When ‘Cyclone Debbie’ hit Airlie Beach on March 28th 2017, she brought with her strong winds which stormed through the town and surrounding areas. While Airlie Beach is bouncing back, continuing on with business as usual, it has sparked a debate about the long-term effects this natural disaster will have on the reef system.
Tropical Cyclone Debbie passed through the Whitsundays on March 28, 2017, as a category four cyclone. It was the strongest tropical cyclone since Cyclone Ada in 1970, almost 47 years ago, causing damage to the Whitsundays and surrounding areas before heading south, where it would caused some flooding near Rockhampton. Considering modern building codes are so stringent the main damage was to vegetation and water penetration to some unoccupied buildings.
Following the wrath of Cyclone Debbie that hit the Whitsunday Islands on March 28th 2017, Hamilton Island has re-opened and is welcoming visitors to come enjoy the Whitsunday Islands.
Following damage from Cyclone Debbie in March 2017, Daydream Island Resort and Spa has decided to use this time to start the major refurbishment that was due to start in 2018. This $50 million redevelopment will inject new life into the Whitsunday Islands, with a state-of-the-art accommodation and facilities.
The Solway Circuit is a hiking trail located on beautiful Whitsunday Island in Northern Queensland, famous for being the home of Whitehaven Beach. The trail itself begins behind the beach, and gives it guests a beautiful view of Solway Passage, Pentecost Island and Haslewood Island. It’s a 1.2 kilometre one-way circuit that’s part of the Ngaro Sea Trail which is also found on Hook and South Molle Islands and sheds light on the traditional owners of the Whitsundays, the Ngaro.
â€‹The Outer Great Barrier Reef and Inner Fringing Reefs are both part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park off the east coast of Northern Queensland and stretches over 2,300km. While the two types of reefs are similar, they also host an abundance of differences that make them both unique and beautiful in their own way.
The Whitsunday Reef Festival is an annual event in Airlie Beach where the community comes together to celebrate family fun, fashion and food with fireworks, all night celebrations, parties and markets!
The festival celebrates life in the Whitsundays and on the Great Barrier Reef with fun events throughout the week, including Telstra Family Funday, Frocktails, Comedy Gala and the Recyclable Regatta.
This 10-day Festival will be full of fun and excitement with so many activities to enjoy with your family, friends or solo!
Winter in the Whitsundays is somewhat of an oxymoron since the weather here tends to stay warm and sunny all year round and our ‘winter’ isn’t a typical winter, compared to much of the world.
As the hub of the Whitsundays, Airlie Beach is the best place to base yourself as you explore the islands and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Known as a tropical retreat, the Whitsundays maintains an average temperature of around 27 degrees throughout the seasons – making it the perfect place to holiday all-year round.
With the destination of your holidays already chosen, now is the best time to decide which tour you want to experience on your Whitsundays vacation.
Trying to save pennies but still want to have the holiday of a lifetime on the east coast of Australia, with a Great Barrier Reef experience?
Are you wanting to experience a genuine sailing holidays in the Whitsundays, but only have a few days to spare?
Are the Whitsunday Islands on your 'to-do' list while visiting the region? With Hayman Island, Whitsunday Island, Hamilton Island and Daydream Island just in arm's reach, a day trip to these iconic destinations is the best way to see them, particularly if you are short on time! Here are just some of the day trips to the islands on offer!
For travellers who want to see of all these incredible things but are either short on time or would rather not embark on a day or overnight boat trip, then a scenic flight is the ideal way to do it all, without the price tag!
The Whitsundays, located in Northern Queensland, experiences a tropical climate with hot summers and warm winters. Summers are humid, with the wet season falling from January to March; winters are warm, with comfortable temperatures and less rain. The ocean temperature averages 25°C, varying throughout the seasons, but always remaining warm enough for snorkelling and swimming.
The Whitsundays is a great choice of holiday destination not only for groups of backpackers wanting to party, or honeymooners want to relax, but also for solo travellers wanting a unique sailing experience among like-minded people.
