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How to Spend 2 Days in the Whitsundays

How to Spend 2 Days in the Whitsundays

Two full days in the Whitsundays give you enough time to soak up the majestic scenery of the islands and the Great Barrier Reef and embark on unique adventures such as crocodile spotting. Here’s how to make the most of 48 hours in one of Australia’s most alluring regions.

Day 1: Island Exploration

Spend your first day in the Whitsundays out on the water. Full-day high-speed catamaran tours typically leave from the Airlie Beach area in the early morning and take you sailing, swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing all around the Whitsundays and the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef. Lunch and tea are often included. Some tours also offer guided walks to Hill Inlet lookout on Whitehaven Beach.

You also have the option of taking an overnight sailing trip. These two-day excursions usually provide meals and resort accommodation.

Day 2: Diverse Adventures

**Morning:**Kick off your second day with a bang by going on a crocodile safari. Spot crocs on a cruise along the Proserpine River and a tractor-pulled wagon tour through the bush. Tours typically include traditional billy tea and damper and an Aussie-style barbecue lunch.

**Afternoon:**Get a different perspective on the reef and islands with a short sightseeing flight that soars over landmarks such as Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach, and Daydream Island. Or, choose a longer experience that includes landing on Whitehaven Beach or on the water at Hardy Lagoon.

**Night:**Conclude your visit to the Whitsundays with a fun Segway tour from Airlie Beach to Cannonvale. Glide along the Whitsunday Bicentennial Boardwalk, and past Pioneer Bay, Shingley Beach, and the Whitsunday Botanic Gardens. Tours sometimes conclude at a local restaurant, where you can grab dinner and toast the sunset.

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Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise to Reefworld

Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise to Reefworld

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Get close views of the spectacular coral reef and colorful sea creatures at Australia's famous Great Barrier Reef on a full-day journey to Reefworld. The innovative and spacious pontoon provides gear, instruction and expert guides for snorkeling and diving in the tropical waters. Alternatively, observe the reef up-close without getting wet when taking a semi-submersible ride, accompanied by informative commentary by reef experts. This tour gives you the chance to experience this natural wonder and is suitable for all levels of experience.
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  • 10 hours
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Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Chill and Grill

Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Chill and Grill

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Enjoy a full day to unwind at one of the most beautiful beaches in the Whitsunday Islands: postcard–perfect Whitehaven Beach. Have ample free time to swim far from the crowds, enjoy a guided hike to Solway Circuit Lookout and Chance Bay, and hike to Hill Inlet lookout for amazing views of the white sands and turquoise seas of Whitehaven Beach. Tour with your informative guide with numbers limited to 32-people and includes lunch and afternoon tea.
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Whitsunday Islands Sailing Adventure

Whitsunday Islands Sailing Adventure

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Discover the Whitsunday Islands on a sailing day trip from Port. You can swim in the turquoise water, soak up the salty sea air as you zoom across the water by high-speed catamaran and be wowed by the islands’ most famous natural sight, Whitehaven Beach. Lunch, snacks and refreshments are included throughout the day.
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  • 10 hours
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