‘Waltzing Matilda’ is Australia’s unofficial anthem, a song about a man living in the bushland of Australia. It is also the name of an overnight sailing boat in the Whitsundays.
Whitsunday bullet is the newest boat in the Whitsundays and offers an amazing day trip around the islands.
Bullet offers a packed day, where guests will get to snorkel, visit Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout and have the opportunity to scuba dive. It is the only fast day catamaran that offers scuba diving, meaning it’s ideal for those who want a little more adventure in their day but also want the stability and speed of a catamaran.
Foot Young is a world-famous artist based on Hamilton Island in the Whitsunday Islands, and is the creator of many of the beautiful marble sculptures found in the Whitsundays and Australia. His works of art are found all over the world, in homes and galleries and are well known by many in the art community.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s best managed World Heritage sites. With over $200 million invested by the government annually as well as many other stakeholders raising money and taking interest in its well being, it is by far the most structured conservation effort in the world.
It is Airlie Beach's Annual Race week and there is a lot of fun things to do all over town!
The SS Yongala was an Australian passenger vessel that sailed the east coast in the early 1900s, and is now a famous diving wreck off the coast of Queensland, visited by over 10,000 people annually.
While it is extremely important that we continue to protect the Great Barrier Reef and allows its beauty and uniqueness to thrive, it is equally important that we spread true information about the reef and the status of its health to ensure its continued support.
A brief look into the top five Whitsunday Islands.
According to an extremely influential American travel site, the Great Barrier Reef is the best place to visit for the year 2016-2017.
Disneyâ€™s highly anticipated Find Dory has opened in Australian movie theatres with countless fans lining up to get their dose of the Finding Nemo sequel.
Following on from the blockbuster Finding Nemo, Finding Dory continues the journey of the much-loved blue tang fish Dory as she tries to find her family with the help of the colourful characters Marlin and Nemo the clown fish and Crush the green sea turtle.
As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and 74 Whitsunday islands, Airlie Beach is a bustling township featuring everything you will need to have a memorable holiday.
A quick list of where to stay, free things to see and the best budget tours on offer in the Whitsundays.
Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays is the ideal destination for all types of travellers, particularly those any age touring around on their own.
Those visiting the Whitsundays for the first time may be unsure what to expect, particularly if they are heading out on their very first overnight sailing trip. One thing to consider, particularly if you don’t have much experience on boats, is the possibility of seasickness. Most don't get sea sick, but it's always good to be prepared just in case.
Coral bleaching is when the symbiotic relationship between algae and their host coral becomes disrupted and causes the coral to expel the algae. Algae, which lives inside of the coral, is what gives it its colour, energy and its source of nutrients. When the algae leaves, what is left behind is the limestone skeleton of the bleached coral, which is what we see when there is coral bleaching.
Want to get the boys together in town for a night of celebrating a Buck’s last night of freedom? Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays is certainly the pick of party towns along the east coast not only as a tourist hotspot, but with its bustling night life, strip of lively bars and nightclubs, live music venues it always feels like Friday night.
Do you have some time to spare during your visit to Airlie Beach and are unsure of what is on offer or things to do? Here is a list of the top 10 things to do while in town!
The most famous of all things to do while in the Whitsundays is to go on an overnight sailing tour, and who wouldn’t want to set sail on aqua waters of the Coral Sea around the tropical islands and enjoy a few days of bliss.
The ideal tour type for travellers who may get seasick on an overnight sailing tour, but still wanting to experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays Islands, is on a scenic flight.
If you have a desire to explore the underwater world at one of the most precious natural phenomenon’s in the world, then look no further than the Whitsundays.
The Great Barrier Reef continues to be a world-class destination as the world’s largest natural landform and its significance to the popular of all coral and marine species.
The top 5 hit list featuring the best on offer in the Whitsundays and the ultimate landmarks and natural phenomenon’s which make it a world-class destination.
One of the world’s most broadcasters has made history once again with a monumental visit to the Great Barrier Reef to film yet another documentary series.
Whether it’s on your own private vessel, a bareboat charter, or the most popular choice of them all, on an overnight sailing tour, everyone who seriously wants to enjoy a slice of paradise MUST go sailing in the Whitsundays.
Do you want to save money and have the holiday of a lifetime in the Whitsundays?
As a world class holiday destination, the Whitsundays is serviced by all major airlines and getting to the region is easy.
