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All camping areas in Queensland national parks, state forests and recreation areas are closed from 26 March 2020 until further notice. Check Park Alerts for more information.

About Whitsundays

Planning your trip

Welcome to the Whitsundays

The continental islands of the Whitsundays were formed when changing sea levels drowned a mountain range. The area is part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and is acknowledged as one of the world’s best destinations for diving, snorkelling and sailing. Walking tracks and beaches also allow visitors to explore the fringes of these rugged, densely vegetated World Heritage-listed islands.

A land and sea adventure

This is one of Queensland’s 10 Great Walks. Go by boat and on foot; it will add another dimension to exploring the Whitsundays.Visit iconic destinations with magnificent views.

  • Walk through different landscapes on a variety of short, long or challenging tracks on:
    • Whitsunday Island
    • South Molle Island
    • Hook Islands.
  • View Aboriginal art on Hook Island's Ngaro cultural walk.
  • Take in stunning views.

Use the information below as a guide to plan your trip. For more information, see each specific park’s web page or contact us.

Getting there and getting around

Sailing the Whitsundays. Photo: J Heitman.

Sailing the Whitsundays. Photo: J Heitman.

The Whitsunday islands are readily accessible by boat from Airlie Beach or Shute Harbour, east of Proserpine in Central Queensland. By road the area is about 12hr north of Brisbane and 8hr south of Cairns. Follow signs on the Bruce Highway to Airlie Beach. Most roads in the region are suitable for conventional vehicles.

How to get to the Whitsunday national park islands

By private vessel

Public boat ramps:

  • Shute Harbour
  • Abel Point
  • Airlie Beach
  • Cannonvale
  • Dingo Beach
  • Conway Beach
  • Midge Point.
Commercial tours
Commercial boat transfers
  • You can organise transfers at tourist booking agencies.
  • Commercial operators depart from either Shute Harbour or Abel Point Marina.
  • Tides, group size, equipment and costs vary due to the type of vessel required.
Commercial boat hire


Access and many activities depend on tide times and heights.

  • The Whitsunday area has a large tidal range of up to four metres.
  • The average tidal range is about two to three metres.

Water visibility for snorkelling and diving also depends on the weather.

  • Ideal conditions: periods of small tides and calm seas.

Also see: Weather forecasts from Bureau of Meteorology.


Kayaking around the islands is fun. You will need:

  • a carefully planned itinerary; contact us before booking your camp sites
  • a good map
  • camping permits
  • to be very fit
  • to carry enough drinking water— at least 2-3 litres per day per person
  • to understand the effects of weather to cross various passages and channels
  • to know what to do when the weather stops you; it could affect your itinerary and camp bookings.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities on the parks of the Whitsunday islands.

Park features

Whales are a common site around the Whitsundays in winter. Photo: J Heitman.

Whales are a common site around the Whitsundays in winter. Photo: J Heitman.

The Whitsundays is part of the Cumberland Island Group—the largest offshore island chain along the entire Australian coastline—and includes more than 90 islands. The islands are actually peaks of drowned mountain ranges, separated by rising sea levels starting around 19,000 years ago, when the polar ice caps started melting after the last ice. The islands and their surrounding waters are internationally significant and protected in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, the first such area declared in Australia (1981) and the largest ever established. The reefs contain an outstanding variety of corals. Whitsunday Island’s Whitehaven Beach is world-renowned for its bright, white, silica sand and crystal-clear water.

The Whitsundays are full of life

Camping and accommodation

Camp at 25 locations in the Whitsunday islands. Photo: J Heitman.

Camp at 25 locations in the Whitsunday islands. Photo: J Heitman.


There is a range of camping opportunities, depending on your needs.

Find our more about camping in these places:

Camping information

  • Camper numbers are limited to ensure a quality experience.
  • Camping permits are required from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and fees apply.
  • You will need to book your camp site/s and purchase your permit in advance.
  • Camping permits must be displayed prominently on your tent; penalties apply for camping without a valid permit.

Boat access only

  • Check mooring locations and best anchorages for each area.
  • A number of commercial boat operators will take campers to national park islands.
    • These 'transfers' must be booked well in advance with the operator, not QPWS.
    • Book your transfer before booking your camping permit.

Also see: Tourism information links

Camping bookings

Camping bookings open 11 months in advance to help visitors fit in with charter boat operators who have long lead times in yearly schedules. School holiday periods are often fully booked soon after bookings open.

