6 days in Whitsunday Islands & Airlie Beach Itinerary

6 days in Whitsunday Islands & Airlie Beach Itinerary

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6 days in Whitsunday Islands & Airlie Beach Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  45​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and then get outside with Jetryder.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Hamilton Island tour planner.

Melbourne to Hamilton Island is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in March since evenings lows in Hamilton Island dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach

3
nights
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.
Spend the 20th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 22nd (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. And it doesn't end there: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, and stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach online trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Whitsunday Island, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In March in Whitsunday Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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