Ask anyone where they want to visit in Australia and The Whitsundays, Fraser Island and Great Barrier Reef are always right up the top, and for good reason. To celebrate our East Coast Summer Sale we thought we'd give you a heads up on the best of The Whitsundays. Get ready to start dreaming.
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Believe the hype, the Great Barrier Reef is really all it’s cracked up to be. Featuring over 2,300 individual reefs and an insane amount of coral and marine life there’s a reason that tourists and Australians alike flock to this one of a kind location every year. This natural wonder is best explored hands on. Don’t be shy; jump on a boat, head out and either go for a snorkel or scuba. Swim around this amazing place and keep your fingers crossed for sightings of exotic fish, turtles, vibrant coral and maybe you’ll even find Nemo.
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Hill Inlet is a star of the Whitsundays. Located on the northern end of Whitehaven Beach (you should definitely go there too) the inlet stretches 7kms, and is crazy beautiful with turquoise water, golden sand and tanned, bikini clad tourists. What more could you ask for? Maybe some stunning ocean views? It’s got that too. Make sure to head all the way up to the lookout for some of the best sights in the Whitsundays. So why not grab some beers and some friends and settle yourself in for one lazy day in paradise.
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If you’re backpacking on a budget usually the luxuries are a no-go. But every now and then there’s something that’s just too good to pass up, even if it’ll cost you a pretty penny. Though it might set you back just a smidge more than you average goon sack, we think a scenic flight over the Whitsundays is more than a good enough reason to splurge and treat yourself. If you’ve already seen the reef from the ground and think it’s not worth spending the simoleons, the views from above will surely change your mind. Trust us, you won’t regret it.
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Anyone who has ever visited will agree that Airlie Beach holds a special place in your heart. With some of the best coastal nightlife out. With some quality bars and clubs filled with locals and tourists alike it holds a special place in our heads in the form of a hangover from hell. We swear the fun you’ll have is worth the pain in the morning. The local favourites are BOOM Nightclub which put out the tunes until 3am night after night, and Mama Africa the faux-safari themed nightclub that were sure is named after Akon’s Mama Africa (even if it’s probably not); The Airlie Nightlife will have you swearing you’ll never drink again and then coming back for more. Repeatedly. And if you can’t handle the hangover in the morning, head over to the Fat Frog Beach Cafe, with some of the best breakfast in the area, they’ll be sure to sort you out.
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Picture this: Golden sands, blue waters, long summer nights, cheap booze and fresh seafood. Still wondering why you’re not there yet? So are we. The Whitsundays are home to some of Australia’s best seafood so kick-back and make the most of it. If you’re wondering where to go with so many options, we recommend checking out the Fish D’Vine and the Rum Bar, just off the water in Airlie Beach. The place is a local favourite and serves up some of the best seafood in the area.
The Whitsundays are a must-see for anyone travelling to Australia. It’s a tropical paradise to end all tropical paradises. With the one-of-a-kind world famous Great Barrier Reef, some of the best beaches in Australia and some top notch beach towns to match, you’d be crazy to miss out on such an amazing place.