Secluded palm-fringed beaches, hidden waterfalls and crystal-clear waters? The Whitsunday Islands are a dream holiday destination for lovers of the sun and sea. Explore the Whitsundays sparkling azure seas, cradled by the Great Barrier Reef we sail amongst and visit breathtaking islands, fringing coral reefs with incredible marine life and stunning deserted beaches. A true local adventure that will give you a great understanding of the region’s culture and history, as you explore the islands and surrounds – But don’t worry, we have tailored this itinerary so you still have enough free time to unwind and relax in your own piece of tropical paradise far away from the crowds.
Key: B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = Dinner
Welcome to Airlie Beach, the stunning gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Take your time today making your way to check in to your accommodation, before meeting your local leader and group for a short welcome meeting at 4pm in the hotel foyer. From here, your leader will take you for a stroll along the coast adjacent to Airlie Beach, where you’ll be greeted by a local member of the First Nations Ngaro family. They will welcome you to country and provide you with an overview of the Indigenous culture and history of the magnificent Whitsundays that you’re about to explore. Then head on a short orientation walk of the town, before you have the evening to yourselves. Perhaps get to know your fellow travellers over dinner, then maybe head to one of Airlie Beach’s quirky bars to chat over a drink.
Activities: Welcome tour & Airlie beach orientation, Ngaro first nation: welcome to country, culture & history of the islands. Welcome Dinner
Included Meals: There are no meals included on this day.Accommodation Hostel (1 night).
After breakfast, you’ll head out of town to explore the majestic Cedar Creek Falls, and its surrounding tropical flora and fauna. See white cedar trees, alexander palms, wild orchids, colourful butterflies and many species of birds. Your local guide will then take you on an eco-walk to the top of the falls where you can climb over the rocks and take a refreshing dip in the natural pools, a true highlight. All the while, Australia’s native wildlife will be your only companions as you soak up the stunning views. If you are lucky you’ll even spot some resident turtles. Later head back to the coast to a secluded, white sandy beach. Enjoy the ocean views and large refreshing swimming pool. Relax under the palms, take a dip in the pool and enjoy an included lunch. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy all that Airlie Beach has to offer. Perhaps head up to the Honeyeater Lookout for amazing views over Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Archipelago, or simply continue to relax by the beach at Airlie Beach Lagoon.
Today you’ll board a cruising yacht, which will be your home for the next two nights, and set sail into the tropical waters surrounding the Whitsundays. Your afternoon will be spent at sea, where you can enjoy your time on board unwinding with a good book or chatting with your travel buddies. We’ll plan our three days according to the weather and your group’s preference, with stops for snorkelling with all gear provided, and exploring the islands. Visit the stunning Whitehaven Beach, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. A short bushwalk inland will take you to the equally famous Hill Inlet Lookout for a gorgeous view of the beach below and the swirling sands of Hill Inlet. The swirling sands are created by the ever-changing tides, which leave behind a kaleidoscope of blue and white. Tonight, you’ll be treated to dinner on board as you get to know your fellow travellers. Then, perhaps retire to the deck and relax under the stars.
Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Sailing Boat (1 night)
Today will be spent all at sea, exploring more of the area. Maybe do some more snorkelling and search out the marine mammals and tropical fish living amid the colourful coral. Perhaps try your hand at sailing, by helping the crew hoist the sails and steer the boat. On our small yacht, you’ll be able to steer into more remote locations and snorkel in spots that are far away from the crowds. All meals today will be provided on the boat, so you can just kick back and relax on the deck.
Activities: Bonus hike on South Mole Island en route to home port; Airlie Beach.
Enjoy a free afternoon and evening to relax with a book by the pool and maybe explore the vibrant nightlife of Airlie Beach?
Accommodation: Sailing Boat (1 night)
Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Get ready for an unforgettable morning! Hidden away from the crowds, head to a special snorkelling spot on the secluded Langford Reef. Hop off the boat at Langford Island and take a short walk to an inspiring lookout point, where you’ll also find an old boab tree. The views here are second to none – look out across the quiet bay, the nearby islands and your boat moored in the still waters, and if you’re really lucky, you may even spot some sea turtles. Then it’s time to continue back to Airlie Beach where you’ll disembark at the marina in the afternoon. Head to your accommodation to check in and then enjoy a free afternoon. Tonight is your last night so why not regroup and head out for one last dinner in town. Be sure to check with your leader if you’d like a recommendation of the best spots to try some local seafood and maybe even a few tropical cocktails!
Your tour ends after breakfast. You’re free to leave the hostel at your own leisure (please check the check-out times). If you have the time, feel free to stay longer and enjoy everything that this beautiful region has to offer – contact us to book post-trip accommodation
Included Meals: Breakfast
Post Tour accommodation is available through Via Travel.
Must be 18+ to travel on the tour unless an approved minor (8-17 years old) is accompanied by an adult. All guests must be young in spirit & active enough to participate daily in light to medium walks, some lasting up to 2 hours.