This is Part 1 of our new installment of super trips to take in Brisbane no we’re all in lockdown.
Destination #1 is the lovely….
The Whitsundays is a highly desirable, premium, tourism destination with excellent typography, climate, special scenic attractions, family friendly locations, diverse accommodation, infrastructure and services.
Brisbane to Whitsunday Islands
Airlie Beach is the mainland township on the coast and is considered the Gateway to the 74 Whitsunday Islands. It is a two-hour flight from Brisbane and serviced by two modern airports including Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast, PPP) and Hamilton Island (HTI) that facilitate direct flights from all major centres around Australia, helicopters and private charters.
If you choose to drive, prepare for a big adventure. It’s a solid 13 hours from Brisbane or Cairns (whichever way you’re coming from), but the rewards are well worth it! There are plenty of interesting places to stop along the entire North Queensland coast and you’re guaranteed to enjoy the ride!
When to Visit
Peak tourist season in Airlie Beach is between April and October, being in the tropics means Airlie Beach only has two seasons; wet and dry. It is important to take this into consideration when planning a trip with better temperatures for visiting falling between April and October, however you can expect to enjoy super weather year round.
How to Visit & Tips
It’s undeniable the very best way to visit the Whitsunday Islands is a sailing adventure. There are no shortage of available options, whether it be a relaxing or adrenaline filled holiday.
So without further ado here’s a super checklist to help you pick the right Whitsunday getaway for you:
Step 1 – Budget Tips
- Pick a budget.
- Make sure that you always try to book online as far away from departure date as possible. That is due to the fact that you gain access to lower prices.
Step 2 – Compare Packages
There’s a huge variety of options and packages out there, with varying degrees of awesomeness in terms of what you get to see and do. For example, if you want to sail the Whitsundays in order to dive in various different sites around the islands, you should be mindful that no all tours permit scuba diving.
You should also check whether those costs are included, or an optional (and potentially expensive) add on.
Step 3 – Reading Reviews
One of the best ways in which you can compare sailing adventure opportunities is to read reviews that are written by people that went on the trips. You can easily learn anything you want about sailing the Whitsundays through basically every single agency that currently services the 74 islands. Obviously the biggest is Trip Advisor. However, many others exist. What you need to do is read all that you can about the travel agency, the destinations that you will go and the packages that you consider.
Keep in mind not all reviews are 100% genuine 100% of the time. Use your gut.
More to come in our guide to exploring our own Qld backyard …