What to do in The Whitsundays

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Whether you are a backpacker, a couple or a family young or old, The Whitsundays is the place to go in Queensland.
It’s the home of Heart Reef, gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands; all 74 of them and to top it off its where you will find Whitehaven Beach, located on Whitsunday Island (the largest of all 74 islands) Whitehaven beach is one of the top beaches in the world that boasts 7km of white, silica sand and turquoise waters.
Fly into Proserpine airport and grab a shuttle bus into the heart of Airlie beach or fly into Hamilton Island and hop on a ferry.

My top Things to do in Airlie Beach

Whatever time frame you are on, Airlie Beach offers tours to accommodate all your needs and budgets.

Redcat Adventures
This one day trip has it all. Suitable for all travellers aged 4yrs-60yrs. Courtesy pick up from your accommodation, all meals and snorkel equipment included, as well as an amazing day on the water at some breathtaking spots. What I loved about our time on Thundercat was the friendly and knowledgeable crew, the delicious food (seriously delicious) and the snorkelling spots where we swam with George/Elvis the giant Maori Wrasse and saw huge parrot fish. We even found Nemo!
The short walk up to the world famous Hill Inlet to see the swirling sands below and take pictures was also a massive highlight. You can also BYO (no glass or red wine) so after a day of swimming, and exploring, wind down with an ice cold beverage on the journey home. There are soft drinks and chocolate bars available to purchase on board. As Whitsunday Island is a National park, the motto is: ‘Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.’

Reef and Island Scenic flight –GSL Aviation

GSL aviation offers different options to suit your budget and needs. When my family came to visit we went out on the 60 minute Reef and Island scenic flight. Courtesy pick up/drop off to and from your accommodation. Once we were given our safety speech, we clambered on and grabbed a seat (with GSL you are guaranteed an window seat) we prepared for take-off and what followed was 60 minutes of flying over The Whitsunday Islands and out to the Great Barrier Reef where we saw the famous Heart Reef and Hardy reef. Seeing the reef from above after snorkelling it was a truly amazing a sight and something I will not forget in a hurry

Panorama Tour- Air Whitsunday
If you are looking for a luxurious experience, than look no further. This 4.5 hour tour (1.5 hours of flying time) tour is top notch. Included in this tour is a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach and Whitsunday Islands. On this tour you land on the water at Whitehaven Beach, enjoy some sparkling wine, juice or water and some snacks. Experience a water take off from Whitehaven beach before flying out over Heart Reef and onto Air Whitsundays private glass bottom boat where if you are not a keen snorkeler but still want to see life under water, you can without having to get wet. Snorkelling in this area is amazing as it is a private sheltered lagoon. Luckily for me I have gotten to experience this trip twice. The first time I went solo and a couple got engaged whilst snorkelling out on the reef!

To Eat

Sidewalk Café- Esplanade

Breakfast is the most important meal especially if you will be out exploring Airlie Beach and the Islands. My favourite breakfast place was Sidewalk café on The Esplanade. Whilst eating my BLAT and having a cheeky mimosa, I love looking out at the view of the water and Airlie beach foreshore.

Little Vegas burger
I always work up a healthy appetite after a day on the water so I love going for a feed in Little Vegas. My favourite is the LV house burger and the Chili fries….I always roll out of there full as an egg but wanting more! They change their menu lots so it never gets old! When Russel Crowe ate here he tweeted about it and even flew one of the staff to serve at a private party he held!

Anchor Bar
I love anchor bar because it has a pool and hot tub, superb views of the ocean (worth the walk up a steep hill) great cocktails and delicious food. Anchor bar also serves as in house bar for The Terraces short term and long term accomodation.

There is so much to see and do in Airlie, markets, reef festivals, race week, twilight sailing, to name a few more, I couldn’t possibly list them all. whether it’s wet season or winter the sun is always out and there’s always something to do.

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