The Airlie Beach mainland is a great place to stay and play, but some visitors to the Whitsundays wants to take it a step further and head over to one of the region’s tropical island resorts.
This amazing destination is also a tourist hotspot, drawing travellers from around the world to its incredible aqua waters of the Coral Sea, 74 Whitsunday islands and its gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
Not sure what you want to see and do while in the Whitsundays? Check out the top 5 attractions which you cannot miss.
The Whitsundays has a fantastic variety of different overnight sailing tours and caters for every type of traveller. Whether you prefer a catamaran or monohull, a maxi sailing yacht or turbo-charged vessel, there is something for everyone. The Whitsundays also offers specialised trips for backpackers, couples, party-seekers, scuba divers and those wanting to enjoy some speed sailing.
Airlie Beach, a tourist town situated on the Whitsunday Coast, is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and 74 magical islands.
The perfect setting for a romantic honeymoon has to be without a doubt on a secluded tropical island off the coast.
The Whitsundays is a destination full of possibilities as the home of some of the most renowned natural icons including Whitehaven Beach, Great Barrier Reef and Heart Reef. Here is a list of the Top 10 must-do's to experience the most of this incredible region.
It's not just avid travellers who are wanting to experience a tropical getaway in the Whitsundays, some of the world's biggest celebrities are hitting up the region as well.
A directory of important phone numbers when visiting the Whitsundays including taxis, doctors, hospital, hairdressers and more.
Whether you are an independent tourist, couple, group of friends, student or a backpacker, there are certainly many ways you can fulfil the dream of sailing away into a Whitsundays sunset that will suit your budget, timeframe and desired itinerary.
The Whitsundays are known for their beauty. With breathtaking islands, stunning reefs and white sandy beaches, it’s no surprise they are a popular tourist destination.
Holidaying in the Whitsundays? Why not spend a day exploring the mainland of Airlie Beach which is vibrant,'village-like' town with plenty of choices of restaurants, bars, retail shops, accommodation and events. Here's the top 10 places to go in Airlie Beach
If you’re a backpacker or a traveller sticking to a budget, the Whitsundays have a great variety of value overnight sailing trips which won’t break the bank.
Easter 2016 is already shaping up to be a big long weekend with day and overnight sailing trips (and particularly private cabin accommodation) starting to book out.
The Whitsundays is continuing to gear up in preparation for the area’s first international flights – destination, New Zealand.
You would be crazy not to want to indulge in the tropical oasis of the Whitsunday islands, particularly with islands such Hamilton Island, Daydream Island, Whitsunday Island and Hayman Island on the itinerary.
The Whitsundays is home to a huge array of day trips and choosing a suitable one can be a challenge. We have broken down a few trips for you to familiarise yourself which what is available.
The Whitsundays is the best place to experience your first real scuba dive, and what is better, you are able to do this onboard an overnight sailing vessel.
Not sure what to do this Summer? Head to the Whitsundays where the sun almost always shining!
If you are after a special deal or a discount of a holiday in the Whitsundays then your search is over.
As one of the most romantic places featuring the renowned Heart Reef, the Whitsundays is a popular holiday destination for couples and honeymooners from around the world.
An once-in-a-lifetime experience has to be scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. But why not take it a step further and combine this experience with an overnight sailing trip around the Whitsunday Islands? That’s right, the Whitsundays offers a number of trips which offer onboard scuba diving around the islands which offers an amazing experience with so much more to see and explore below the surface. Even if you have never dived, the Whitsundays is the perfect location to try it with generally clear water which is sheltered, and a huge array of marine life, including turtles and wrasse, as well as the beautiful coral formations.
Backpackers are enjoyable for so many reasons.
If you not 100 per cent interested in sleeping on a boat while on your overnight sailing trip, you are able to get the best of both worlds with a sailing trip around the Whitsundays PLUS accommodation at a resort each night.
Keep a look out for drop offs and big bommies which are usually home to all types of reef fish, including cod, sweetlip, trout and snapper.
Continuously voted as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches..
A must read for all travellers who have the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach on their bucket list!
From the top 10 snorkelling sites, bush trails of Hamilton Island, to the best cruising places for yachts, the famous ‘100 Magic Miles The Whitsunday Islands’ book is a must have for travel enthusiasts who want to see and experience this incredible destination on the Queensland coast.
