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Whitsunday Sailing Backpacker Tours

The Backpacker Mecca!
It was the eighties when young travellers wandered into to Airlie Beach's town centre and found several boats working from the beaches. These industrious vessels would take travellers on board for a sail around the Whitsunday Islands. Since those days, The Whitsundays has boomed into a must-do visit on every backpacker's agenda. The town is now a thriving hub of activity with around twenty bars where you can stop for a beer or two. Along with four late-night clubs the town has truly become a party mecca for young and old travellers alike.

The choice of vessels now number close to fifty different options with everything available from luxury to budget. All of the boats have one main aim and that is to get you on the water sailing around our truly stunning islands. The most popular tours now are the two-day, two-night type that seems to fit the itinerary for affordability and maximum on water time. Also the new catamarans and multihulls have become "The New Kids On The Block". Along side are the ever-popular maxi sailing yachts for pure adrenalin, not forgetting the old world charm of going for a cruise on a traditional tallship.

Backpacker Numbers
It would not be a surprise to anyone travelling to the Whitsundays that both in the township of Airlie and out on the water, young travellers out number families and nomads by almost two to one. Adventure travel and sailing adrenaline experiences are the real drawcard to our island paradise for the young (and young-at-heart). That's is why you will so find many boats that are targeted towards backpacker tours in The Whitsundays.

Whitsunday Discovery
The Whitsunday Islands are a collection of 74 islands off the shores of Airlie Beach, in Queensland, Australia. The Islands were named by James Cook, a famous British sailor and explorer, in 1770 and since then has become a paradise for travellers and sailors alike. The Whitsunday Islands are a gateway for crystal white beaches and the Great Barrier Reef.

The experience of sailing around the mostly uninhabited island paradise is a now must-do on every Australian visitor's must see list!

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