Set up and camp carefully

Camp only in designated camp sites
  • Display your camping permit tag.
  • Do not clear vegetation.
Do not dig trenches around your tent
  • Choose your site so that water drains naturally.
  • Trenches disturb the soil and encourage weeds.
Look up and live
  • Do not camp underneath trees with dead branches.
  • Check overhead for other hazards.
Freestanding camping structures
  • Bring enough tent pegs and ropes.
  • Sand pegs work best in sandy areas.
  • Tents, tarpaulins, hammocks and clothes lines must not be attached to tree or facilities.
  • Do not hang anything, like rubbish bags or towels, in trees.

Remember, trees and shrubs are protected here. The weight and friction of your ropes can scar the trees forever. Brittle branches can snap without warning.

Do not clear vegetation
  • Everything is protected by law.
  • Vegetation includes grasses, vines, fallen timber and leaf litter.
  • Collecting is not permitted—leave things as they are.
Never hang rubbish bags from trees or tents
  • Wildlife such as birds, goannas and native mice and rats can eat through thin plastic bags.
  • The contents scatter on the ground and attract other scavengers.
  • Even small scraps of food will attract them.
Keep watercourses clean
  • Do not use detergents, toothpaste or soap in watercourses; they foul the water.
  • Take dish water at least 50m away from watercourses and beaches.
  • As an alternative to using a lot of detergent, try using sand to scour dishes before washing.
  • Only use biodegradable detergent products.
  • Scatter dish water away from the camping area or tip into a hole and cover over.
  • Never let litter blow away—plastics can choke marine life.
Use toilets where provided
  • Practise good camping hygiene—always use toilets when provided.
Bush toileting
  • Pack a small spade and toilet paper in case you have to bush toilet.
  • Walk at least 100m from camp sites or watercourses.
  • Bury the toilet waste (including the paper) at least 15cm deep and cover the hole.

Campfires and ash-producing stoves are not permitted on national park islands.

  • Use gas or fuel stoves for cooking.
  • Generators, compressors or similar motors are not permitted:
    • in any national park island in the Whitsundays
    • on the beach at Jonah Bay or at Nelly Bay, near Dingo Beach, on the mainland.

Other accommodation

A range of holiday accommodation—resorts, hostels and units—can be found in the district near the national parks and on particular islands. For more information see tourism information links below.

Things to do

Snorkelling and diving is best one hour before or after high or low tide (slack water). Photo: J Heitman.

Snorkelling and diving is best one hour before or after high or low tide (slack water). Photo: J Heitman.

The parks of the Whitsundays offer diverse experiences for visitors. Check each park’s page for specific information.


Walking tracks and beaches allow you to explore the fringes of these rugged, densely vegetated islands.

The Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail brings together a variety of walks across three national park islands. Visitors can choose to walk a small section or stay overnight and link the walking tracks with short boat or kayak trips.

If you don’t have a boat or kayak, you can access these islands and their walks either on day tours with a variety of tour operators or by ferry transfer to island resorts.

Read more:

When walking

Keep to the track
  • The islands are rugged and densely vegetated.
  • These are not places to explore off-track.
    • You can get lost or hurt if you wander off the track system.
    • You can damage the soil surface, which increases sediment run-off and smothers coral.
Follow sign directions
  • Some walking tracks may be closed for maintenance, fires, cyclone damage or other safety reasons.
  • Access to some areas is restricted—do not enter.
  • Signs are there for your safety.
Wear sturdy footwear
  •  The terrain is uneven and rocky in places.
Do not touch stinging tree leaves
  • These almost heart-shaped leaves have fine hairs with an irritant poison.
  • When you touch them or brush up against the leaves, the hairs break off.
  • The poison is almost 'injected' into your skin; extremely painful!—like a nettle burn.
  • Use sticky tape to remove the hairs.
  • Do not wash the area under water or vinegar; it just pushes more of the irritant into the skin.
  • Do not rub the area or use sand.
Take plenty of drinking water

Generally in this climate 1-2 litres per person per day is recommended.

Wear a hat and sunscreen

Swimming in a thick, long-sleeved shirt or a wet suit can avoid polluting the water with sunscreen sediment.

Guided tours and talks

Many commercial operators offer tours throughout the Whitsundays. See the tourism information links for more information.

