The attractions of the Whitsundays are countless and extensive; the cliché ‘something for everyone’ may be an old one, but it fits. It’s an outdoors kind of place, water and sub-tropical rainforest, relaxing and active. There are family oriented pursuits, stuff for couples and single travelers, but many of the Whitsunday ‘must do’s’ apply to everyone, whatever their age or party size.
From clean but basic backpacker hostels to one of the very best six star resorts in the world, the Whitsundays has it all. There’s accommodation on the mainland and accommodation on the islands; there’s even accommodation at sea if you can’t bear to be out or away from the water for long.
The Whitsundays is not a place where you’re going to shop till you drop, most visitors come here to relax or have fun outdoors; shopping is a necessity not an all-day event. What Whitsundays shopping is all about is unique souvenirs, typical Aussie clothing and essentials that you cannot be without.
You’ll never go hungry in the Whitsundays. Not only are there loads of restaurants and fast food joints, but the portions are Aussie style - big. Airlie Beach has the biggest pickings, but the resort hotels and islands also have a good selection of restaurants. Being surrounded by the ocean, fish is fresh and tasty, but if you hate dipping your toes in the water let alone eating fish, meat and veggie dishes are just as abundant.
Day or night, Airlie Beach is the hottest and the coolest place to hang out in the Whitsundays. Enjoy its bars and restaurants, clubs and activities, because this place is all about choice. Whether you’re a backpacking student or a billionaire with your own yacht, Airlie Beach can oblige. Fill your days with endless water or land based activities, and after dark when the resort really comes alive, dance until the sun comes up.
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