16 days in Whitsundays Itinerary

16 days in Whitsundays Itinerary

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16 days in Whitsundays Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
Airlie Beach
— 9 nights
Travel:  2​h 30​min
Daydream Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Canberra

Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes One Tree Hill Sunset Cocktails. Take a break from the city and head to Hamilton Island Golf Club and Jetryder. Discover out-of-the-way places like Passage Peak and Go-Kart Racing Track. Spend the 12th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Wild life Hamilton Island, have some family-friendly fun at Sports Club, stroll through Catseye Beach, and perfect your strike at Hamilton Island Bowling Alley.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island day trip planning website .

Canberra to Hamilton Island is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Canberra in November, expect nights in Hamilton Island to be much warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Let the collections at Bowen Historical Society and Museum and Above & Below Photography Gallery capture your imagination. You'll get in some beach time at Horseshoe Bay and Airlie Beach Lagoon. When in Airlie Beach, make a side trip to see Mother Beddock Rock in Bowen, approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend the 18th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 16th (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach holiday planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. November in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Daydream Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Bowen, Proserpine
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling

Daydream Island

Daydream Island
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Daydream Island journey maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Airlie Beach to Daydream Island. In November in Daydream Island, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Daydream Island

Wildlife Parks
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