With 74 magical islands to explore, sometimes there is simply not enough time to see and experience them all while on your visit to the region.
From luggage, departure locations and extra costs, we have all your overnight sailing questions answered!
Airlie Beach is notoriously known as a party town with its bustling street life, colourful atmosphere and relaxed locals, it is easy to see why the region is a backpacker mecca and the first-choice holiday destination for the younger crowd.
The Whitsundays offers a huge variety of day trips around the islands and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and each tour is tailored to suit all travellers’ needs and desires.
The Whitsundays continues to be a world-class holiday destination, drawing millions of travellers to its sandy beaches, tropical islands and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
The second part of Sir David Attenborough’s latest documentary ‘The Great Barrier Reef’ will go to air this Sunday at 7:40pm on ABC.
Bareboating is now a common term which refers to skippering a vessel yourself, rather than joining a boat tour which has a captain, crew and other passengers.
Australia is an interesting place of earth with a diversity of landscapes, cultures, animals and national icons.
The Whitsundays features two domestic airports in Proserpine (PPP) and Hamilton Island (HTI). There is also a bus station that stops into Airlie Beach and a train station that stops in Proserpine, all allowing you access to Airlie Beach, the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef.
Other than choosing which overnight sailing trip to go on, your travel arrangements are a crucial part of your holiday to the Whitsundays.
Before heading to the Whitsundays, you might wonder how to best prepare yourself and what you can expect during your time here. Below are come travel trips that might help you on your travels and save you time and money.
These specially-designed packages are Sailing-Whitsundays favourites as they offer Hamilton Island accommodation and are discounted to say you money.
We have put together a list of accommodations available in Airlie Beach and Whitsunday islands.
Where will I sleep? Will it be rough? Where will the boat go?
These are the questions which are frequently asked by travellers heading to the Whitsundays and jumping onboard an overnight sailing tour for the first time.
The Whitsundays is a unique place in Australia, not only because it is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, but also its incredible, islands, marine and wildlife and the Airlie Beach mainland.
Every visitor to the Whitsundays, whether they are from a foreign country or based in Australia, would have heard of the famous overnight sailing vessels which operate in the region.
The Whitsundays is the perfect destination to enjoy a family holiday with a smorgasboard of child-friendly accommodation options, fun-filled tours and plenty of things to see.
With a reef which has naturally been shaped as a heart, of course the Whitsundays has to be one of the most romantic places in Australia.
It is easy to see why so many foreign travellers who visit the Whitsundays enjoy the region so much, they actually want to stay and work for a period of time.
â€‹The world-famous Hamilton Island is in a league of its own when it comes to a tropical island getaway in the Whitsundays.
With watersports galore, a daily activity program, an outdoor movie cinema and recreational equipment, Daydream Island is the perfect place for not only a family getaway, but for the ideal vacation place for every traveller.
We have put together the ultimate guide of 'must do's' while on your vacation to the Whitsundays!
Not sure where to eat while in Airlie Beach? The Whitsundays Restaurant Guide is a quick way to search restaurants in this village-like town! Choose between steakhouses, burger bars, seafood and more!
Whitsundays destination guide features all of the different areas of the region and plenty of information about them, where to stay, what to do and what to expect. This includes Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island and more.
The Whitsundays are a top destination for travellers from around Australia and abroad, where people come to enjoy the sun, heat, islands and reef during a tropical escape. Below are some tips you should read before booking your holiday to the Whitsundays to help you build the vacation of your dreams.
Whitsunday Island’s Whitehaven Beach, located some 27 kilometres from the Airlie Beach mainland, continues to be an award-winning beach in not only Australia but the south Pacific region every year.
The Whitsundays has a primary bus service, transferring passengers from Airlie Beach, Proserpine and surrounding areas. Whitsunday Transit operates 7 days a week.
Are you heading to the Whitsundays for a holiday and not sure of the best way to get around?
Along the way, there are some great opportunities to sight the native flora and fauna and really appreciate the beautiful view of the islands and aqua coloured Coral Sea.