With so much to see and do on a trip, you will get to your destinations a whole lot quicker with some of these turbo-charged tours.
2016 Cruise Ship Schedule to Airlie Beach
If you are wanting to have the experience of a lifetime on an overnight sailing trip in the Whitsundays, but have out-grown the backpacker-party atmosphere, than we can help.
As a mecca for the world-wide backpacker crowd, Airlie beach is almost a constant buzz with activity along the main street; particularly when the sun sets.
Airlie Beach is a smorgasboard of possibilities when it comes to places to eat.
If you are on a budget but don’t want to miss out on an experience of a lifetime on an overnight sailing trip in the Whitsundays, then don’t despair.
The list of overnight sailing trips in the Whitsundays is a little daunting with so many great options, so we have put together a list of the backpacker boats by price to make choosing the best trip for you, much easier.
If you are wanting a holiday with plenty of socialising, a young, fun, festive crowd and a party atmosphere, then Airlie Beach is the place to be.
There's no need to break the budget on an overnight sailing trip in the Whitsundays,
If you are travelling on a budget but still want to get the most out of the Whitsundays, we have got plenty of options for you and you won’t have to miss out on anything while on your trip!
For families around the world, the Whitsundays is the ultimate vacation paradise; filled with tropical beaches, child-friendly accommodation places and great trip and tours on the mainland and on the islands.
For those fortunate enough to be embarking on an overnight sailing trip in the Whitsundays, there is also the opportunity of a lifetime to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
If you are travelling around on a flexible budget and don’t want to skimp on some of life’s luxuries, you may fall into the up and coming ‘flashpacker’ category – a type of traveller who is sick of noodles, hostels and shared bathrooms.
With the holiday season just around the corner, everyone is busy planning their Christmas vacation with the Whitsundays a hot choice for many travellers.
â€‹For those not who have not quite made it over the hill but are still way passed their partying and drinking ways of yesteryear, choosing the right sailing trip in the Whitsundays can be tricky.
Indisputably one of the most romantic places in the world, thousands of couples choose to elope, marry and honeymoon in the Whitsundays. And, there is no better place in the world than to propose to your loved one in the Whitsundays; so here is a list of the most romantic places to do it.
Also known as Black Island, Bali Hai is one of the most popular snorkel locations within the Whitsunday islands with its fringing coral, clear calm waters and bustling marine life population.
Buzzing with the exciting village atmosphere, Airlie Beach is home to a huge variety of bars, cafes and restaurants - to suit all acquired tastes and budgets!
The map itself details the main attractions of the area, what to do, and where to eat, as well as the major in towns.
When he applied for the ‘Best Job in the World’, Ben Southall might have believe, like everybody else, that he was looking at 6 months of laid back lifestyle, relaxation and good times. However upon winning the competition he quickly discovered ‘The Best Job in the World’ came with long hours, hard travel, near death experiences and a whole host of other things.
The Whitsundays attracts families, couples, boy trips and groups of friends, and we are sure to find something suitable for you.
The Whitsundays will play host to one of the biggest artists in the world, with a visit from superstar Taylor Swift from this weekend.
The biggest challenge you will face after arriving in the Whitsundays, is deciding what to do!
With more and more foreign travellers from China in the region, the Whitsundays has expanded to suit the market and has determined what it is the tourists are wanting.
Experience the beauty and diversity of Australia's Great Barrier Reef in the best way possible, under the water! Under the guidance of our friendly and knowledgable instructors, you can take a ride through the wonders of the underwater world for the first time, no previous experience necessary!
Sailing Whitsundays have put together the Top 10 Things To Do In The Whitsundays!
With a number of expanding industries operating from the Whitsundays’ coast, the region generally has job opportunities throughout the year, with many part time and full time, for a short or long term.
When in Airlie Beach you have dive into the aqua waters of the Whitsundays at least once! There are many places and opportunities to swim in the region, either on the mainland of Airlie Beach or while out around the Whitsunday islands and at the outer Great Barrier Reef.
The Whitsundays is THE place to go for all Australian families looking for a fun yet relaxing break during school holidays.
A Chinese restaurant located in Cannonvale, in the Whitsundays, is taking the town by storm with locals and visitors from all around the world raving about the amazing and authentic cuisine on offer.
The Whitsundays is a great place for fishing with plenty of reefs, shelfs, bommies, channels and sheltered bays. We have put together a quick list of the 'when, where, hows' to assist to get the most out of your fishing trip.
