In many ways, the Whitsundays are all about the water. And it’s no wonder! The turquoise colour, the smooth, gentle waves, the incredible marine life, the vibrant coral reefs, the spectacular diving sites…it’s clear why the Coral Sea is one of the major attractions for visitors to the region.
On your yacht charter holiday, you’ll be able to experience all of the pleasures of the tropical Whitsunday waters, from swimming to snorkelling and everything in between. But if you only explore the world under the sea, you’re missing out on some of the coolest things the Whitsundays have to offer. We suggest you spend a bit of time exploring the Whitsundays onshore, especially before or after your yacht charter getaway. What’s there to do onshore in this part of Queensland? Plenty!
Stretch Your Legs, Catch a View
The Whitsunday Islands look particularly incredible from a high vantage point. Taking a hike up a rolling hillside can be a perfect way to grab that iconic photo of the islands from above. In Conway National Park, along coastal Queensland, you can catch amazing glimpses out over these 74 islands, including a view of the Whitsunday Passage. There are an abundance of nice walking and biking trails in the park, as well as gorgeous traditional rainforest features such as flowing waterfalls. Pack a picnic and head out for some tropical bird watching. If you’re particularly ambitious, you might strap up and tackle the 30km Whitsunday Great Walk winding across the coastal landscape.
During your Whitsunday yacht charter, you can head onshore to some of the islands themselves and explore the many walking tracks available. Across South Molle Island, Whitsunday Island, and Hook Island, you can follow the trail of the aboriginal Ngaro people, walking one of many tracks of varying difficulty. Some of these take you to amazing view points or past historically and culturally significant spots. These walks comprise the Whitsundays Ngaro Sea Trail, a top attraction for the highly adventurous.
Wonderful Airlie Beach
The onshore portions of the Whitsundays aren’t just about bushwalking. Airlie Beach is a great destination all its own, with plenty on offer for visitors and locals alike. Stop here for some laidback shopping, dining, and exploration. The relaxed pace and tropical atmosphere in Airlie Beach endows the entire town with a holiday vibe. For more action, you can choose from 4WD tours, water sports, segway tours, skydiving, and horse riding.
Farmers markets await in Airlie Beach and nearby Cannonvale, where you’ll also find some secluded beaches popular with the locals. Looking for history and entertainment? You can watch movies or catch a show at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre or visit the museum in Proserpine, just 15 mins away. Also check out Bown, a 40 minute drive, where you’ll find a cinema, museum, and more spectacular beaches. Bowen is often referred to as the “Top of the Whitsundays.”
Throughout the region, you’ll discover an abundance of of attractions to suit the entire family. And while you’re discovering the Whitsundays onshore, why not indulge in a game of golf at the Proserpine Golf Club, just 25km from Airlie Beach. Need more ideas? Check out our comprehensive list of what to do in Airlie Beach.
Your Holiday, Your Itinerary
At Queensland Yacht Charters, we believe every good holiday includes the best of both worlds. A little adventure, a little relaxation. A bit of time spent on land, a bit of time spent in the water. But no matter what, it’s your holiday here in the Whitsundays. With a bareboat charter, you have complete freedom to create your ideal itinerary. Fill your days with exactly what you want to do, see, and experience. We’ll help make it happen.
Get in touch now to book your ultimate Whitsunday yacht charter getaway and have the holiday you deserve.