The Whitsundays aren't just the gateway to the famous Great Barrier Reef, it is also the home of a large number of tropical islands with just a handful inhabited and the remaining islands still protected by National Parks.
If you a backpacker or simply a bargain hunter at heart, you won’t be able to go passed a last minute deal on a Whitsundays holiday.
Considering a trip to the Whitsundays but don't know where to start? Here are the top 5 tips on how to go about planning and booking your trip, hassle-free.
The directory features the name, location and contact details of each marina facility around the Whitsundays and surrounding areas. Each facility offers different berthing, mooring and amenities for local and visiting sailors.
This list features all of the Whitsundays marina companies services and selling parts necessary for local and visiting sailors.
Here is a list of the top 10 things to do to get the most out of your trip to the Whitsundays.
Even if you are not a backpacker, sometimes it’s great to find a bargain and save a little money while on holiday.
Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays is the perfect to stay and play which a huge variety of things to see and do throughout the day and many great places to stay for the duration of your trip.
This award-winning beach continues to amaze tourists from around the world.
Some of the Whitsundays most popular trips have to be those which feature Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout on the itinerary, and on the top of the list are the day trips.
The Whitsundays is a sailing mecca and is home to a huge number of fantastic overnight sailing trips – some of which head to the outer Great Barrier Reef!
There is no other genuine sailing trip around the Whitsundays than on a traditional sailing vessels. Home too many famous vessels including the world-renowned maxi yachts, Airlie Beach also features a number of amazing traditional sailing yachts which have an incredible history behind them.
Here are the top 5 backpackers sailing trips in the Whitsundays to choose from.
Blue Pearl Bay is certainly a favourite site for the day and overnight sailing trips in the Whitsundays, simply for its incredibly clear, blue water, unique marine species and colourful coral formations.
If you a certified diving enthusiast and want to get the most out of your underwater experience in the Whitsundays, then you cannot go passed the chance to do a night dive.
For most travellers visiting Australia for the first time, a snorkelling or scuba diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef has to be on their holiday ‘to do’ list.
Why not choose a slightly longer sailing trip which offers a thorough experience around the Whitsundays and more time to do the things you enjoy most.
The Whitsundays is a blessed part of Australia with almost always perfect weather all year-round, with the different seasons offering something for everyone.
Are you wanting to book a trip around the Whitsundays but has no idea where to start looking?
Look no further, Sailing-Whitsundays have put together a list of the hottest and most popular trips around the Whitsundays for you, so all you need to do is browse and book!
For those who are not too keen on being in the water all the time and want to enjoy and enjoy the mainland, there is a huge variety of things to try!
The Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) Airport is set to deliver international flights in 2016, with the first destination proposed to be New Zealand.
The only way to see this amazing reef is with an incredible scenic flight!
The Whitsundays is a great place to save money but still have the overnight sailing trip of a lifetime.
To truly appreciate the beauty of the Whitsundays, it must be seen from all angles.
With a great first-impression and warm welcome to passengers, Airlie Beach is becoming a popular destination for cruise ships. It's not only a great stop where they can come and enjoy the hospitality, also a great place where cruise ship passengers come to enjoy a day trip of scenic flight – the perfect way to experience the magic of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef.
The naturally formed reef shaped as a heart is now a worldwide attraction. As it can only viewed from above, the best way to see Heart reef is with a scenic flight.
â€‹Australia Day - January 26
The annual Australia Day event held by the Whitsunday Regional Council will include the annual Australia Day awards.
Whitsunday Events of 2016
It’s not hard to a find a bargain when shopping around for a day or overnight sailing trip in the Whitsundays.
Not only will a sail and stay package save you lots of money, but it will also save you the hassle of going through the process of finding accommodation and a boat trip separately.
Almost every day and overnight trip has plenty of snorkelling on the itinerary and if time is willing, you will visit a number of different sites around the famous Whitsunday islands which all have unique coral and marine species, including the famous Mauri Wrasse and green sea turtles!
