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Shuttle buses in the Whitsundays

Moving around the mainland is a breeze with Whitsunday Transit, the area's public bus system. With over seventy daily services, you'll never feel stranded and tickets are reasonable. Hamilton Island offers a free public bus service, shuttling passengers along three routes from 7am to 11pm between the different resorts. A round trip takes just half an hour, showing you the size of this island paradise.

Island ferries and boat hire in the Whitsundays

Island hopping by boat is an absolute must in this area. Cruise Whitsundays runs an extensive network of ferry transfers, connecting islands from Hamilton to Daydream. If you're confident, skipper your own yacht and cruise the islands at your own pace, with a fully stocked cupboard of snorkeling gear and cooking equipment available if you're staying onboard for longer.

Buggy hire in the Whitsundays

Hamilton Island's iconic electric golf buggies are popular to rent, simple to operate and great fun to drive. And it's the most convenient private transport option, as cars aren't allowed on the island. They seat two to four passengers and can be hired for a few hours or for the day. Prices start from around $45 for an hour.

Plane charter in the Whitsundays

The breathtaking aerial views from seaplane or helicopter are nothing short of amazing. Island hopping by air is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and not as complicated or pricey as you might expect. Whitsunday Island Air Taxis service the entire island area and can meet any national flight. Your hotel should have all the details and be able to arrange air transfers for you.

Great Barrier Reef scenic flight

Glide over remarkable turquoise seas, marveling at bright coral formations in neon blue waters. On your air safari, try spotting turtles and manta rays before sweeping down onto the water's surface. This experience is one for the bucket list and you can't appreciate the reef's extraordinary scale until you've seen it by air. Flights leave from Terminal 1, Whitsunday Airport.

See the Reef up close

With hundreds of islands, species and an astonishing assortment of corals, it's no wonder this is one of the world's most exquisite destinations. Board a high-speed catamaran to Hardy Reef and explore this natural wonder up close. Enjoy open water views on top or marvel at the marine life in the glass-walled deck below. Reefworld departs from Hamilton Island and Shute Harbour daily.

Escape to Daydream Island

Daydream Island is a tropical paradise in the heart of the Whitsundays. This blissful resort is designed for pampering with swimming pools and spa facilities. Dive into watersports, scuba and a round of tennis. For kids, there's marine and forest life to explore, with shark feeding and guided walks. Tours leaves from Abel Point Marina and include lunch at your choice of restaurant.

Sail to Whitehaven Beach

Board a Camira yacht and sail to glorious Whitehaven Beach. With your mind on the stunning views, you may not notice you're on one of the world's fastest catamarans! En route, swim, snorkel or kick back on the deck. You'll be treated to a barbecue lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Prices start from $175 with boats departing from the main ferry terminals daily.

DAY 1: Beginning

Take a scenic morning flight from Terminal 1, Whitsunday Airport to Whitehaven, the region’s most famous beach. See paradise from above, soaring over a network of 74 islands, colourful corals and swirling blue-green waters beneath. Land on Whitehaven and spend the rest of your morning soaking up the sun on velvety white sands, snorkeling in crystal clear waters and exploring this spectacular national treasure. That afternoon, charter your own boat packed with barbecue equipment and cold drinks. Sail to Cid Harbour where the sunsets are extraordinary.

DAY 3: Exploring

Spend the day exploring the Great Barrier Reef up close, with a trip to magical Knuckle Reef pontoon onboard ‘Seaflight’. Explore the pristine reefs with snorkeling or scuba equipment, with guided tours given by professional marine biologists. The pontoon features one of the region’s largest underwater viewing chambers and a giant waterslide for kids. Departing at 8am daily from Abel Point Marina, the whole journey will take 10 hours and includes a buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

DAY 2: Sailing

Sail to the Whitsunday Islands National Park and explore the exquisite rainforest surroundings with a two-hour return climb up Whitsunday Peak. The panoramic views at the top are breathtaking and make the hike truly worthwhile! Next, sail to neighbouring Hook Island for a swim and a feast at picturesque Luncheon Bay. Afterwards, make your way to Butterfly Bay and spend the rest of the afternoon swimming with the local turtle population. A unique and heartwarming experience.

DAY 4: Relaxing

Enjoy your last day in total relaxation on Daydream Island. There are plenty of activities requiring different energy levels and are suitable for all tastes and ages. Indulge in some day spa pampering before heading to the pool area for some quiet time. Or take to the tennis courts for a few rounds before cooling off with some snorkeling in the tropical island seas. Children will love the guided walks through the lush rainforests learning about the huge variety of local insects. This island is absolute bliss and a perfect way to end your Whitsundays trip.


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