Travel the Whitsundays on a budget
From viewing the holiday brochure and postcards from your friends that have visited the Whitsunday Islands, most people think the beautiful Whitsundays is going to be too expensive, and probably out of their price range.
But to sail the Whitsunday islands, party in a tropical location, or just relax on the perfect white sandy beaches of the Whitsundays is possible, and can in fact be much cheaper than you think!
Whether or not you are traveling with a group of mates, or just by yourself, you literally don’t have to spend your last dime to discover why the Whitsunday Islands definitively is a place of wonder and why so many people adventure from all over the world to visit this spectacular part of Australia.
The perfect affordable ‘below $100 a day’ vacation of the 74 Whitsunday Islands, and beautiful Airlie Beach is inside your reach, if you know the secrets to travelling the Whitsundays on a budget.
Diving the Whitsundays on a budget
The Great Barrier Reef and the crystal blue oceans of the Whitsundays is the actual reason you come to the Whitsundays, right? Well, experiencing the Whitsundays from under water is a must for any visitor, and you can do it for around $85 per person which includes a two island cruise of the Whitsundays and a snorkel in some of the best places you’ll ever swim.
Cruising the Whitsundays on a budget
Imagine if you could charter your own yacht through the Whitsunday Islands, and then just imagine that you can do it for way under $100! Seems hard to ponder, well it’s not.
Bareboats are the best way to get out and see the Whitsundays and visit places almost all tourist don’t see. Now, if you start down the main street of Airlie Beach to Magnums or other spots that the backpackers spend time and suggest splitting the cost of the boat, you’ll swiftly find a group of eager new friends to share the costs, and your venture will end up costing you possibly $70 at the most for one of the most scenic adventures of a life.
OK, so like any tropical destination, the Whitsundays can be a little expensive for holiday accomodations, but if you are prepared to sacrifice the luxury of air conditioning, perhaps your privacy and a few other challenges you can in fact find share accommodation in Airlie Beach for under $20 a night. Or if you really prefer your personal room and ensuite bathroom, than the YHA offers rooms for under $90 a night.
Whitsundays dining on a budget
While the Whitsundays may have plenty of world-class restaurants on hand, you can journey down to the Airlie Beach Hotel or one of the other local spots in town and find for $100 you’ll eat for a week, and the meals are fantastic! They also taste even much better with an icy cold beer overlooking the beautiful Airlie beach.
Island Hopping on a budget
If you want to see a little more of the Whitsundays, you can hook a ride on one of the island transfer boats to and from the Airlie Beach mainland out to a number of tourist resort islands in the Whitsundays, stop in for a some hours and have a look around the islands, and then head back on the next boat the same day. It’s a handy way to see the Islands without actually having to pay the big dollars to stay there.
Author: Chris Bourke
Chris is a regular visitor to the Whitsunday Islands, and owner of Australian Holiday Resorts and the WhitsundayApartments.com.au website.
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