Tick off two 'Must Do's' in Australia and visit two of Australia's icons, the Great Barrier Reef and sail to Whitehaven Beach!
We've included Great Barrier Reef Adventures, Camira Sailing Adventure to Whitehaven Beach and time to chill in Airlie Beach in this package.
The Whitsundays are made up of 74 tropical islands rising from warm turquoise waters, an abundance of incredible marine and wildlife and a vibrant coastline full of excitement. The stunning Whitsunday Islands, most of them in pristine National Parks, offer white-sand beaches, stunning views and sheltered tropical rich blue waters. The islands are bordered by the majestic mountains of the Conway National Park on one side, the famous Great Barrier Reef on the other and surrounded by the calm waters of the Coral Sea. With beautiful turquoise waters, sheltered bays, sandy beaches, coral reefs, beautiful year-round tropical weather and spectacular scenery, the Whitsundays ensures an incredible holiday experience.
Stretching over nine kilometres this pristine expanse of pure white silica sand, fringed by brilliant blue water and lush tropical island is one of the jewels of the Whitsundays. Recognised as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, no visit to the Whitsundays is complete without a trip to Whitehaven Beach. A 'Camira Sailing Adventure' ensures an unforgettable visit to this spectacular and famous location while experiencing high-speed sailing through the spectacular islands.
Great Barrier Reef:
The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage site and is the largest reef in the world, stretching some 2,300kms along the coast of Queensland. It is truly one of the great wonders of the natural world and a 'must-see' for anyone visiting the region. The outer Great Barrier Reef where our pontoon is situated is acclaimed as one of the most pristine sites with an abundance of coral and fish life. You can explore this spectacular spot with our Great Barrier Reef Adventures.
Lying at the heart of the Whitsundays, vibrant Airlie Beach is a backpacking mecca, party town and the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Airlie Beach is located about 1,100 km north of Brisbane and about 700 km south of Cairns and is the major accommodation and eating destination for travellers planning to take trips out to the stunning Islands. A colourful and inviting resort town lying on the shores of a palm fringed beach and overlooking the calm waters of Pioneer Bay, Airlie beach provides many of the essential services for travellers to the area. The centre of the Airlie Beach township is a myriad of shops, eating places ranging from fast foods to quality restaurants, accommodation options, pubs and bars and cosmopolitan nightlife with many clubs providing entertainment well in to the small hours. Airlie Beach provides an always lively scene with all the other international travellers in town.
By day there are lots of shops and boutiques for some retail therapy, open seven days a week. And every Saturday the foreshore parkland hosts a market with stalls selling fresh fruit and veggies, local arts and crafts and more. Located only a few metres from the beach the shopping centre has a holiday feel and the whole township, a distinctly tropical flavour.
Airlie Beach Lagoon in the centre of town is a welcome oasis. An amazing foreshore parkland surrounding a series of inter-linked lagoon pools, it is the perfect place to chill, cool off and relax with a swim.
*Please note, these packages are not organised group travel: we do not take you on a 'tour'. Booking a package simply means that you can book your accommodation, transfers and activities in one easy itinerary - and don’t forget we have created these packages with what we consider to be the 'Whitsunday must-dos', meaning you will see the best of the Whitsunday Islands!
Your arrival day and a day at leisure to explore Airlie Beach. Top up your tan by the pool, at the Lagoon or on the beach.
STAY: Airlie Beach property of choice
DAY 2: Great Barrier Reef Adventures
The Whitsundays is literally in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Board one of our fast cruising vessels and journey through the Whitsunday Islands to our pontoons at the stunning outer Great Barrier Reef. Go diving, snorkelling, swimming with thousands of fish, just watch it all happen around you while you sunbathe on the sundeck, or take an optional scenic flight to famous Heart Reef. Curb your hunger with morning and afternoon tea and a sumptuous buffet lunch prepared by our onboard chef.
