North & South Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet Tour

Tour Code: 763

Departing: Airlie Beach

Pickup: Airlie Beach

North & South Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet
  • Our Whitehaven Beach barbeques are famous as we serve nothing but the best steaks, fish and veggie burgers.
  • More time allowed for exploration at Hill Inlet than most other tours so you can truly see and enjoy it all without the crowds. Take a walk to see beautiful Betty's beach. 
  • Explore both North & South Whitehaven Beach. 3 hours at Whitehaven Beach and 2 hours at Hill Inlet and beach

Included In Price

  • Whitehaven Beach - 2.5 to 3 hours
  • Hill Inlet Lookout & Beach - 2 hours
  • BBQ on Whitehaven Beach
  • Visit the most photographed spots in the Whitsundays
  • Guided lookout walks
  • Courtesy Pick Ups & Drop Offs from Airlie Beach
  • Small group tour capped at 37 guests

Visit North and South Whitehaven Beach on one of the most fun and best value Airlie Beach tours that includes Hill Inlet for 2 hours and South Whitehaven Beach for 3 hours. Our Whitsundays tour includes an amazing beach barbeque that our guests simply love.

What to Expect

On this full-day Whitsundays Great Barrier Reef tour from Airlie Beach, you’ll explore the stunning Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, two of the most iconic destinations in the Whitsundays. Enjoy more time at these pristine locations than most other tours, with a focus on providing an unforgettable experience. This tour includes an amazing Aussie Beach BBQ lunch, which is a highlight for many guests.

Features and Highlights

Whitehaven Beach

  • Explore Both Ends: Visit both North and South Whitehaven Beach for a comprehensive experience. Read our blog on what is the difference of North and South Whitehaven Beach.
  • Aussie Beach BBQ Lunch: Enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch on the beach, featuring Aussie Rump Steaks, Sausages, Chilli Burgers, and more.
  • Guided Bush Walk: Take a guided walk to the South Whitehaven Beach Lookout for spectacular views over the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef.
  • Relaxation Time: Spend three hours at Whitehaven Beach to swim, sunbathe, or explore.

Hill Inlet Lookout

  • Extended Time: Enjoy more time at Hill Inlet than most other Whitsundays tours, with two hours to explore.
  • Lookout and Beach: Take in the stunning views from Hill Inlet Lookout and explore the swirling sands and sand dunes over North Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsunday Islands.
  • Marine Life: Swim with stingrays and discover the unique marine life in the area.

Tour Itinerary

  • 8:00 AM - Free Bus Pickups: Courtesy shuttles will pick you up from Airlie Beach accommodations and caravan parks. Alternatively, you can meet at Coral Sea Marina Resort.
  • 8:30 AM - Check-In: Arrive at Coral Sea Marina Resort for check-in and ticket collection. Complete necessary information on a tablet before boarding the fast Whitehaven Beach tour boat.
  • 9:00 AM - Departure: Depart Coral Sea Marina, receiving a safety briefing and tour explanation. Cruise at a speed of 20 knots to your first destination.
  • 9:45 AM - Tea & Coffee: Enjoy tea, coffee, and biscuits on board. The licensed bar opens, offering a variety of beverages.
  • 11:00 AM - Cruise to Whitehaven Beach: Enjoy the scenic ride to Whitehaven Beach.
  • 11:30 AM - Arrive at Whitehaven Beach for BBQ Lunch: Spend two hours on the beach, enjoying a BBQ lunch and exploring.
  • 1:45 PM - Depart Whitehaven Beach: Prepare to leave for Hill Inlet.
  • 2:00 PM - Arrive at Hill Inlet Lookout: Travel lightly for the hike up to the lookout for stunning views and photo opportunities over the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands.
  • 3:30 PM - Depart Hill Inlet Lookout: Begin the return journey to Airlie Beach.
  • 3:45 PM - Cheese Platter Served: Enjoy a cheese platter as you relax on the way back.
  • 4:30 PM - Arrive at Coral Sea Marina: Disembark and say farewell after a memorable day.

Whitehaven Beach BBQ

  • Iconic BBQ: Experience an iconic Aussie BBQ lunch on Whitehaven Beach.
  • Fresh and Local Produce: Enjoy fresh salads, steaks cooked to order, and local produce.
  • Dietary Requirements: Special dietary needs can be catered for with prior notice.
  • Family-Run: The BBQ is cooked by family members, ensuring a personal touch and high-quality food.

Additional Information

  • More Time at Key Locations: Enjoy extended time at Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach compared to other Airlie Beach tours.
  • Family-Friendly: Suitable for all ages, including families with kids and infants.
  • Comfortable Vessel: The boat offers indoor, outdoor, and upstairs seating options, with space to walk around.

Book Your Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Tour

Experience the best of the Whitsundays with this comprehensive tour, offering more time at key locations, an iconic Aussie BBQ, and a range of activities to suit everyone. Perfect for families, couples, backpackers, and groups, this tour promises a memorable day exploring the natural beauty of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet.