The Whitsundays offers an array of day trips which all feature different assets but all guarantee one thing – a stop to Whitehaven Beach.
Short on time but still want to make the most out of your stay in the Whitsundays?
The Whitsundays is buzzing with day trips which all head out around the famous 74 islands and Great Barrier Marine Park, and can be a difficult choice deciding which one tour is best for you.
As one of the romantic destinations in the world, the Whitsundays is the perfect place to spoil yourself and your loved one on a holiday getaway.
If you are on a tight schedule but want to spend an enjoyable weekend in the sunny Whitsundays, don’t feel like you have to skimp on anything. Here are some great trip combos so you can make the most of your 48 hour stay in Airlie Beach!
Organising a holiday for a group of people, whether large or small, can be time-consuming, tedious and quite challenging at times, particularly if you have to plan transport, tours and accommodation for everyone.
The Whitsundays is the perfect aquatic destination to experience your scuba dive where sightings of giant mauri wrass, colourful clown fish and exotic coral formations are guranteed. By why not take it a step further and gain a scuba diving qualification while in Airlie Beach?
Everyone dreams of exploring the magical underwater paradise in the Whitsundays and on an overnight boat trip, you can do exactly this.
Though there is no set itinerary on any overnight trip (due to tides, weather and wind conditions), you can expect to do a number of activities while at sea.
This is a very common question which gets asked by travellers who are doing their research before booking their overnight sailing trip in the Whitsundays.
It is best to get your bearings of the town which features one main street and almost everything in walking distance.
The newest marina in the Whitsundays, Port of Airlie marina is fast becoming the hub for all mariners in one of the biggest boating destinations in Australia.
With its exhilarating reef fishing, island edge drop offs and scattered bommies, the Whitsundays is hot competition when it comes to choosing Australia’s top fishing destinations.
Greyhound coaches continue to service Airlie Beach and Whitsundays regularly, connecting with other regional towns in Queensland, whether you are travelling to the town or leaving.
The Airlie Beach Lagoon is a public facility, stretching more than 4000 square metres right on the beach front offering the perfect tropical setting for a quick dip or a leisurely day in the sun.
The Whitsundays are a world-class destination attracting visitors from all corners of the world who want to experience a Whitsundays sailing adventure. It's popularity means it is now very important to book your holiday in Airlie Beach well in advance, as well as checking availability with Sailing-Whitsundays before planning anything.
The Whitsunday Sailing Club, located in Airlie Beach, is the main yacht club in the Whitsundays. The Whitsundays is known to be a sailing mecca, attracting scores of avid yachties to the aqua playground each year, and therefore the sailing club is the perfect place to visit upon your arrival, offering plenty of benefits.
Fly, drive, coach or rail - there are numerous ways to get to the Whitsundays depending on your budget and timeframe.
The Solway Lass sails proudly as one of the most iconic vessels in the Whitsunday Islands. Over 100 years old, her long life at sea is filled with a rich history that covers much of the world and many great events.
With more and more travellers choosing to holiday in the Whitsundays, all overnight boat trips operate at capacity during the peak times of year; meaning it is now vital to book your holiday well in-advance to avoid missing out.
Known to be a playground for water lovers, Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays has a bustling marine tourism industry, operating a huge variety of day and overnight trips which attract visitors from all around the world, meaning there are plenty of job opportunities out to sea.
Weather in the Whitsundays throughout the year.
The Whitsundays is home to an exciting fleet of Maxi Yachts, offering overnight sailing trips of a lifetime. Described as the Formula 1 performers when it comes to sailing, the Whitsundays’ maxi yachts are the most popular choice of overnight boat trips for all types of travellers.
Airlie Beach, in the Whitsundays, has two domestic airports which service Jetstar, Tiger Air and Virgin Australia flights from major cities.
The variety of trips and tours available from Airlie Beach is huge, so don’t think you will be bored, nor will the kids, if you have them.
Airlie Beach attracts people from all walks of life; from budget backpackers, to the rich and famous; and has developed a wealth of great local festivals and events to reflect this.
