Planning a week here in the fabulous Whitsundays? Here are our staff tips on the best ways to enjoy your time – action packed or more relaxing; there is something here for everyone.
Weekly events that can slot into your travel plans
- During July and August, make sure you stop by the weekly BBQ here at Island Gateway – all proceeds go to support the brilliant local charity ‘Sailability’. BYO drinks and camp chair
Day One – Monday
- On arrival, pick up your ’90 Mile Coffee’ loyalty card on check-in and get your 7th drink free! Hayley is located in the park 5 days per week with great coffee, smoothies and more.
- Enjoy a 2.5 hour boat trip around the Whitsunday Islands and Hamilton Island Marina. Tea/coffee and biscuits included; runs morning and afternoon
- Walk into Airlie Beach and walk along the foreshore, then enjoy the daily line-up of live acoustic music at KC’s Bar and Grill in the centre of Airlie
Day Two – Tuesday
- If you have your own boat – head up to the Proserpine River and look for crocs, then get it wet in the Peter Faust Dam near Proserpine for barra fishing (check out the tips here!)
- If you don’t have your own boat, drive out to Dingo Beach (approx. 45 mins each way) for a swim/walk by the beach. Lunch and a coldie at the Dingo Beach Pub or drive out to Cape Gloucester (approx. an extra 15 minute drive from Dingo Beach) for a swim and enjoy the sensational beaches! Snack/lunch at Cape Gloucester Eco-Resort
- Come back and feed the rainbow lorikeets here at Island Gateway at 4pm, pop over the road to the Jubilee Tavern Bottle-O, grab something to drink then back to your site in time for Happy Hour and a chillout watching the whistling ducks and bush-stone curlews
Day Three – Wednesday
- Go fishing from the rocks at the Abel Point Marina, then enjoy a short bushwalk at Shute Harbor (down to Coral Bay and the Beak, around a 2.2km easy return)
- On the way back, drop in at Denmans Cellars at Port of Airlie Marina and choose from their selection of 300 beers and ciders (parking must be paid there, but it’s an easy 15 minute walk from Island Gateway)
- On the way back, head over to the Bowls Club for their weekly roast buffet dinner – great value!
Day Four – Thursday
- Stop by 90 Mile Coffee and grab a drink from Hayley – coffee, teas, smoothies and more!
- Full day Derwent Hunter tall ship sailing trip, with 2 snorkelling stops and a marine biologist on board – a fantastic eco-adventure! Lunch and transfers included
- Enjoy Fish and Chips every Thursday night from ‘Fair Dinkem Fish and Chip Van’, at the front of Reception from 4.30-7.30pm
Day Five – Friday
- Do a ½ day kayak trip around Shute Harbor, or hire the kayaks to enjoy a paddle around the bay and islands at your own leisure
- While at Shute, drive up to Lions Lookout at Shute Harbor – take a picnic lunch and enjoy it at the picnic tables while enjoying the amazing views across Shute Harbor and the islands
- In the evening, enjoy Barefoot Bowls, a BBQ and a cold one on a Friday night at the Bowls Club 400m down the road. $15 per person
Day 6 – Saturday
- Check out the local markets, every Saturday near the Airlie Beach foreshore for great local fruit and veg plus craft items, souvenirs, food and drink
- Take in the fabulous view and all day breakfast at the Rainbow Bakery at Shingley Beach. Feeling adventurous? Wander down to the beach below the café, and hire a kayak or stand-up paddle board. Walk from Shingley Beach down the boardwalk to Cannonvale Beach through the Botanic Garden paths
- If your shopping itch hasn’t been scratched at the markets, don’t miss a trip to Proserpine’s ‘Color Me Crazy’ – an eclectic, colourful series of rooms filled with clothing, homewares, jewellry, novelties, outdoor items and so much more
- Pick up a 10% off meal voucher for the Jubilee Tavern across the road and enjoy lunch or dinner. Pick up some drinks from their award-winning Bottle-O on the way home
Day 7 – Sunday
- In the morning, drive out to Cedar Creek falls (around 30 minutes) for a dip before it gets too hot, then on to Conway Beach (another 15 minutes drive) for a walk by the beach (perhaps no swimming – the Proserpine River comes out nearby and it is home to lots of crocs). Lunch at Georges 50’s style diner at Conway Beach – enjoy burgers, shakes or a beer
- For the very best finish to your week, grab the free courtesy bus from the Lagoon carpark (or drive the 8km) out to Northerlies – gorgeous views, a range of food including fine dining and bar food with incredible seafood platters, beach volleyball, sofas by the water, regular live music and so much more. Reflect on your wonderful week in the Whitsundays and resolve to come back next year!
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- Drive up to Bowen and enjoy beautiful Horseshoe Bay, then drive to the marina for excellent Fish and Chips at Birds, right where the trawlers deliver amazing fresh fish! Drive up to the top of Flagstaff Hill and enjoy amazing views. Walk out on the jetty and enjoy a drink and meal at the Grandview Pub before heading home
- Practice your swing at the Driving Range near Whitsunday Plaza
- Hire bicycles from us and bike the boardwalk from Island Gateway to Cannonvale Beach – 4.6km each way! Go via Port of Airlie Marina and grab a coffee or bite to eat at the Coffee Club, continue through the Airlie Beach foreshore then onto the Boardwalk, past Abel Point Marina (with more café’s and restaurants); Shingley Beach (Rainbow Bakery Café with fabulous views) through the Botanic Gardens to Cannonvale Beach. Grab lunch at the excellent Fat Frog Café at Cannonvale Beach.
Finally, before you leave, grab a ‘3NQ Parks’ voucher on departure to get 15% off in our sister parks at Rollingstone and South Mission Beach