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Learn why Whitehaven Beach is so special.

Read our blogs, what is the difference between Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach, is Hill Inlet worth visiting, things to do on Whitehaven Beach, is it worthwhile going to Whitehaven Beach, what is so special about Whitehaven Beach, the best ways to see Whitehaven Beach.

Whitehaven Beach Tour - Sample Itinerary

8.00am | Free Bus Pick Ups

Our Airlie Beach courtesy shuttles driven by our friendly drivers will start picking up you up from Airlie Beach accommodations and Caravan Parks. We can even recommend a safe place to park up your van and we can pick you up from there!

You can of course make your own way and park at Coral Sea Marina Resort (Formerly Abbott Point Marina) but please do allow enough time to make your way to our Meeting Place before 8.30am.

8.30am | Check-In

Once dropped off by your driver at Coral Sea Marina Resort (Formerly Abell Point Marina), our Captain & Crew will take it from there.

A quick check in and collection of tickets.

Lastly a completion of some necessary information on a tablet and we are then on our way to the fast Whitehaven boat for boarding.

9.00am | Departure

We depart the Coral Sea Marina slowly whilst giving a safety briefing and explanation of the Whitehaven Beach tour.

Once the information is given and everyone is relaxed and settled in we throttle up to cruising speed of 20 knots on route to our first Great Barrier Reef tour location.

We may go from Airlie Beach to Whitehaven Beach directly which is approx 80 minutes travel or maybe snorkelling first which could be less than 60 minutes travel, or possibly Hill Inlet Lookout first, 80 minutes travel time

Our Airlie Beach itinerary is based primarily on the tides and secondly on the weather as seeing the swirling sands of Hill Inlet at a very low tide is not ideal

9.15am | Cruise across the Whitsunday Passage.

Cruising between the Whitsunday Islands on our boat is a comfortable experience.

We offer indoor, outdoor, upstairs seating options for all guests. You can even walk around whilst the boat is moving which is a big difference to the open speed boats.

9.45am | Tea & Coffee

Tea & Coffee is served along with some biscuits to nibble on. (GF catered for).

The Licensed Bar is opened. Beers, Ciders, White Wine, Rum of course, Soft drinks and bottled water all available.

Please note guests are not permitted to consume alcohol if you intend on swimming.

11.00am | Cruise to Whitehaven Beach

Take a seat upstairs with the Captain or downstairs in the shade and enjoy the scenery

11.30pm | Arrive at Whitehaven Beach for BBQ lunch

Two hours scheduled to Chill, Dine, Play.

Take all your beach gear to the beach.

Towels, swimmers, sun glasses.

Famous BBQ served beside an esky full of ice cold beverages for your enjoyment.

The Menu consists of Aussie Rump Steaks, Sausages, Chilli Burgers, Saute’ Onions, Aussie Chefs Salad, Rice Salad and a Tropical Fruit Platter – and always enough for seconds!

Locally sauced melons and pineapples, tomatoes and fish for fish eaters!

Homemade Vegie Burgers or locally line caught fish can be ordered prior to the tour. You can bet one of the Captains caught the fish with Spanish Mackeral a favourite.

1.45pm | Depart Whitehaven Beach

The time has come to leave Whitehaven Beach.

2.00pm | Arrive Hill Inlet Lookout

Travel lightly to the lookout.

Thongs are ideal footwear.

Don’t forget your camera.

The highlight of the tour for many!

3.30pm | Depart Hill Inlet Lookout

Again take a comfortable seat and relax.

The last route back to Abell Point Marina is sometimes known as the booze cruise!

Try to stay awake and enjoy the scenery as we pass the Whitsunday islands for the last time today.

3.45pm | Cheese Platter served

What a lovely way to finish off the day with cheese and crackers……Wine please!

4.30pm | Arrive Abell Point Marina

Please note times and itinerary are a guide only and can change.

After your great value day trip around the  Whitsundays Islands and Whitehaven Beach, it’s time to collect all your possessions and say our farewells.

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Whitehaven Beach

  • Explore North AND South Whitehaven Beach
  • Aussie Beach BBQ Lunch
  • Whitehaven Beach Lookout

The addition of extra Whitehaven Beach time for the walk or for chilling in the crystal clear waters has proven a winner.

We have 30 years of experience, and have ever since cooked a BBQ lunch on Whitehaven Beach.

In short, we are the only day tour to offer both beaches Whitehaven Beach AND Hill Inlet Beach as well as both lookouts Whitehaven & Hill Inlet.

Therefore this Whitehaven Beach Tour now offers 2 destinations with some amazing experiences, all in 1 day. It is also likely that Capt. Dan or Capt. Shane will try and catch a fish for the BBQ if the conditions are suitable.

The captains fly-bridge or helm make for perfect wildlife spotting too.

This Whitehaven Beach Tour caters to all ages better than anyone else! From Grey Nomads, Seniors, Students, Families & infants (0-2) to a bunch of friends, small groups, and even private charters.