Picnic and day-use areas

  • Some of the islands offer picnic areas for day-use.
  • Most are near a beach.
  • They may include picnic tables and toilets.
  • Some have no facilities at all—be prepared.
  • For a complete list see the Parks of the Whitsundays map (PDF, 361K).
  • You must use gas or fuel stoves for cooking—open fires and ash-producing stoves are not permitted on national park islands or intertidal lands adjacent to national park islands.

Boating and fishing

This area has been described as a boating paradise with deep blue waters, tropical weather and secluded islands to explore. It has rules and regulations to help keep it that way.

  • The waters of the Whitsundays are internationally significant and protected in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
  • Marine park zones surround the islands and provide a balanced approach to protecting the reef while allowing some recreation and commercial use.
    • Zones include both intertidal areas and the sea.
    • Some activities, like fishing or collecting, are not permitted in some zones and penalties apply.
  • Use public moorings
    • help to reduce coral damage from anchors
    • provide safe and sustainable access to popular reefs and islands.
  • Moorings accommodate a variety of vessel sizes and are accessed on a first-come-best-placed rule.
    • Day-time moorings—time limits may apply.
    • Overnight moorings (3pm–9am); available to everyone at any time, if there's space.

Learn more:

Fishing is not permitted in Marine National Park (green) zones

These zones include, but are not limited to, locations such as:

  • Whitehaven Beach
  • Denman Island
  • Armit Island
  • northern Hook Island bays.

Go slow when boating

Take care and obey speed signs

Skippers and boaties, please look out for surface marine life and go slow for those below.

  • Please keep to slow speed restrictions, which are set for good reasons.
    • Boats, at slower speeds, don't frighten shorebirds off their nests.
    • Turtles are vulnerable to boat strike because they often bask at the water surface.
    • Dugong, whales and dolphins need to come up for air and are vulnerable to boatstrike too.
    • The increasing number of high-speed vessels in reef waters increases the likelihood of such collisions.

Also read: Take care of nesting seabirds

Report marine strandings or injured wildlife

Call the Wildlife Hotline 1300 130 372 to report injured, sick, or orphaned wildlife.

Do not collect coral, starfish or shells

Picking up or taking an animal or even an empty shell is robbing something of a home.

  • Take photographs—they last longer.
  • Limited collecting is allowed in some areas.
    • Generally, not more than 5 of any one species can be taken at a time.
    • No coral or clams (alive or dead) can be taken without a permit.

Learn more: Refer to your marine park zoning map.

  • Remember—everything is protected in a national park.


In an area surrounded by water, swimming is a much-loved activity. It is not recommended, but if you choose to swim, you are responsible for your own safety. There are dangers:

  • strong currents
  • sharks
  • marine stingers
  • crocodiles.


Snorkelling over the reef flat at high tide can be exhilarating. The water is usually clearer at the northern sides of the outer islands. Scuba divers can explore coral bommies, crevices and caves along the reef perimeter and slope.

  • Consider wearing diving boots to protect your feet, as you may have to walk across coral rubble to the water.
  • Never walk or stand on corals; help protect these easily damaged structures.
  • A boat is the only safe way to reach distant snorkelling and diving sites.

Warning: Beware of strong currents and changing tidal conditions.

Read more vital information: Swimming  and snorkelling in the Whitsundays.

Watching wildlife

Explore the Whitsunday islands’ habitats.

  • Walk along isolated beaches to see local fauna.
  • Goannas and flying-foxes are common, but tiny wildlife can be fascinating to look for.
  • Go birdwatching in the forest or on the beach.
    • White-bellied sea-eagles and Brahminy kites soar overhead.
    • Pied oyster-catchers probe for small molluscs on the rocky shores.
    • Eastern reef egrets stalk small fish in the shallows.
    • Shorebrids and waders are plentiful, particularly from October to April when thousands of waders migrate here to nest.

Read more: Nature, culture and history of the Whitsundays.

Nesting birds

Migrant sea and shorebirds come here to nest and feed. They are easily disturbed, using their energy reserves, which they need for their return flights. These birds are protected.

Significant-site protection regulations

Please observe boating restrictions (see table below) and take care of nesting seabirds.

Significant-site locations

  • A 6knot speed limit, within 200m of the low water mark, applies as shown in the table below.
  • Around significant sites, aircraft are not permitted:
    • to fly below 1,500 feet (above the ground or over the water)
    • to approach within 1,000 feet.
  • Stay out of intertidal beaches that are closed temporarily to protect any endangered wildlife.

