Getting here is a joy as you cruise the open road. On one side there is a serene lake, with towering green cliffs on the other as the road snakes between them.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS FOR YOUR WHITSUNDAYS TRIP
These are all the amazing places we visited and would recommend. Spending a week seeing all these fantastic places along Australia's East Coast is the best experience. There are 74 islands that make up this blissful part of The Great Barrier Reef. There must be some lesser-known places that you can visit, right? Some tours and activities that take you off the beaten path? Whitsunday Island is by far the most popular, but if you're looking for a hidden gem then check these out.
Daydream Island - A beautiful island. It's also the closest island to Airlie Beach and it has some amazing places to stay. The Daydream Island Resort is the best option, and they have a living reef! It's a 200-meter-long coral lagoon wrapped around the main building on the centre of the island.
Hook Island - The perfect place to be at one with nature, and experience the immense beauty this island has. There are no accommodations on the island. It's best to stay at the neighbouring Hayman Island instead.
Hayman Island - If you want to live it up then we would suggest staying at the Intercontinental Hotel on the island. That is living!
Fraser Island - Although not in the Whitsundays, it is part of the Great Barrier Reef. If you loved your time in The Whitsundays then check out all the things you cannot miss on Fraser Island right here.
THE BEST WAY TO GET TO THE WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS
If you're an expat living in Australia, on a working holiday visa or an Aussie national there are many ways you can visit the Whitsundays islands. Anyone on a classic road trip exploring the east coast of Australia, or those looking to live the island life, can get there with ease. Here are the best ways to experience everything the Whitsundays offer.
Camper van - Our favourite method of travelling mainland Australia. You can drive to Airlie Beach in Queensland and from there you can do it all. Visit Hamilton Island, Whitehaven Beach, and sail around The Great Barrier Reef. There are a tonne of accommodation options if you want to do longer trips to the islands. If you still want to sleep in the comfort of your own camper then there are plenty of day trips to choose from too. Shute Harbour is another port where excursions leave from if you're staying outside of Airlie.
- Fly - It's not the cheapest way. It's still a good option if you're in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane or Melbourne and looking for a getaway. Although it seems close, Brisbane is still a 13hr drive to Airlie Beach so a 1hr direct flight is a much better option if you're on a deadline. There are even a couple of airports to choose from if you want to fly. There's Hamilton Airport on Hamilton Island and Whitsunday Coast Airport is 30 minutes outside of Airlie. Prices will vary depending on where you're coming from but flights from Sydney are around $300 AUD return (£150).
- Greyhound Whimmit Pass - The Greyhound bus is a popular option for backpackers and one of the cheapest ways to travel Australia. It's a hop-on hop-off bus service that runs between Melbourne and Cairns. It has regular stops at all the main tourist attractions along the east coast.
BEST TIME TO VISIT THE WHITSUNDAYS
Avoiding the Winter months will give you the best chance of guaranteeing the perfect getaway. Summer here is from December to March, but, the sunniest month is typically October. This is also stinger season so be careful and wear stinger suits if you want to get in the water. The good news is that even in the winter the Whitsundays aren't exactly cold and wet. Between June to August, you can expect average temperatures of around 24°C, and the water is still warm too. It is still classed as the Rainy Season. You can't guarantee perfect weather, but rainfall in this part of Australia is low in comparison to other parts of the country.
There are so many fantastic things to love about this incredible part of Australia. We hope that this Whitsundays travel guide helps you when planning the perfect trip to this stunning part of Australia's East Coast. Island hopping around the Whitsundays is a dream come true...so soak it all in! These memories will stay with you for a lifetime.