How Long Do You Need In The Whitsundays?

At least three days!

To immerse yourself in the tropical bliss and luxury found in the Whitsunday region, our team of local experts recommend at least a three day and three night's stay.

However, if you have the time for a longer getaway, you can easily fill a week with island wonder and sun-soaked relaxation. Whether you’re here for a long weekend or an extended holiday, our travel agents have devised a bucket list of must-see destinations during your time in the Whitsundays!

Sailing into the sunset, Whitsunday Islands


Three days in the Whitsundays

Day 1 

Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef

The Whitsundays is a lush archipelago of 74 tropical islands surrounded by Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and is best explored in a boat of course! Book one of our wonderful overnight sailing experiences to get a true taste of paradise, with an abundance of options ranging from luxury catamarans to social group sailing, to romantic getaways, to scuba diving tours! Group sailing or private charter is available. Dive in for a luminous snorkel, and uncover an array of unbelievable marine life amongst kaleidoscopic corals. Sample time lounging, frolicking and swimming at Whitehaven Beach known for its bright white silica sands! If you’re up for a light bushwalk, venture to Hill Inlet Lookout to witness the astonishing swirling views. After a day of wonder, let our professional crews wine and dine you under the stars for the perfect finish to a spectacular day in the Whitsundays.

Snorkelling in the Whitsundays

Day 2 

The Whitsundays from above and sunset sail 

Wake up to the gentle crashing of waves against the hull, and get ready for another day of island magic… from above! Head back into Airlie Beach, where you can hop into one of our panoramic scenic flight experiences… we’ll see you on cloud nine! Fly over agglomerations of islands and be breath taken by the bright turquoise waters and lush, subtropical island foliage. Learn about the geology and history of our beautiful spot through in-flight commentary as you enjoy 360-degree views of the Whitsundays! Come back down to earth and top the afternoon off with a quintessential, charm-filled sunset sail. Indulge in a complimentary glass of champagne, good company and electrifying sunset hues as you bask in the glow of your ultimate Whitsunday getaway!

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Day 3 

Airlie Beach and poolside relaxation 

Set your watch to island time and explore the local boutiques and cafes along Mainstreet to get a feel for the charming, bustling beach town called Airlie Beach! A morning esplanade walk along the foreshore will take you to the marina with stunning, ocean views along the way! With an array of free Airlie attractions, you can swim in the lagoon and lounge in the sun all day. Or, head to the Rocks Bar & Pool Club for some seaside pool lounging in style! With an array of gourmet spots to eat, the Whitsundays really does deliver on fresh, local food. Treat yourself to some seaside cocktails and live music as wrap up your glorious weekend in the Whitsundays!

The Rocks Poolside Cocktails Whitsunday MenuWhitsunday Menu 


But wait, there’s more! 

If you’re after to have a longer getaway, or you just can’t go home yet, there is plenty more natural wonder to be discovered in the Whitsundays! Neighbouring town Bowen, home to the renowned Horseshoe Bay, is an unmissable stop just 40-minutes out of Airlie Beach. Go for a world-class snorkel and enjoy some fresh, local beachside seafood! With an array of extra activities, hikes, watersports, delectable restaurants, free activities and events, the Whitsundays is the perfect place for your next Australian holiday… whether it’s long, or short!

There are infinite itinerary combinations here in the Whitsundays, with options for families, couples, social adventurers, thrill-seekers and lovers of luxury! Our friendly, experienced staff are here to plan a seamless, tailored getaway that ticks all of your boxes. 

The Great Barrier Reef drone, the Whitsundays


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