Great Barrier Reef for kids Whitsundays 

Families looking to visit the Whitsundays can base themselves on the mainland at Airlie Beach or out on one of the islands.

Airlie Beach is an excellent hub for the family, with a full range of accommodation options.

There is also a human-made lagoon with gardens, a beach area and a children’s pool for family fun and relaxation.

The tropical urban scene of cafes, markets and local town charm give families a low-key and stress-free stay.

Hamilton Island, with its airport, and Daydream Island are two of the most popular family destinations in the Whitsundays.

Hotel and resort facilities meet families’ needs with various accommodation options: restaurants, swimming pools and activities to keep them safe and entertained on the island.

Tours and boat trips head out from the islands to reef platforms, other islands and destinations such as the glorious world-famous Whitehaven Beach.

Tour options like Daydream Island’s Living Reef program include educational elements, which can be great for kids.

Other family-friendly islands include Hayman Island, the northernmost of the Whitsunday Group.

There are also scenic flight options by helicopter or seaplane over the area, offering unique sights such as the stunning and famous Heart Reef, naturally shaped as a heart.