* Boat-free zone applies at East Rock, Edwin Rock and Olden Rock (south of Olden Island):

  • between 1 October and 31 December each year
  • within 200m of high water mark.

Restrictions apply all year

Restrictions apply 1 October to 31 March (inclusive)

  • Bird Island

  • East Rock*

  • Edwin Rock*

  • Eshelby Island

  • Little Eshelby Island

  • Armit Island (southern beach)

  • Double Cone Island (western island only)

  • Grassy Island (southern beach only)

  • Little Armit Island

  • Olden Rock (south of Olden Island) *

  • Shaw Island (east of Burning Point)

  • South Repulse Island (western beach)

Keep wildlife wild

All wildlife in national parks is protected. You can help care for wildlife by following these guidelines.

Goannas, brush turkeys and some other animals are scavengers and sometimes bully visitors for food or scrounge for rubbish. They can rip into plastic bags or cardboard packaging.

  • Never feed them directly, or accidentally by leaving food or rubbish on tables.
  • They lose their fear of people and can bite and scratch you.
  • Keep your food and scraps safe from wildlife in secure containers.

Things to know before you go

Our precious Great Barrier Reef World Heritage islands are among the most pest-free islands in the world. They need your help to stay this way. Please Be pest-free! (PDF, 574K) before your visit.

Essentials to bring

Although rangers undertake regular marine park patrols, generally there are none on site. You must be responsible for your own safety.

Please pack carefully and remember to bring:

  • Sufficient food and water, plus extra in case of emergency.
  • None of the islands have fresh water.
  • Bring enough water for drinking, cooking, washing and bathing; allow at least 5 litres per person per day.
  • A gas or fuel stove for cooking—fires or ash-producing stoves are not permitted.
  • A first aid kit, lots of vinegar and get advice on recognising and treating stings from dangerous marine stingers.
  • Reliable equipment such as torches, AM/FM radio and VHF radio.
  • Dehydrated food and minimal packaging.
  • Sturdy food containers and rubbish bags.
  • Camping gear cleaned of seeds, insects and vermin.
  • Tarpaulin, sunscreen and personal insect repellent.

Opening hours

The parks of the Whitsunday islands are open 24 hours a day, all year round. However, parks may be closed in the event of bad weather.

Permits and fees

Camping permits

Camping permits are required for camping in the Whitsunday national parks and fees apply. Visitor numbers are limited to ensure a quality experience.

  • You will need to book your site and purchase your permit in advance.
  • Display your camping permit tag prominently on your tent—there are fines for camping without it.
  • Book your campsite online.
  • If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for further options.

Other permits

Commercial photography permits are required if you intend to sell any photographs taken of national park islands in the Whitsundays. Organised event permits are required for organised group activities that may interfere with general public use. Commercial activity permits are required for any commercial activities. Contact us for further information.


No pets permitted on national park islands or intertidal lands adjacent to national park islands.

Climate and weather

Pleasant conditions occur throughout the year.

  • April–September daytime temperatures are mild to warm (21–26°C) with cool nights (16–22°C) particularly when prevailing south-easterly winds blow.
  • Water temperatures on the reef flat vary from 22°C in July to 27°C in January.
  • October–January days are hotter (26–31°C) and more humid.
    • Balmy nights follow strong but cooling north-easterly afternoon sea breezes.
  • January–April is the wet season though showers may fall in any month.
    • Cyclones are more likely between November and March.
  • See staying safe for further information.

Also note:

  • The Whitsundays receive good, broadcast radio reception and weather forecasts are available hourly on most channels.
  • Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology, or by phoning 1300 360 426.

Fuel and supplies

The nearest fuel and supplies can be found in Proserpine and Airlie Beach. See tourism information links for further information.

Staying safe

On longer walks

Know your limits and choose your walks carefully.

