8 days in Whitsundays & Mackay Itinerary

8 days in Whitsundays & Mackay Itinerary

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8 days in Whitsundays & Mackay Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h
1
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mackay
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Spend the 16th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach, make a trip to Passage Peak, and tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island trip planning tool .

Sydney to Hamilton Island is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In November, Hamilton Island is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

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 19th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 21st (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach online tour planner .

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. November in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Mackay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): cool off at Bluewater Lagoon, cruise along Mango Avenue, and then make a splash at Mackay Aqua Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Pioneer River and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bluewater Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Mackay online holiday planner .

You can drive from Airlie Beach to Mackay in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Mackay can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackay

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks
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Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon
Pioneer River ©
Pioneer River

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