The Whitsundays Coast is a cosmopolitan and inviting peninsula that stretches from the central town of Airlie Beach, to secluded beaches along the coastline and inland to picturesque hinterland.
Basing your holiday on the Whitsundays coast has several distinct advantages. There is a large range of options for all budgets, from self-contained apartments to full service hotels, family focused, to adults only.
Airlie beach is the main launching pad for activities and adventures in the Whitsundays, and most accommodation houses take advantage of the beautiful views out over the Coral Sea to the Whitsundays Islands.
No matter where you stay, Airlie beach is a social and lively lace with fabulous restaurants, clubs and bars to party well into the night, and by day the main street is dotted with boutiques, day spas and beauty salons, restaurants and cafes.
Airlie Beach’s man made lagoon is a picturesque and relaxing spot to soak up some sun and cool down in the water, and the newly created Boathaven Beach is a wide, soft sandy beach to relax on. Or you can explore the natural beauty of the coast on foot through National Park walking tracks winding their way through sub-tropical rainforest and offering beautiful views of the Coral Sea and islands.
Where to Stay
When I first saw the word glamping I thought it was a typo of camping, however apparently glamping is camping with a bit of glamour and plenty of creature comforts.
Many people associate holiday park with campground that offer only the bare necessities, however, these getaways have certainly evolved and they now provide an alternative to rival many family hotels and resorts.
A family camping holiday conjures images of the kids running around wild and free, marshmallows roasting over a fire, and little ones cocooned in their sleeping bags, all snuggled together in a cosy tent. Oh yes, kids clubs no longer only reign supreme in hotels and resorts. Holiday parks – particularly in school holidays periods – will likely have a range of organised activities to take the kids off your hands.
Whether it’s a scavenger hunt, face painting , craft time, tug-o-wars, discos, running races or maybe even cooking class, your kids will think they’ve entered a holiday realm made specifically for them. Some park even have a wildlife talks and walks, adding an educational element to your stay as well.
Even if you travel in winter, or the weather on your summer getaway is overcast and water activities are off the table, holiday parks usually have a great range of indoor activities .
Jumping pillows are fast becoming a holiday park staple, and are an instant hit with kids. Sporty families are probably better catered for in a holiday park than a normal resort, with volleyball courts, tennis courts, sporting equipment and bike hire being a staple at a number of locations.
The outdoor activities doesn’t stop there. Some parks amp up their quirk factor fun options like giant chess or mini-golf courses.
If you are really not into caravan parks, there are so many other choices to choose from:
Magnificently set overlooking the majestic Whitsunday Passage, Peppers Airlie Beach offers luxury full-serviced apartment accommodation, like nowhere else on the mainland of the Whitsundays.
This beautiful property nestled high on the hills with breathtaking views. Suitable for families who wants to reduces cost and share a big apartment together, where the kids can enjoy the company of each other. Or with your in-laws visiting from overseas and wants to share their time with you and the grandkids. Point to remember though, it’s that you’ll have shuttle services at the hotel leaving at approx. every 2 hours. Good idea would be to rent a car and park it at the property.
For family oriented accommodation, excellent location check out the Mantra Boathouse apartments.
Celebrating special occasion? Honeymoon? 50th birthday? Anniversary?
Check out this AMAZING accommodation, a byword for Hamilton Island luxury, Qualia is situated on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island surrounded by all the splendor of the Great Barrier Reef. With a relaxed aspect and mesmerizing calmness, time seems to stretch forever.
It’s NOT family oriented and suite honeymooners & special celebrations. Maximum room capacity: 2 people or 4 people at the beach house.
You must book in advance, not suitable for last minute travel!
Things to do
- Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and experience on of the nature’s greatest wonders. And for those who have never snorkeled before here’s your chance. You’ll never ever forget the experience and it really is much easier than you might think. Enjoy!
- Go sailing! You’re in one of the most famous sailing destinations in the world, and it is without a doubt the most relaxing and peaceful way to experience the extraordinary natural beauty of the islands. Theirs a number of yachts offering day sails, or for the ultimate…a 3 day/2 night fully crewed charter (there’s something for every budget).
- Take the bicentennial boardwalk form the Airlie Beach Lagoon right around to the Cannovale Foreshore for a coffee at the Fat Frog Café and some of the most spectacular scenery you could hope to imagine. It’s an easy stroll that passes by Abell Point Marina and the Shingley Beach precinct.
- Visit the best beach on the world! Whitehaven Beach has to be seen to be believed. It is truly one of nature’s marvels. 6km of the finest pure white silica sand, and the crystal clear water…pristine and unspoiled.
- The area is blessed with some truly spectacular national walks… Coral Beach and Mr. Rooper at Shute Harbour and the stunning Kingsher Track, which is a small section of the Whitsunday Great Walk from Brandy Creek. These trails are well graded and relatively easy – even for a family.
- A scenic flight over the islands and outer Great Barrier Reef is one of the most remarkable experience of a lifetime…the color of the water, the beauty of the islands and the tapestry of the reef create an image that is truly unforgettable.
- Visit the Airlie Beach markets – every Saturday morning along the foreshore on the Esplanade. It’s great place to pick up fresh vegies and delicious exotic fruits as well as some great handmade crafts.
- Show your adventures side by going sea kayaking! Join the team of salty dog for an unforgettable experience on one of the fully guided tours of extended expeditions. Half day to full day tours are available.
- Why not hire a soft top jeep from Fun Rentals and go exploring some of the Whitsunday’s hidden gems! Travel to Dingo Beach which is not complete without a stop at the local pub and the Hydeaway Bay for some lunch and a stroll along the beach.
- Explore the wonders of “Pros Vegas” or otherwise known as Proserpine. There are many sighs to behold including Peter Faust Dam (great place for picnic with the family and fishing spot!). Historical Proserpine Museum, where you can learn interesting history of this sugar cane and cattle town and let’s not forget the one and only Color Me Crazy that will simply dazzle you!