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Whitsundays Guide

Tips for First-Time Travellers to Whitsunday Coast

Experience the Great Barrier Reef from a live-aboard cruise

When you book cheap flights to Whitsunday Coast, there are several snorkelling and diving experiences to choose from. For an unforgettable experience after your flights to Whitsunday Coast, look into one of the several live-aboard options. You can stay on a sailboat for one or several nights and have the Great Barrier Reef right at your fingertips.


Spend some time exploring the mainland

Most travellers book return flights to Whitsunday Coast to experience the Great Barrier Reef and islands. However, there is plenty of beauty to experience on the mainland as well. After your flights to Whitsunday Coast, spend some time exploring the rainforests and coastline around Proserpine and Airlie Beach.


Book excursions in advance

The Whitsundays are a popular holiday destination, particularly if you visit during school holidays. Excursions for sailing, snorkelling, and diving on the Great Barrier Reef can sell out quickly. To be sure you get a spot on your top choice excursions, book early after you have your return flights to Whitsunday Coast purchased with Webjet.



Major Events and Festivals

Whitsunday Reef Festival

The Whitsunday Reef Festival is a four-day event held at the beginning of August each year. The festival features celebrations, family activities, and local food to celebrate the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays’ role as the ‘Heart of the Reef'. Book your return flights to Whitsunday Coast in early August to enjoy this popular event on the shores of Airlie Beach.


Hamilton Island Race Week

Sailing is one of the most popular activities to experience when you book an airfare to Whitsunday Coast. The Hamilton Island Race Week is held in August and is one of the largest boating events in Australia. During the festival, there are a number of events both on and off the water to enjoy when you have tickets to Whitsunday Coast.


Airlie Beach Festival of Music

Book your flights to Whitsunday Coast in November to enjoy the Airlie Beach Festival of Music. The festival began in 2012 and has quickly grown to become one of the most popular live music events in Queensland. In celebration of the 74 Whitsunday Islands, 74 bands are invited to perform during the music festival with a gorgeous coastal backdrop behind the stage. Musical acts span a range of genres, appealing to all visitors with cheap flights to Whitsunday Coast.



How Much Time to Spend in the Whitsundays

If you are hoping to experience both the islands and the mainland after your flights to Whitsunday Coast, plan to visit for about a week. Spend about four or five days on the islands themselves, taking in the beauty and relaxing atmosphere of the Great Barrier Reef. Then before heading back to Proserpine Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP) at the end of your trip, spend some time exploring the stunning national parks of the area as well. If you are looking to extend your trip after your cheap flights to Whitsunday Coast, you could also rent a car and head north to Townsville and Cairns or down the coast toward Mackay. Rental cars can be booked on Webjet at the same time as your return flights to the Whitsunday Coast.



Packing Tips

No matter what time of year you book flights to Whitsunday Coast, you can expect nice weather. Pack shorts, t-shirts, light dresses, and sandals. Swimmers are also necessary to enjoy snorkelling and diving in the Great Barrier Reef. There are some great hiking opportunities when you have airfare to Whitsunday Coast, so pack a pair of sturdy shoes as well if you plan to do some rainforest hikes or coastal walks. If you book cheap flights to Whitsunday Coast during autumn or winter, temperatures can cool down a bit at night, so you’ll also want to have a cardigan or light jacket to keep you warm.

Whether you visit in summer or winter, there will be strong sun. Pack waterproof sunscreen that you can use during your time in the Whitsundays. A hat and a pair of sunglasses are also recommended in order to protect yourself from the tropical Queensland sun.