Whitsunday Sailing Club holds twilight races on most Wednesday afternoons during the year.
â€‹The Whitsundays have become one of the world renowned holiday destinations; and with the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven beach, whale spotting, and diving on your doorstep; you won’t be surprised to find out visitors flock the world over.
Sailing Whitsundays takes pride in offering a wide range of overnight sailing trips to suit all different types of travelers and budgets. We have gathered all of our favourite budget trips that offer a fantastic Whitsundays experience, but for those travelling on a tight allowance!
Super accommodation specials, exclusively offered by Sailing Whitsundays!
The Whitsundays is one of the most popular East Coast destinations of Australia and for good reason! Having most ideal sailing conditions, a spectacular chain of tropical islands and some of the most vibrant coral reefs that the World has to offer, the Whitsunday region sets the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable holiday. Due to its popularity, we experience mass volumes of bookings all-year round! If you want your holiday to be everything you've imagined, make sure you join the early birds and book in advance to avoid disappointment...
Overwhelmed with what to do with your time in The Whitsundays and Airlie Beach? Here's a list of our must dos.
Do you dream of sailing for a living? Or escaping for a while to a tropical paradise and earning a few dollars? Perhaps you are on a year-long tour and need to build your holiday funds? There is so much work for travellers making their way around Australia and the Whitsundays - you just need to know where to look.
Phone numbers you might need during your time in The Whitsundays!
When the sunsets, where does all the action take place in Airlie Beach?
Like any hub for travellers, Airlie Beach has an overwhelming choice of dining options to cater for every craving, budget or occasion!
The Whitsunday Islands offer some of the most spectacular coral reefs in the world! It is here where 'fringing reefs' have formed, and continue to flourish with the protection of the islands. A fringing reef is one of the three types of coral reefs, growing directly from the shoreline. Explore exquisite marine life in calm conditions, dive at safe sites and experience the dramatic underwater scenery for yourself... all can come to life when you dive in the Whitsundays!
Have you always dreamed about getting married in a tropical oasis where your idyllic surroundings are as magnificent as the ceremony itself?
Every year, the Whitsundays are visited by over half a million people (both international travelers and Australians alike) and it is no surprise to those who have already experienced this natural beauty. For many, a tropical holiday in the Whitsundays is at the top of their bucket list... and for good reason!
With the plethora of ticks and associations, we try and help you see why some of the 'Tick Programs' can improve your Whitsundays holiday...
Some vessels and products are gearing up specifically to cater more for visitors from China.
Conveniently located on the edge of Airlie's waterfront, the Whitsunday Sailing Club is (by far!) one of of towns very best locations.
When planning a sailing adventure, there are many questions you should be asking yourself...
Fun facts about Australia!
Quick summary of the top ten tours in the Whitsundays
Can't seem to get all of your family together, has it just been too long since you last hung out with your friends? Why not consider an escape to The Whitsunday Islands on a privater charter? It's not as expensive as you might think!
Whitsundays weather offers sub tropical climate conditions making it the perfect sunny holiday destination...
The Great Barrier Reef is World Heritage listed and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Bigger than the Great Wall of China, it is the largest living structure visible from space. Reefs as large as this take thousands of years to develop, growing less than 2 inches a year.
The Whitsundays are hugely popular with backpackers and young travellers. But WHY is Airlie Beach such a hit?
The Heart Reef, in the Great Barrier Reef of the Whitsundays, is a beautiful display of nature - coral that has naturally formed into the shape of a heart. Located in Hardy Reef, Heart Reef is best experienced from the air by helicopter or seaplane, as visitors are unable to snorkel or visit at sea level due to it being protected under Marine Park legislation. At 14 metres in diametre, it is very much visable from the window of any of the aerial flight options.
What is the Eco Certification Program?
The ECO Certification logo is a globally recognized brand which assists travelers to choose and experience a genuine and authentic tour, attraction, cruise or accommodation that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The ECO Certification program assures travelers that certified products are backed by a strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences.
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