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Located on the central coast of sunny Queensland and set on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays is one of the best spots to explore the natural wonder from — with just as much fun to be had on the islands as out on the reef! Across those 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays, there’s something for everyone. Hiking, sailing and diving for the adventure enthusiasts, and fine-dining, sunbathing and partying for the pleasure-seekers. Check out our top ten reasons for visiting the Whitsundays — not that anybody ever needs an excuse to take a holiday!
Skytrans recently announced they will be flying direct between Cairns and the Whitsundays, which is good news for holidaymakers and nomads! Previously, if you were wanting to catch a flight between the two tropical hot spots, you’d have to go via Brisbane and sometimes even Sydney!
Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday region is home to many species of wildlife including the infamous and intimidating saltwater crocodile. Sightings however are extremely rare, as the reptile prefers the murky waters of the nearby Proserpine River.
The Whitsundays region has added another movie title, Ticket to Paradise, to an already extensive list of blockbuster films that have been shot on the silica sands and turquoise waters of the Whitsundays Islands.
Stinger season in the Whitsundays runs during the warmer months of the Australian year, from late October until May. Although marine stingers frequent the region during the summer months, it is an extremely rare occurrence to be stung on a tour. Our team of local experts are here to inform you about the Whitsunday stinger season and the recommended precautions, to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time whilst exploring the spectacular Whitsunday Islands!
Year-round getaways in the Whitsundays are here to stay! Our team of island experts are here to let you know all about getting to Airlie Beach, weather in the Whitsundays, getting out to the Whitsunday Islands, and the best tours in the Whitsundays - time to hop aboard avid sailors!
Visiting the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach has never been easier! Explore the many options you have to get to the Whitsunday region, from air travel, bus coaches, driving, and scenic trains.
Holidaymakers and avid travellers can choose to fly, drive, bus, or train to the Whitsunday mainland depending on their budget and travel style. The most convenient way to travel to the region is a flight to either the Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP).
Every backpacker, van nomad, or holidaymaker to Airlie Beach has a different itinerary, perhaps you’re road-tripping south, eager for a weekend away with friends, or planning a family school holiday getaway. Depending on your budget and time frame there are a variety of ways to get to Airlie Beach from Cairns - let us fill you in!
Generally, no. Sightings of saltwater (estuarine) crocodiles in Airlie Beach and the surrounding waters of the Whitsunday Islands are extremely rare, as they prefer murky, dirty waters to hunt in. However, over the last few decades, there have been a small handful of saltwater crocodile sightings.
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