  • Some longer walks are difficult and are only suitable for fit and experienced walkers.
  • Be well prepared and leave enough time for your return journey.
  • Never walk alone.
Be prepared for emergencies
  • Carry emergency supplies—food, water, AM/FM radio, spare batteries.
  • Monitor weather forecasts—local ABC radio stations give vital information about changing weather conditions.
  • Leave an updated itinerary with a reliable friend or family member—let them know what to do if things go wrong.
Carry a first aid kit and medical supplies
  • Iodine-based antiseptic is best for cuts, especially coral cuts, but check for iodine allergy before administering it.
  • Know how to treat blisters, heat exhaustion, and sprains, strains and fractures.
  • Mobile phones are unreliable on the islands.
  • Satellite phones are best and a marine VHF radio is very useful.
  • Personal emergency beacons (PLBs) are highly recommended.
  • In emergencies you can contact other vessels in the vicinity on:
    • VHF marine channel 16 (emergency channel)
    • or VHF channel 81.
  • The Whitsundays receive good broadcast, radio reception and weather forecasts are available on most channels hourly.
  • Weather forecasts are also available from the Bureau of Meteorology or by calling 1300 360 426.

Evacuation procedures

The Whitsundays lie in the Queensland tropical storm or 'cyclone zone'. In the event of a cyclone or tsunami, the department has developed a contingency plan and will work with camper transfer companies and local authorities to try to inform campers of impending cyclones, tsunami and possible evacuation.


Marine stingers

Stingers, also known as irukandji, or stinging jellyfish, can cause extremely painful, burn-like, stinging welts, which need urgent medical attention.

  • Children may be particularly affected due to their size.
  • Wear 'stinger suits'—full-body, Lycra suits—or protective clothing when snorkelling or entering the water.
  • Always supervise children near water.

If stung:

  • Leave the water immediately move into shade.
  • Douse the affected area with vinegar.
  • Continue to dribble vinegar over the area for several minutes, or until the pain eases.
  • If you run out of vinegar, use sea water not fresh water.
  • Do not rub sand into the welts.
  • Arrange urgent medical help and monitor the patient constantly.
  • Also read Marine Stingers for the latest safety advice.

Many species of sharks live in the Great Barrier Reef and all along the Queensland coast. Cid harbour on the western side of Whitsunday Island, is a known site for shark attacks. But sharks are present at all times of the year in the open ocean, estuaries, freshwater canals and streams.

For more information:

Keep the waters clean.

  • Never clean fish or throw food scraps over the side of your boat while at anchorages.
  • Even black waste (sullage) attracts fish, which attract predators.

Large, salt-water (estuarine) crocodiles live in the waters around the Whitsundays and can attack without warning. Old adults can be nearly 4m in length. These predators are present and hunting at most times of the year, but particularly around summer wet seasons, and are difficult to see in the water. They lie still under water for hours, watching, and can attack from the shallows.

Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Never enter the water at dawn, dusk or night.
  • Never enter the water when drunk or affected by drugs.
  • Stand at least 2m from the water's edge and do not stand or sit in one place for too long.
  • Move away quickly if you see a crocodile; you are vulnerable even in small boats, jet skis, kayaks, canoes or on surf or paddle boards.
  • Camp at least 50m from the water's edge.
  • Never leave rubbish or fish cleaning remains around your camp or picnic spot.

Also see: Be croc-wise information.

Look but do NOT touch

Some marine creatures are deadly. Cone shells, blue-ringed octopus, and stonefish will sting. It's painful and can be fatal.

  • Never touch, take or tamper with any marine animals or plants.
  • Everything is protected by law. Penalties apply.

Never dive or snorkel alone

  • Stay in a group when snorkelling or diving, so someone knows where you are and when you are expected back.
  • Check local conditions—tides, local currents, swells, current weather.
  • Do not get caught out by tides or strong currents.

Bring plenty of water

There is no fresh water on any of the uninhabited islands.

  • Bring plenty of your own drinking water; at least 2 litres per person, per day.
  • Campers must bring extra water for washing, bathing and cooking.

Avoid heat exhaustion and sunburn

  • Drink plenty of water—at least 1-2 litres per day is recommended.
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible.

Wear suitable footwear

Medical help is hours away.

  • Wear dive shoes to protect your feet from sharp shells, broken coral and beach rock.
  • Wear sturdy shoes for walking—a bone fracture can mean the end of your holiday.

Treat coral cuts with disinfectant

Don't delay treating coral cuts, as the even the smallest scratch can quickly become infected.

Read more: Staying safe in national parks of the Whitsundays.

Looking after the park

Go slow for those below—turtles are a common site around the Whitsundays. Photo: J Heitman.

Go slow for those below—turtles are a common site around the Whitsundays. Photo: J Heitman.