Our family business has been providing comfort and making great memories for over 30 years now. We ensure all ages have a great and memorable day.

Hill Inlet

  • More time at Hill Inlet than most other tours
  • Hill Inlet lookout
  • Swim with the stingrays & explore the sand dunes

Hill Inlet is just stunning! The swirling white silica sands, a product of the tides and the natural island formation need to be seen to be believed.

On our day tour we have scheduled more time for you at this glorious location than most other tours, providing more time for relaxing and exploring this natural paradise.

Airlie Beach Tours to Hill Inlet is what we do the best ! We offer you more time at Hill Inlet than any other day tour operator!

You will not feel rushed along at the lookout, with two hours to take in the view from the lookout and explore the beauty at beach level.

Hill Inlet Lookout is the second most photographed location in Australia. One of the key reasons we choose to extend your time at this iconic destination!

Located along the sheltered SE edge of Whitsunday Island, both the lookout and beach are accessed by a short bush walk from Tongue Bay.

Whitehaven Beach Barbeque

Experience an iconic Aussie Beach BBQ for lunch, served under the shade of the Whitsunday Island National Park with Whitehaven Beach as your view!

Special dietary requirements, such as vegetarian or pescatarian diets, can be catered for with prior notice.

  • Enjoy an iconic Aussie BBQ on the beach
  • Fresh salads & steaks cooked to order
  • Dietary requirements catered for
  • Cooked and Served right on Whitehaven Beach
  • Fresh and local produce
  • Steaks Cooked to your liking
  • The Captain becomes Captain Cook
  • No extra charges for lunch!
  • Enjoy a cold beer with lunch

The famous Whitehaven Beach BBQ is an Aussie BBQ lunch served right on Whitehaven Beach.

Like all restaurants in the Whitsundays, our business takes great pride in making the most of the fresh and local produce.

We are proud of the food we offer throughout the day trip, especially the BBQ lunch!

We are a family business, therefore our meat selection and the overall food experience we provide is very important to us. In other words, you can be assured that we are personally taking care of what we provide you for lunch.

Perhaps more so because one of our family members will be cooking the Aussie BBQ for your enjoyment.

That said, our catering is all done by one of our crew in our own kitchen facilities the morning of the cruise.

The Captain then becomes Captain Cook and puts his heart and soul into cooking the Whitehaven Beach BBQ.

The Menu consists of prime Australian rumps, Sausages, Chilli Burgers, Sauteed Onions, Aussie Chefs Salad, Rice Salad and a Tropical Fruit Platter – and always enough for seconds! Locally grown rockmelon, watermelons, pineapples and tomatoes and Capt Dan catches the fish for any fish eaters!

Homemade Vege Burgers or locally line caught fish can be ordered prior to the day of the tour.

You can bet Captain Dan or Captain Shane caught the fish and had it on ice straight away, with Spanish Mackerel a target species.

Cooked to Order and served under the shade of the trees using the Whitsunday Island National Park facilities since 1989.

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Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Airlie Beach

Departure Time
  • 8am-8.30am Courtesy bus pick ups
  • 8.45am Departs from Coral Sea Marina
  • 9am-4.30pm Cruise Whitsunday Islands
  • 4.45-5.30pm Returns (approx)
  • 5-5.30pm Courtesy bus drop offs
Departure Instructions

Coral Sea Marina is Meeting Point B

Pickup Locations

Airlie Beach

  • Hill Inlet
  • Whitehaven Beach
  • Hill Inlet
  • North and South Whitehaven Beach
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Closed 24-25-26 December
Closed New Year Day


Approx 9.00am to 5.00pm

Fitness Level Required

Medium, Active

  • Camera, beach towel, sunscreen, swim suit, het, refillable drink bottle, sunglasses and a light jacket for cooler months
  • Cash: we sell alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages
  • Your sense of advature
  • Snorkel gear if you wish to explore the sealife at Whitehaven Beach

Child rate applies to children age 2 to 14

All cancellations must be in writing.

Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee.

Please see our terms and conditions  for details prior to booking.

Operator's Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations are accepted up until 24 hours prior to the tour. The FARE is non-refundable for cancellations made within 24 hours of the date of travel.
Changes to the date of travel can be made more than 24 hours prior to the date of travel, subject to availability.
Whitehaven Xpress reserves the right to change or alter the tour as described on our website, without notice. Sites are weather permitting.
The tour may be cancelled by the operator, in the event that:
• Minimum numbers are not achieved.
• Strong Wind warnings or extreme rain conditions prevail.
• Equipment failure is experienced.
• Factors beyond the control of Whitehaven Xpress that prevent the normal operation of the tour.
In any such events, the tour operator’s liability will be limited to a full refund of any fare pre-paid.

North & South Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet Tour

Tour Code: 763

Departing: Airlie Beach

Pickup: Airlie Beach

North & South Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$145.00
Family: au$645.00

Tour Code: 763



15 yrs & over

2 - 14 yrs

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+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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