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The Whitsundays on a budget

We've compiled a list of things you can do in the Whitsundays if you're travelling on a budget: where to stay, free activities, things to see and the best budget tours on offer in the Whitsundays.


There are a number of hostels located in Airlie Beach including:

  • xBase Backpackers
  • Magnums Backpackers
  • Island View Bed and Breakfast
  • Reefsleep - backpacker price


The Airlie Beach Lagoon is an awesome place to relax for an afternoon or on a lay day before or after your boat trip. Surrounded by tropical palm trees and looking over the Coral Sea, the lagoon is a fantastic place to cool off, have a barbeque with friends or sunbake on the bank.

Cedar Creek Falls
If you have a vehicle and want to see the beauty surrounding Airlie Beach, then the short drive to see Cedar Creek Falls is certainly something you don’t want to miss. Hidden in the tropical rainforest is this natural waterfall which falls into a deep pool of freshwater – great for swimming!

Bushwalk through a National Park
There are a number of fantastic scenic bushwalks around Airlie Beach with some in close proximity and don’t require a vehicle. These often take you through luscious rainforest and up to a fantastic lookout over the Coral Sea and islands.


This 2 day, 2 night sailing tour caters for backpackers and those on a tight budget, but don’t want to miss out on anything! Habibi takes 26 guests on a fun, social tour to a number of snorkel sites and Whitehaven Beach.

Siska / Hammer
These slightly shorter 2 day/ 1 night sailing vessels are great for those short on time and don’t want to break the bank. Both Siska and Hammer are mega yachts and offer a fun, fast sailing trip with around 22 guests in total.


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