No-beach wins for the Whitsundays

Published July 23rd, 2015

The lure of postcard perfect beaches, white squeaky sand and warm turquoise waters is so strong it’s easy to waste away your days at the beach when holidaying at the Whitsundays. If you are heading to this special part of Queensland and fancy a day off from beach bumming around, if only just to clear the sand out of your pants, be inspired by our top five ideas for no-beach days in the Whitsundays…

1. Have a whale of a time

Whether you speak whale like Dori or not, this is where you come to marvel at one of the world’s most majestic creatures - the Humpback Whale. Spot them on their annual pilgrimage north for winter between June and September as they stop to give birth to their calves in the warm, protected waters of the Whitsunday Islands. Keep an eye out for Migaloo, Australia’s most famous whale (yes, he has his own website) - his rare, white exterior is a good giveaway you’ve found him.

How: Book a day trip or boat tour with one of our trusted providers. Do a day/half-day tour with Infinity and Livn Holidays.

2. Take to the skies

Propel yourself into the air with water powered jet packs a la James Bond; parasail or skydive your way to a panoramic, bird’s eye view of the tropical paradise beneath you; or grab a seaplane to scan the horizon and enjoy sites like the naturally shaped and aptly named Heart Reef, for a truly exhilarating Great Barrier Reef adventure.

How: Do a day/half-day tour with Infinity and Livn Holidays or ask if Student Flights can include in one of our holiday packages.

3. Find Nemo

Baby it’s wetter down where it’s wetter. Yes, Sebastian from The Little Mermaid was right – under the sea is an amazing place to be, especially when you’re in the centre of the world’s largest living structure, so big it is visible from outer space. The Great Barrier Reef is home to tens of thousands of colourful fish, coral, whales, dolphins and turtles. Explore the world’s seventh wonder scuba diving. For the more risk adverse, or those with ear infections, glass bottom boats, platoon viewing stations and, of course, snorkeling serve you well.

How: Book a dive package through Student Flights who use experienced local companies who cater for every skill level from novice to dive master. Or book a day/half-day island hopper/reef explorer tour.

4. Cast your line

There’s nothing quite a satisfying as catching your own dinner and this fisherman’s paradise (outside of protected zones, of course) really has it all for the travelling hunter. Away from land, the waters are teaming with pelagic and reef fish - tuna, cod, mackerel, marlin, bass, bream, snapper, kingfish - the list is endless!

How: Go sailing with Top Deck or Contiki or book a half-day/day fishing experience with Student Flights.

5. Step back in time

Follow in the footsteps of the original inhabitants, the Ngaro people, along the cultural and hiking trails of the region’s many national parks. Flora and fauna is rife, like at Conway National Park near Airlie Beach, and the natural swimming gorge at Cedar Creek Falls near Proserpine will cool you down after your hike. Alternatively, many of the islands boast national park areas, such as Brampton, Magnetic and Hook Islands, home to millennia-old rock art.

How: Enjoy as part of a larger or half-day/day tour with Infinity and Livn Holidays or stay right there with one of our accommodation packages.

For more ideas, check out our Discover Queensland holiday deals and get in quick before the offer end on July 31.

Jolee Wakefield

A seasoned backpacker and travel writer, Jolee has spent the past decade wandering the globe in pursuit of good vibes, unusual conversations and unforgettable adventures like cave diving in Mexico, mountain climbing in Borneo and learning (failing at) local dances in the Pacific nation of Kiribati.