We always tell guests that the Whitsundays has boundless possibilities of on-water and shore based activities. As locals we have some hidden gem secrets to share with you. Here are our top 8 places to visit in the Whitsundays:
- Cape Gloucester Eco Resort, Hideaway Bay – with quaint beachfront cabins, a great bistro, a pool and absolute beach front access, Cape Gloucester Resort is a must do for all visitors. Hire a car and take the drive out from Airlie Beach – approx. 40 minutes or cruise up there in your own yacht. With live music from 2pm every Saturday and Sunday, this is a stunning place to relax and enjoy a delicious tropical lunch.
- Coral Beach, Shute Harbour – for those who like to bush walk, we highly recommend visiting Coral Beach at Shute Harbour. The entrance to the track is at the back of the small car park on Whitsunday Drive. A leisurely 45-minute walk through the rainforest with stunning water views you will reach coral beach. Take a picnic, have a swim or if you are feeling energetic carry on the walk to the lookout on the point and watch the yachts sail in and out of Shute Harbour.
- Northerlies Bar & Grill – this new addition to the food scene in Airlie Beach is located in Woodwark. Take a 15 minutes taxi ride from the town centre or call their courtesy bus to see if they will collect from your accommodation. Gorgeous nautical themed bar design, great grill style food and all with the waves lapping on the shore. Giant jenga, chess and volley ball for the kids, range of boutique wines and beers for Mum and Dad – a winning combination on any holiday!
- Palm Bay, Long Island – if you are looking for an island resort experience with a difference, Palm Bay certainly fits the bill. Daily transfers available from Shute Harbour, this self-contained resort has all the mod-cons and a bucket load of character. With a bar and wood-fired pizzas available suits those who like the simple things in life. The stunning pool and secluded beach make Palm Bay a real jewel in the Whitsunday crown.
- The Garden Bar at Hemingway’s – the newly launched Garden Bar at Hemingway’s is the place to be for sundowners overlooking the marina. Open from 4pm, The Garden Bar has incredible views of sparkling yachts, great cocktails and a relaxed vibe. For those who get a little peckish pre-dinner chose from one of the delicious light bites on the bar menu. If you are all relaxed and still hungry, why not book into the restaurant for dinner and enjoy a chef hatted meal on the waterfront.
- Bowen – Bowen is officially the mango capital of Queensland and if you visit during the summer months, you must try the local mango sorbet or ice cream from the visitor centre on the way into town. Flagstaff Hill provides incredible views back over Bowen and the Interpretive Centre at the peak is being redeveloped into a café and education centre. Walk the esplanade overlooking the jetty which features in the historical epic Nicole Kidman movie ‘Australia’. Visit the Grand View Hotel or La Sorelle Coffee House for lunch and finish the day with a swim at Rose Bay.
- Dent Island Golf Course – take the ferry to Hamilton island and transfer to Dent island to enjoy a round of 9 or 18 holes at this PGA approved golf course with arguably the best views in the Whitsundays. For those who don’t like golf, book in for the lunch and buggy tour package and enjoy a few drinks and some delicious food as you look back over the azure waters to Hamilton Island Resort.
- Colour Me Crazy – now there is shopping and then shopping at Colour Me Crazy! No holiday to the Whitsundays is complete without a visit to the jewel and pressie palace of Proserpine. Colour Me Crazy is a feast for the eyes – jewellery, homewares, shoes, bags, cloths, hats and the coolest and quirkiest gift ideas in the Whitsundays.
So that is our pick for 8 incredible Whitsunday experiences, let us know what yours are!
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