The Whitsundays are a collection of glorious tropical islands, surrounded by azure waters, blue skies and stunning coral reefs. For Whitsunday backpackers it is a haven for fun, sun and entertainment! Being so ideally placed between Cairns and the Gold Coast, two of the most visited places in Australia, backpackers are drawn to the Whitsundays like bee’s are to honey so they can relax and soak up some rays, dive, snorkel, sail and see what whitsunday islands living is all about.
backpacker accommodation You can choose from low cost hotel style accommodation or perhaps you would like to bunk down with a group of friends in a dorm style room…. the choice is yours!! While staying in the Whitsundays accommodation you will have at your fingertips an array of excellent attractions and activities that you can take part in, such as sailing, fishing, play some tennis, snorkelling, diving, cruising, hiking, swimming, parasailing, jet skiing, waterskiing, and just simply sit by the pool at Beaches Backpackers with a cocktail in one hand and a good book in the other. Whatever you want to do it is all in your hands. It is not hard to see how people can completely immerse themselves in everything that is the Whitsundays; the golden sandy beaches, white silicone sand, blue skies and crystal blue waters…. what more could you ask for out of a holiday!
Wanting to leave the island for the day…. there are plenty of great day trips that can take you to see Reefworld, travel to the outer reef for some fishing or some diving, do a sailing trip and discover Whitehaven Beach or another island perhaps or you could even book a couple of nights on a bareboat yacht charter…. now there is the perfect way to discover the delights and hidden secretes of the Whitsundays! But the fun just doesn’t stop there…. at the end of the day you can always be guaranteed to find some great restaurants and entertainment to carry you on through the night.
There are several trains that run up the coast from Brisbane, and down from Cairns. They stop at Proserpine, and every rail service is met Whitsunday Transit. The rail services include the Tilt Train, the Spirit of the Tropics and the Sunlander (you can even take your car on the train!) The Whitsundays are about 1,100 kilometres north of Brisbane and about 700 kilometres south of Cairns. Shute Harbour is 11 kilometres from Airlie Beach and is the gateway for ferry services to island resorts and the Great Barrier Reef. On the other side of Airlie Beach, only one kilometre away, is Able Point Marina, which is the gateway to many Whitsundays sailing charter vessels that visit the islands and the reef.
Almost without exception, if you are getting on a vessel in the Whitsundays, you will board at either Able Point Marina, or at Shute Harbour. There is a regular bus service, taxis, shuttles and limousines that all operate in the Airlie Beach and Shute H-arbour areas. You can fly into the Whitsunday Coast Airport (26 kilometres west) and transfer by Whitsunday Transit coach to your mainland accommodation or to Shute Harbour to travel across to your island destination. Alternatively, you can fly into Hamilton Island airport and transfer to your island or mainland destination by Fantasea Ferries. A smaller airport at Shute Harbour provides light aircraft connections from the mainland to the islands daily.