Whitsundays Basic Information
While most of the 74 Whitsunday Islands are deserted (hello ‘Gilligan’s Island’!), eight of the islands offer resort-style accommodation and you can camp on all locations. For more need-to-know info before you go, see below.
Australian residents can explore the Whitsundays and the country with no limitations! For most international travellers however, a normal holiday visa (eVisitor) permits three months’ travel within Australia over a 12-month period. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, please contact your local Australian embassy or consulate.
The currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and other currencies can change constantly so it's always good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For overseas visitors, consider using a credit or debit card or a travel cash card for safe spending while you are in Australia.
Freshly caught seafood is the order of the day in the Whitsundays as well as the raft of local produce on offer. Dining options on the islands range from 5-star fare to masterclass cooking lessons and resort-style buffet meals – all with amazing views. Hamilton Island has a variety of restaurants serving everything from modern Australian dishes to Italian and French cuisine. On the coast, Airlie Beach offers the widest range of eateries with the main dining hub located on the Esplanade overlooking the beach and Pioneer Bay. If laidback pub and café meals are more your style, head to Proserpine.
The main after-hours scene on the Whitsundays can be found on the coast at Airlie Beach where backpackers come to party and wine (or rum) bars attached to restaurants serve the sophisticates. Airlie Beach is renowned for its effusive party atmosphere - check out Beaches Bar & Bistro for live bands and the beer garden; The Juice Bar & Nightclub for chilled out tunes, tropical cocktails and club classics, and local fave Mama Africa where the action kicks on after the main street clubs close at midnight. The island resort bars and clubs also offer a mix of live music and DJ tunes.