Play and Stay in the Whitsundays


The siren call of the Whitsundays will have you hitting the ocean before you know it and if you want to experience it in high thrill mode, you must check out Thundercat.

This 2021 Gold Australian Tourism Award winner offers a high-speed cruise through the islands of the Whitsundays and includes some epic activities and a fully catered lunch!

One of the highlights is the gentle bushwalk up to Tongue Point and Hill Inlet Lookout. It overlooks Whitehaven Beach and its beautiful contrast of white sand and turquoise ocean hues.

It’s definitely a fast paced way to take in all the islands of the Whitsundays, but if you’re after a more sedate option, Tongara is another option.

“That’s the chill out,” said Skipper Asher. “Instead of doing 25 knots you’re doing 6 knots.”

“Cruising on a catamaran and lazing on the deck, enjoying the sun and we go to Langford sandbar which is just off Hayman Island, an absolutely gorgeous spot with turtles going up and down all day, great coral nearby and we’ve got a banana boat for the kids and the big kids to enjoy.”



As holiday spots go, The Whitsundays is pretty hard to beat, whether you’re chasing great value or a little bit of glamour!

Let’s start with the luxury – delivered with lashings of laid-back style at Mirage Whitsundays.

Whether it’s a waterfront villa or a four-bedroom penthouse with a private pool, you’ll have a front row seat to the sunset either way.

From sunset to sunrise, you can start the day in a delicious way at the very fancy all you can eat buffet.

Afterwards, claim a cabana or dive in and make the most of the horizon pool.

If you’re in need of some R and R, there’s Mirage’s Satori Day Spa – you won’t be in a hurry to leave with a plenthora of pampering treatments on offer.

If you prefer a more casual “live in your shorts” kind of holiday, Discovery Parks Airlie Beach is a family friendly village of cabins and caravan sites set in tropical greenery.

There’s a very well kitted out camp kitchen, a top spot to meet fellow travellers like Gold Coasters Mark and Camill who were touring Queensland when this spot stole their hearts.

“We both love the water, fell in love with the place, and we keep coming back to Airlie Beach,” beamed Mark. “We’ve been here a couple of months now and loving it!”

Activities aren’t in short supply with a fab pool and fun waterpark. There’s a games room and a playground, plus daily bird feeding.

Speaking of furry friends, if you’re hoping to take your four-legged friend along, this spot has you covered as it’s pet friendly.

No matter which way you slice it, The Whitsundays is an outstanding holiday destination so start planning your trip today.

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