STAY: Airlie Beach property of choice
DAY 3: Camira Day Sailing Adventure
The Whitsundays is world renowned as a sailors’ paradise, and there’s no better way to find out why than onboard ‘Camira’. This bright purple catamaran is the most prestigious and fastest day sailing vessel in the Whitsundays, with a futuristic design providing, space, comfort and speed. Spend the day swimming, snorkelling, lazing on spectacular, world famous Whitehaven Beach and lapping up the thrill of sailing as Camira makes her way through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. A fully inclusive day cruise, all activities, morning and afternoon tea, a delicious barbecue lunch and all refreshments and are included whilst on board.
STAY: Airlie Beach property of choice
Snorkelling, swimming, sunbathing, semi-submersible rides, diving (extra cost) at the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkelling, sailing and sunbathing at Whitehaven Beach.
- Add some of these amazing experiences to your Great Barrier Reef Adventure. Choose from our awesome line up of optional activities to enhance your experience while at
Reefworld. Your hardest choice will be deciding what to do!
For a deeper understanding of life under the sea, take our guided and informative snorkelling 'Reef Safari' with one of our Reef Experts.
For an unforgettable sightseeing experience at the Great Barrier Reef, take the ride of your life in a helicopter. Enjoy the maze of coral reef below you as you fly above the magnificent Great Barrier Reef and out over the iconic ‘Heart Reef’.
Discover Scuba - Introductory Dive:
Reefworld is the perfect place to experience the magic of your first ever scuba dive. Our fully certified PADI/SSI instructors will step you through the training, then escort you on your first ever underwater experience. All equipment is provided.
If you’re already an experienced diver, you can enjoy incredible dives at specially selected sites. These sites offer the very best of the region with many varied features that are teeming with marine life. All dives are escorted by our highly experienced crew.
Our packages suit any budget as each package is available in backpacker or deluxe accommodation - the choice is yours! All accommodation choices are self-catering with kitchen facilities. Here's a run-down of the places you can choose from:
Airlie Beach Backpacker Resorts:
- Nomads Backpacker Resort:
A fun, buzzy place in the heart of Airlie Beach. No more than 50 metres away from all the facilities, shops, restaurants and bars of the Main Street. Nomads is set in seven acres of tropical gardens with native flora and fauna with a pool, bar and outdoor space to relax. Dorms and rooms are available - all have ensuite bathrooms with air conditioning.
- Base Backpacker Resort:
Offers the luxuries of a resort at backpacker prices! Stylish rooms, friendly crew and a fun social atmosphere - central to Airlie Beach just 50 metres from the Main Street. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning. Off street car parking, fully equipped communal kitchen, internet lounge with wireless in every room, a pool, an air conditioned cinema lounge, BBQ facilities and more.
Airlie Beach Apartment Resorts (Hotels:)
- Whitsunday Vista Resort - deluxe accommodation:
Enjoy views out over Port of Airlie and the Coral Sea. The Marina complex and Airlie's shops, cafes, restaurants and bars are just a short walk away. There is an on-site restaurant and bar, relax at the pleasant shaded pool area for days when you just want to relax. Whitsunday Vista Resort is a quiet and friendly resort that appreciates your need for comfort and relaxation at affordable prices.
- Blue Horizon Resort - deluxe accommodation:
Modern, Balinese inspired apartments all with spacious balconies and views over the Coral Sea. With an emphasis on comfort and warm friendly service these apartments are your home away from home. Relax in the heated spa, take a dip in the pool or hit the fully equipped gymnasium. Outdoor dining area with BBQ's, sun deck, and secure undercover parking. Your apartment looks over the Port of Airlie Marina complex and is close to Airlie Beach Main St with its many shops, trendy bars restaurants and cafes
*Please note, it is possible for guests travelling alone to book a double room on all our accomodation types, however a single supplement will apply.
Return vessel transfers from Airlie Beach
BBQ lunch, morning & afternoon tea on Great Barrier Reef and Camira day cruises