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Heart Reef © Tourism Whitsundays
Heart Reef © Tourism Whitsundays

The Coolest Places to Visit Along the Whitsunday Coast

Picture of Kelly Hawke
Updated: 27 April 2017
Along the north Queensland coast you’ll find the stunning Whitsunday Islands. This a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, looking for the perfect escape in a stunning setting.


Heart Reef

This naturally formed coral composition is in the shape of a heart. A famous location in the Whitsundays, it’s the spot of many marriage proposals and romantic getaways, from the air. Because the reef is protected, visitors can only visit from above. It’s best to experience from a helicopter or seaplane.

Heart Reef, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park 4805, Queensland 

Heart Reef © Tourism Whitsundays

Heart Reef © Tourism Whitsundays

 Lady Enid

For a dining experience like no other, spend lunch on the world-famous Whitehaven Beach. The Lady Enid yacht takes its guests through the waters of the Whitsundays, with snorkelling stops on the way, before reaching Whitehaven. A seafood lunch is served before returning to Airlie Beach.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, 13 The Cove Road, Port of Airlie 4802, Queensland


The crème de la crème of resorts in the Whitsundays, Qualia is the ultimate getaway. The words luxury, chic and natural beauty come to mind when describing this luxe escape. Not only does it offer the most sophisticated accommodation, award-winning menus but the most stunning backdrop of the Whitsundays.

Qualia, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, 20 Whitsunday Blvd, Whitsundays 4803, Queensland 1300 780 959

Aquazure Poolside dining

Located at One & Only Hayman Island, this waterfront restaurant is an experience like no other. Lap up the sunshine, laze in the cabanas, have a dip in the infinity pool and enjoy the modern Australian menu. If it’s good enough for the cast of Modern Family, it should be worth the visit.

One & Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Aquazure Poolside Dining | © One & Only Hayman Island

Aquazure Poolside Dining | © One & Only Hayman Island

Hamilton Island Golf Course

For those who like to get into the swing of things on holiday, this golf course is for you. As you tee off on the 18-hole, par 71 golf course you look out to breathtaking views from every angle. Hamilton Island Golf Course has been described as one of the most challenging courses in the world, maybe because it’s hard not to focus on the view!

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Dent Island 4803, Queensland (07) 4946 9999