Leave no trace

Please appreciate, respect and help care for the outstanding natural and cultural values of these parks. National parks, including heritage sites and artefacts, are protected areas under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. Penalties apply for offences under the Act.

No open fires and ash-producing stoves

  • Open fires and ash-produced stoves are not permitted on national park islands or intertidal lands adjacent to national park islands.
  • Use gas or fuel stoves for cooking.

No domestic animals

Domestic animals are not permitted on:

  • national park islands
  • intertidal lands adjacent to national park islands.

Take rubbish back to the mainland

Bins are not provided to reduce scavenging by wildlife.

  • Take all rubbish, including food scraps and fishing tackle, back to the mainland.
  • Even small fragments of fishing line, wire or string can become entangled around birds’ legs with agonising and fatal results.
  • Do not bury or burn anything.

Dump fish scraps at night

Food scraps and fish frames thrown from boats, or left lying on beaches and camping areas, can attract sharks, crocodiles, goannas and silver gulls.

  • Goannas and gulls thieve food from people and can get aggressive—keep food secure.
  • These become pests and the extra food helps to increase their populations
  • Unnaturally increasing the gull or goanna population means higher predation on seabird young.

Be pest-free!

Our precious Great Barrier Reef World Heritage islands are among the most pest-free islands in the world. They need your help to stay this way.

Before you visit, please check that your boat, clothing, footwear and gear are free of soil, seeds, parts of plants, eggs, ants and insects (and their eggs), spiders, lizards, toads, rats and mice.

Be sure to:

  • Unpack your camping gear and equipment and check it carefully as pests love to hide in stored camping gear.
  • Clean soil from footwear and gear as invisible killers such as viruses, bacteria and fungi are carried in soil.
  • Check for seeds in pockets, cuffs and hook and loop fastening strips, such as Velcro.

While you are on the islands, remove soil, weeds, seeds and pests from your boat, gear and clothes before moving to a new site. Wrap seeds and plant material, and place them in your rubbish bins.

Everyone in Queensland has a General Biosecurity Obligation to minimise the biosecurity risk posed by their activities. This includes the risk of introducing and spreading weeds and pests to island national parks.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more general information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Keep wildlife wild

All wildlife in national parks is protected and it is prohibited to feed or leave food available for wildlife. Penalties apply.

Allow native animals to find their own food

Natural food is better for their health and maintains a good balance in population.

  • Do not leave food or scraps around your picnic or camp site.
  • Keep your food and scraps safe from wildlife in strong containers and tie the lids down.
  • Pack food away immediately after eating.
  • Store tea towels and dish cloths in sealed containers as they also attact scavengers.
  • Scatter or bury used dish water away fram picnic or camp sites, but not into waterways or the sea.

Avoid disturbing turtles and nesting sea and shorebirds

  • Do not use strong lights, make loud noises or move suddenly.
  • Observe any closures and activity restrictions—they apply in certain areas to protect vulnerable wildlife.

Read more: Take care of nesting birds.

Minimise damage to corals and marine animals

  • Walk or stand in sand channels, not on corals.
  • Be careful with your fins—careless kicking can damage coral.
  • Never step on or stand on live corals—they are easily broken and you can be injured.
  • Try not to stir up sand and sediment—murky waters stress plants and animals.

Many animals and plants shelter on the undersides of boulders and bommies.

  • They will soon die if exposed.
  • If you turn over any reef material always return it to its original position.

Check restrictions on activities

Spearfishing, anchoring, fishing and collecting may be restriced activities.

Fines apply for offences.

Read more:

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park zoning map

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Park management

Each park in the Whitsundays has unique attributes and all are managed to conserve their natural condition and protect their cultural resources and values. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is responsible for the island national parks in the region, and jointly manages the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Tourism information links

Whitsunday Regional Information Centre

192 Bruce Highway, Proserpine Qld 4800
ph +61 7 4945 3967


Open Monday–Sunday 9am to 5pm
Closed Christmas Day

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

Contact us

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
 ph 1800 990 177

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol
Shingley Drive, Able Point Marina
Airlie Beach Qld 4802
ph (07) 4946 7003

Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday
PO Box 298 Cannonvale Qld 4802
ph (07) 4948 0994
fax (07) 4946 5200
Monitors marine VHF channels 16, 22, 81 and 82 and HF channel 2524.
In an emergency phone (07) 4946 7207.

Last updated
22 January 2020