harbor to meet your friendly crew for the day and climb onto your catamaran. Relax in the sun as you set sail towards the Great Barrier Reef. Experience picturesque views of the ocean as you arrive at Green Island National Park. Stroll around the island and explore its tranquil beaches. Find a stop to relax and go for a dip in the ocean. Get access to snorkeling gear and take a peek into the region's thriving marine life. You can also opt to go on a semi-submarine or a glass-bottom boat tour to discover the colorful coral reef and fish in comfort.

Airlie Beach: Whitsundays Fly and Cruise Helicopter Tour

10. Airlie Beach: Whitsundays Fly and Cruise Helicopter Tour

Enjoy transportation to the world-famous Whitehaven Beach, a buffet lunch, and a spectacular helicopter flight over Hill Inlet and the Whitsunday Islands on this fly and cruise helicopter combo tour. After pickup, cruise through the turquoise waters of the Whitsunday Islands to reach the beach club. Access all of the club's facilities and activities, including a buffet lunch. Soak up the sun on the beach or take a stroll to South Whitehaven Lookout. Later, board the helicopter for a scenic helicopter flight with a guaranteed window seat. Fly over Whitehaven Beach and the iconic Hill Inlet. Admire views of the swirling white sands contrasting against the turquoise waters of the inlet.

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,195 reviews

Amazing day out! Two beautiful snorkel spots, small bush walk with an amazing view and swim at the amazing Whitehaven beach. Good food and great vibes on the boat. Crew were great (Scotty and Rhys), they kept everyone happy, entertained and well looked after all day. Definitely would go back again.

Excellent day with Sealink. We were well looked after by the entire crew. The cruise was very well organized and the captain and crew were very professional. We highly recommend this excursion.

This was a great day trip, with brilliant staff, good walks and beautiful views. The food was also fantastic. Would recommend to anyone not wanting to stay overnight on a boat

What a fantastic day! Gary our tour guide was so informative and everything was so very well organised. A day to remember and would highly recommend!

Full day with lots of traveling and lots of stops so we got to experience different areas.