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 a great hub for the family with a full range of accommodation options. There is also an artificial lagoon with gardens, a beach area and a children’s pool for family fun and relaxation. The tropical urban scene of cafes, markets and regional town charm give families a low-key and stress-free stay.
With their own airport, Hamilton Island and Daydream Island are two of the most popular family destinations in the Whitsundays. Hotel and resort facilities are designed to meet the needs of families with a range of different accommodation options, restaurants, swimming pools and activities to keep them safe and entertained on the island.
Things to do
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.