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Whitsunday Islands Explorer

Airlie Beach & Whitsunday Islands

Secluded palm-fringed beaches, hidden waterfalls and crystal-clear waters. What more would you want for a holiday? The Whitsunday Islands are a dream holiday destination for lovers of the sun and sea.

This adventure will take you from the coastal town of Airlie Beach and out sailing the stunning Whitsundays for two nights.

Embrace time exploring a number of the stunning islands within the archipelago, swimming in the Coral Sea and appreciating the unique tropical nature, wildlife and culture in the area. But most of all, just relax and enjoy yourself, you’re in paradise, after all!

Inclusions

  • 3 Nights accommodation in a hostel standard
  • 2 Nights aboard a sailing boat
  • 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Activities involving land and water

Highlights

  • Ngaro First Nation Welcome to Country
  • Guided waterfall and eco tour
  • Whitehaven beach
  • Sailing and snorkelling
  • Hill Inlet Lookout hike
  • Langforf Reef snorkel & hike

Itinerary

Day 1 – Airlie Beach

Welcome to Airlie Beach, the stunning gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Take your time today making your way to check in to your accommodation, before meeting your local leader and group for a short welcome meeting at 4pm in the hotel foyer. From here, your leader will take you for a stroll along the coast adjacent to Airlie Beach, where you’ll be greeted by a local member of the First Nations Ngaro family. They will welcome you to country and provide you with an overview of the Indigenous culture and history of the magnificent Whitsundays that you’re about to explore. Then head on a short orientation walk of the town, before you have the evening to yourselves. Perhaps get to know your fellow travellers over dinner, then maybe head to one of Airlie Beach’s quirky bars to chat over a drink.

Day 2 – Paradise Cove

After breakfast, you’ll head out of town to explore the majestic Cedar Creek Falls, and its surrounding tropical flora and fauna. See white cedar trees, alexander palms, wild orchids, colourful butterflies and many species of birds. Your local guide will then take you on an eco-walk to the top of the falls where you can climb over the rocks and take a refreshing dip in the natural pools, a true highlight. All the while, Australia’s native wildlife will be your only companions as you soak up the stunning views. If you are lucky you’ll even spot some resident turtles. Later head back to the coast to a secluded, white sandy beach. Enjoy the ocean views and large refreshing swimming pool. Relax under the palms, take a dip in the pool and enjoy an included lunch. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy all that Airlie Beach has to offer. Perhaps head up to the Honeyeater Lookout for amazing views over Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Archipelago, or simply continue to relax by the beach at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

Day 3 – Whitsunday Islands

Today you’ll board a cruising yacht, which will be your home for the next two nights, and set sail into the tropical waters surrounding the Whitsundays. Your afternoon will be spent at sea, where you can enjoy your time on board unwinding with a good book or chatting with your travel buddies. We’ll plan our three days according to the weather and your group’s preference, with stops for snorkelling with all gear provided, and exploring the islands. Visit the stunning Whitehaven Beach, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. A short bushwalk inland will take you to the equally famous Hill Inlet Lookout for a gorgeous view of the beach below and the swirling sands of Hill Inlet. The swirling sands are created by the ever-changing tides, which leave behind a kaleidoscope of blue and white. Tonight, you’ll be treated to dinner on board as you get to know your fellow travellers. Then, perhaps retire to the deck and relax under the stars.

Day 4 – Whitsunday Islands

Today will be spent all at sea, exploring more of the area. Maybe do some more snorkelling and search out the marine mammals and tropical fish living amid the colourful coral. Perhaps try your hand at sailing, by helping the crew hoist the sails and steer the boat. On our small yacht, you’ll be able to steer into more remote locations and snorkel in spots that are far away from the crowds. All meals today will be provided on the boat, so you can just kick back and relax on the deck.

Day 5 – Airlie Beach

Get ready for an unforgettable morning! Hidden away from the crowds, head to a special snorkelling spot on the secluded Langford Reef. Hop off the boat at Langford Island and take a short walk to an inspiring lookout point, where you’ll also find an old boab tree. The views here are second to none – look out across the quiet bay, the nearby islands and your boat moored in the still waters, and if you’re really lucky, you may even spot some sea turtles. Then it’s time to continue back to Airlie Beach where you’ll disembark at the marina in the afternoon. Head to your accommodation to check in and then enjoy a free afternoon. Tonight is your last night so why not regroup and head out for one last dinner in town. Be sure to check with your leader if you’d like a recommendation of the best spots to try some local seafood and maybe even a few tropical cocktails!

Day 6 – Airlie Beach

Your tour ends after breakfast. You’re free to leave the hostel at your own leisure (please check the check-out times). If you have the time, feel free to stay longer and enjoy everything that this beautiful region has to offer – contact us to book post-trip accommodation.

Note

  • Please consider your swimming competency, as you do visit amazing beaches
  • Children aged eight years and above maybe on the journey
  • You need to be able to feel comfortable moving about a vessel and using stairs
BOOKING ENQUIRY
  • 5 Nights / 6 Days
  • From $2,079 Per Person twin share
  • Group departure: Min 4 & Max 16 guests
  • Departs & Concludes: Airlie Beach, QLD

Booking Enquiry

Cost is based on twin share.  Single supplement/own room is a cost of $400.  Prices correct at time of print but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Other departure dates available during 2022. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Booking form and payments are required by Travel With A Difference. Deposit and final payments are terms and conditions stipulated by Intrepid.  Travel With A Difference booking and conditions apply. Travel insurance is highly recommended.