The Great Barrier Reef‘s Whitsundays are a splendid destination for family holidays – there is so much to see and do for kids of all ages. Whether you holiday on the mainland at Airlie Beach or choose an island getaway, slow down, reconnect with your loved ones and enjoy a fun family getaway in the Whitsundays!
The kids will be wide-eyed with wonder – bright colours, fun places to stay and a huge range of things to do will keep your family busy and entertained while at the same time relaxed and happy.
1. Meet Pancake and Pikelet, the resident stingrays at Daydream Island’s Living Reef and give their baby stingrays a pet! (Note: At time of writing Daydream Island is closed for renovation)
2. Stroll over one of the region’s farmers markets and indulge in fresh, local produce. Did you know that if you eat a tomato in winter, it most likely comes from Bowen in the Whitsundays?
3. Go croc spotting on the Proserpine River and learn more about the Goorganga wetlands with Whitsunday Crocodile Safari
4. Swim, play or barbecue at the Airlie Beach lagoon. The green parklands, playground and refreshing pool are the ideal hangout during the day.
5. Enjoy breakfast with the koalas at WILD LIFE Hamilton Island Park Cafe. Bacon, eggs and hash browns taste much better when eaten up close and personal to these furry Aussie friends!
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6. Snorkel, swim and splash amidst thousands of colourful coral and fish at a day out on the outer Great Barrier Reef’s floating pontoon at Hardy Reef with Cruise Whitsundays.
7. Play beach games, mini tennis, feed the many fish or get the ultimate sweet fix at the famous Chocolate Room (yum!) at Hayman Island.
8. Slip down the water slide at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort, hop on the giant jumping pillow or make new friends at the Kids Club. Make sure you check out the weekly activity guide when
you plan your trip.
9. Feel the rush of Formula 1 go-cart action in Hamilton Island’s Palm Valley. Take the wheel on the exhilarating outdoor track, reaching speeds of up to 45km per hour.
10. Spot a whale! Humpback whales are a common sight around the Whitsunday Islands during their annual migration north from around June to October. Whitsunday Passage is a favourite location to spot them.