The hardest part about seeing all the Whitsundays has to offer is convincing yourself to leave one paradise for another. As difficult as it can be to tear yourself away from your poolside cocktail, there are some things you really should experience on your next visit to the Whitsundays. With so many scenic places to visit, Airlie Beach gives you the perfect central location to base yourself with lots to do within an hours drive. With many tour options available you’ll be spoilt for choice.
If you love the ocean as much as I do then you don’t have to go far to find the perfect activity for you. You could get your rush for the day with adrenaline-packed tours including jet-skiing or jet boating around the islands if that’s your thing. If you’re looking for a more relaxed vibe, a nice cruise out to The Great Barrier Reef and a bit of snorkelling might be your ideal choice. There’s plenty of fishing options departing from Airlie Beach or you can always finish the day with a relaxing sunset cruise taking in the magical views. No trip to the Whitsundays would be complete though if you didn’t experience the islands and in particular, Whitehaven Beach. With its soft white silica sand and iconic view over Hill Inlet, most would agree it’s a view not to be missed. Recognised as one of the nicest beaches in the world, Whitehaven Beach is the perfect place to swim, picnic and take in the views of the paradise.
If you want to discover more of the local beaches without a boat, Dingo Beach and Hydeaway Bay are 2 of the most relaxing places to visit on the Whitsundays’ mainland. Located just 45 minutes north of Airlie Beach, the drive itself makes the trip worthwhile. It’s a great place to find a private little beach for the day and have some lunch and it’s not uncommon to have the beach to yourself with no one else around. Quite often protected from the regular south-east breeze the water is usually crystal clear and you can often see turtles, fish and dolphins from the shore. Head a little further north again and you’ll find yourself in the little town of Bowen. Also known for its amazing protected bays and beaches, it’s a great place to throw on a snorkel, kayak or try your hand at Stand-Up Paddleboarding.
While you could be forgiven for thinking the Whitsundays is all about the ocean. There are lots of amazing opportunities to experience the diversity of the region and what’s more, it’s only a short trip from town. Why not take a tour and see some real-life dinosaurs in nature with Whitsunday Crocodile tours or go to Bretyl’s Wild Farm in Bloomsbury. If you have your own boat you can launch at the Proserpine River boat ramp and try to catch the iconic Barramundi or drop some pots for a feed of mud crabs. Just a short drive from the Proserpine River is Cedar Creek Falls which is very impressive after heavy rains and a great place to cool off with a swim during the warmer months.
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