Travelling to the Whitsundays COVID-19 

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Updated 09/09/21

For those able, there really has never been a better time to explore your own backyard and take a Whitsunday holiday. While times are uncertain, a getaway to our slice of paradise has never been more deserved on your part and appreciated on ours. After a slow year of tourism, the islands, reefs and waters are pristine and ready to be discovered! And, with our flexible cancellation policies and last-minute COVID cancellation deals, a getaway to the Whitsundays Islands has never been more flexible or realistic. 

We understand that travelling amidst a global pandemic can be a little stressful and full of questions of what is right and wrong. If you are unsure about booking or taking your holiday, have questions about where you can or can’t go, or just want to triple check all COVID bases are covered, follow our simple before-you-go COVID-19 checklist! We’re here to make your experience as worry-free, seamless and above all, COVID-safe as possible.


COVID-19 Whitsundays Checklist

Before you book & before you go!


1. Check your local area’s government website for any restrictions

While a lot of Aussie’s are lucky enough to be able to travel within their own beautiful country, sometimes COVID-19 pops up when you least expect it. While it’s often hard to not hear about current restrictions in your area, always double-check any current COVID-19 travel restrictions before you book your trip and before you leave. 

If you are coming to the Whitsundays from anywhere out of state (outside of QLD) check the official QLD Government border restrictions. It is important to do this before you book and before you leave, and ensure you have all required documentation before jumping in your car, bus or plane.


2. Check our local area’s government website for any restrictions

To check if there are any COVID-19 restrictions within the Whitsundays regional area, head to the QLD Health restrictions page. This page contains a handy map to see which areas in QLD, if any, are ‘impacted areas’ with imposed restrictions such as mask-wearing, venue capacities, social distancing and/or check-in requirements. 


3. Download the Check-In QLD app

Currently, all businesses in QLD are required by law to ensure every visitor is checked in using the Check-In QLD app. This app allows individuals to check-in to venues using a unique QR code displayed at the front and inside of venues. Venues include bars, restaurants, accommodation, shops, boats, taxis and public facilities. If you’re unfamiliar with the app, you can learn more about it and download it here, so you’re ready to explore Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays without a holdup! 

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4. Pack your mask

While the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach have been really lucky in avoiding COVID cases and mask requirements so far, it never hurts to pack a mask for your next adventure. While we hope it can remain untouched at the bottom of your suitcase, along with your COVID uncertainties for the duration of your trip, it’s always better to be prepared! 


5. Get vaccinated, if you can

There’s no denying it, the last two years have been a pandemic whirlwind, and we are all sick and tired of snap lockdowns. We really are all in this together, and the only way out of these disruptions to travel (and life in general!) is for all of us to get vaccinated. We can’t wait to welcome interstate and international visitors with open arms. So, when thinking about your travel preparations, the best thing you can do is get the jab if have the ability and access. For more information on vaccine eligibility and administration centres, check out the QLD Health vaccination webpage.


6. Book a COVID discounted overnight or day boat

If you haven’t already booked an experience amongst the incredible Whitsunday Islands, check out our new system of last-minute COVID cancellation discounted rates! While these deals can be last minute, they are so good you might as well plan around them. Or, if you want to escape the crowds, check out our range of private charters… the perfect way to ensure a COVID-safe, personalised holiday for you and your partner, family and friends! 

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The only thing left to do now is to pack your bags, arrive in tropical paradise and let the worries of the year drift away in the sea breeze… you deserve it! 

For more information, check out our extensive COVID-19 Whitsunday Guide to answer all of your questions!

COVID safe private charter Whitsunday Checklist


For a free itinerary consultation, booking assistance or simply holiday inspiration, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team of locals.


Get in touch with a travel agent on +61 7 4914 2425 or live chat with us today!

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