World-renowned writers from all corners visit this blessed region every year.
In this case, with 74 islands making up the Whitsunday's, the pieces to gather for your collection are vast. Taking to the sea for a spot of 'Aqua camping' was the option I took to be sure the whole picture I would take away from this beautiful area was one of absolute completion....
If you are looking for some extra information or guidance before booking an overnight boat trips in the Whitsundays, it can be useful to read some of the feedback left from other travellers who have experience the tour for themselves.
With many options to suit all tastes, budgets and time frames, the Whitsundays is set to be one of the most popular wedding and honeymoon destinations in Australia.
You would had heard of the famous Whitehaven Beach, Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, but what about the other hidden gems which surround the beautiful Whitsundays and Airlie beach.
If you have ever had the desire to go sailing or take it one step further and learn to sail than look no further than sailing in the Whitsundays.
Upon your arrival in Airlie Beach, why not get access to a GoPro so you can capture all of the action of your trip.
Keep your eye on Airlie Beach with its new and exciting restaurants.
The Whitsundays' Abell Point Marina Yacht Club.
The Whitsundays now features two aqua parks open to the public and run from Airlie Beach.
Why not choose an overnight Whitsundays Boat Trip which includes exciting watersports toys including SUP boards, kayaks and more!
The Whitsunday Islands offer the opportunity to truly experience one of the natural wonders of the world first hand, up close and personal.
If you are hoping to spend your next holiday in Airlie Beach and want to stay and sail on a budget, then here are some Sailing Whitsundays tips, trips and packages for you to consider.
The Whitsundays is certainly a blessed part of the world, known as a portal to many natural wonders.
‘It’s more beautiful in real life. A must see. (In fact) everything about the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef is incredible.’ – Trip Advisor, 15 May 2015
This review is referring about the Heart Reef.
Extending over an area of 2,000km, and covering 348,000km2; the Great Barrier Reef is the most extensive coral reef system in the world, and possesses the richest biological diversity seen on Earth.
Looking for the ultimate adventure? Want to experience another world? Discover Scuba Diving is for you. Experience the beauty and diversity of Australia's Great Barrier Reef in the best way possible, under the water! Under the guidance of our friendly and knowledgeable instructors, you can take a ride through the wonders of the underwater world for the first time, no previous experience necessary!
Have you just arrived in Airlie Beach and want to check out the region but are limited on time? If you only have night or less to see the region, don’t think you have missed out.
The Whitsunday Sailing Club is the hub of sailing in the Whitsundays and thrives on promoting the recreation to people from all walks of life. The club is well-known to travellers for its weekly Twilight sailing race which is a social and fun race where non-sailors, visitors and anyone interested in trying out sailing, can take part.
Anchored off the coast of Mackay on June 1st 1770 Captain Cook set sail North upon the Endeavour for what was going to be one of the most spectacular stretches of his first voyage around the world.
Youve made it to the Whitsundays, rifled through flyers in travel agents, or just taken the opportunity to watch the horizon off our beautiful east coast; and decided the swirling sands of Whitehaven, the reef, and the island paradises before you, will be explored! Maybe youve had a history of seasickness, or simply dont want to take the risk; and nothing ruins a trip like being unprepared. But worry not; we have a list of simple remedies and advice that will have you finding your sea legs in no time.
As the home of the famous Whitehaven Beach, Heart Reef and the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays is a hotspot when it comes to seeing and experiencing nature at its best. But did you know there are many, many more things to see than just these icons? Travellers from around the world are now visiting the Whitsundays not just to see its amazing reefs, but also the interesting animals, extraordinary rainforests and much, much more. This article gives a number of day and overnight tours to show you the most of the region.
So you’ve saved, budgeted, researched accommodation, and made it to the Whitsundays; whether it’s work or play you want to get out on the reef as soon as possible; but with the wealth of day and overnight tours, travel agents, and websites; how do you determine value for money over the best experience possible?
Top 10 things to do in the Whitsundays 'on the cheap'
Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, is currently undergoing a $20 million revamp of the main street. This project will deliver a breath of vitality and beauty to Airlie Beach, one of Queenslands most popular tourist hotspots.
