8 days in Whitsundays Itinerary

8 days in Whitsundays Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Whitsundays trip planner
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Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
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Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
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Hamilton Island — 3 nights

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for wildlife, adventure, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Passage Peak, play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club, and take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island day trip planning site.

Sydney to Hamilton Island is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hamilton Island, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 4 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Change things up with these side-trips from Airlie Beach: Bowen (Mother Beddock Rock, Flagstaff Hill Lookout, &more). Spend the 28th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, go for a stroll along the water at Coral Sea Marina, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach itinerary builder tool.

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. December in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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