With the Great Barrier Reef at our doorstep, one of the World's top-rated beaches just around the corner, the most ideal sailing conditions on the East Coast of Australia... it is no wonder to those of us who live at the heart of it all as to why Airlie Beach is such a special place! Jo Sweeny, of Zest Design, has decided that it is time for us to let the rest of the World in our best-kept secret...
Australia has long been regarded as one of the top destinations in the world by locals and tourists alike. Every year, thousands of international tourists flock to the country from every part of the world. Here they travel through the rugged landscape of the country's rural interior, sample the unique coastline, with its pristine islands and beautiful Great Barrier Reef, and immerse themselves in the culture of places like Sydney and Melbourne. After Tourism Australia ran the highly successful "Best Job In The World" Campaign with Ben Southall taking out the top prize, it was relaunched in 2013 to offer not one, but six positions for a "Caretaker" in each state.
With so many incredible trips and activities to do in the Whitsundays, why limit yourself to just one!? At Sailing Whitsundays, we want you to get more out of your Whitsundays holiday without having to empty your pockets - this is why we now offer some great add-on products you can choose from when booking an overnight sailing trip...
Its amazing what leaving home can do for your perspective. I sit now in a wifi cafe in the Caribbean heat, sipping ice coffee and contemplating my Airlie Beach home and all that is wonderful about the Whitsundays.
A Honeymoon Cabin aboard any of the Whitsundays best tour vessels can give you the best start to a marriage with the most romantic memories possible!
A Moderate to difficult, 30km walk through the Conway Ranges.
From June to October the huge Humpback whales are seen frolicking in and around the Whitsunday Islands. A three day three night sail and dive to the outer reef has to be the best way to get up close and personal with the giants of the deep
Cruise Whitsundays is a multi-award winning cruise operator in the Whitsundays that has a long standing history of success in the region and previous operations in Fiji and New Zealand for over 20 years. Cruise Whitsundays offers a variety of island day cruises, ferry transfers and Great Barrier Reef Adventures throughout the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, with its main terminal now based at The Port Of Airlie in Airlie Beach.
Grandparents Week: 7th April 2014
It's time to switch off everyone's devices and switch on to good old fashion fun and games, during Grandparent's Week. Yep BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort does old school with good old-fashioned games for all generations to enjoy together.
You remember kite flying, knitting, biscuit making, scavenger hunts and water fights don't you? How about model and paper plane making, scrapbooking, bingo and mini golf tournaments? Then there's their special Park Olympics, pancake breakfast and their good ol' roast dinner night and movie night. So join them in their tropical paradise, for mega multi-generational fun!
All the information you need to know in booking your bareboat holiday in the Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia.
All that you need to know about setting sail from Airlie Beach
The picturesque Cedar Creek Falls are around 30 kilometers from Airlie Beach. A really popular spot with locals to cool of on a hot day without having to wear a stinger suit!
This is a resource site for everything a sailor would consider is newsworthy Sailing Anarchy has carried its way to the top of the Internet sailing world with great content, wildly active sailing forums and huge quantities of sailing news.
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Get a few friends together and save more off our already regular low prices.
If you're traveling together with a girlfriend, your sister, some good friends or even a hens party... this article is about to make it a bit easier for you to select the right boat for a few serene days on the water!
With your very own bareboat charter you get the privacy and freedom to sail in complete luxury surrounded by the people you know and want to share your experience with. You choose the food, the playlist and the time spent at anyone of the fantastic dive and snorkel spots around the islands.
Whether you are a thrill seeking adventurer, avid sailor or laid back sun goddess wanting a bit of style and comfort, you wont be disappointed by the choice of sailing on offer in The Whitsundays region.
Mr Travel have documented some of the History of vessels that have worked in the Whitsundays
PADI certification cards are the most respected and sought after scuba credentials in the world . No matter where you choose to dive, your PADI scuba certification card will be recognized and accepted. In fact, on most scuba diving adventures youll be surrounded by other PADI Divers who made the same certification choice you did to train with the worlds largest and most respected scuba diving training organization.
Corals of the Whitsunday Islands and surrounds
What is it that makes the Whitsundays so special?
Is it the beautiful blue water, always a pleasant temperature so we can swim when we please? Is it the incredible islands, dotted not far from the shore? Some home to sophisticated resorts while others, uninhabited, are filled with mystery.
Thinking of traveling to the Whitsundays? Wondering what all the fuss is? Considering a sailing adventure but not quite sure if its right for you?
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