Whitsundays on a reasonable budget......
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 3, 2012 11:02 PM Last Post By: wazoozaw
Jun 13, 2012 11:51 AM
Whitsundays on a reasonable budget......My girlfriend and I are traveling up the east coast during July and August.
Really want to spend some time on the Whitsundays. Not on a small budget but not huge either (at most about $100 per night).
Camping isn't really an option as we wont have the gear and have already paid for accommodation on most of the rest of the trip..
Anyone recommend any places we could stay or advice on how to see the islands on a reasonable budget???
Any advice at all would be welcome, thanks, Dave
Jun 13, 2012 12:19 PM
1$100 a night will get you a private room at any of the backpacker hostels like, Magnums, Beaches, Koala Resort and YHA, all right in the heart of Airlie or, theres many other options in the nearby suburbs of Cannonvale and Jubilee Pocket.
You could rent a bungalow at one of the caravan parks or if a cheapish resort is more your style then Club Croc is a good bet.
As far as tours to the reef and other stuff : wait until you get there for the best deals. All the travel agents and booking agents will have blackboard special/s for boats leaving within a few days and are desperate to fill seats. 10 to 40% savings are achievable.
There's many different types of tours available from one day snorkel tours out to the reef on a fast catamaran to a lazy 3 days on a sailing boat all to your own or a retired super maxi yacht packed to the rafters with party animals, or a romantic overnight sailing experience on a restored beauty..
There's tours specifically to experience the islands. A three island, all day adventure is available or a one island, overnight package deal..
sooooo much on offer... wait till you get there and spend a day talking with the agents, you can walk down to the Marina and check out many of the boats before booking, talk to other backpackers who have already been, there, done that... and so on....
Jun 13, 2012 12:27 PM
2Cheers Doctornono, I think ill do that, and sort something out from the mainland. i was looking at accomodation specifically on the islands themselves.
Assumedly there are no campgrounds which have pre-set up tents? Quite popular in Europe.
that would be ideal but not standard i assume?
let me know if you know of any
Jun 13, 2012 12:47 PM
3no, theres nothing like that on the Whitsunday Islands..
the local travel agents will have special deals for resort / hotel and backpacker type accommodation on all the islands..
Jun 13, 2012 9:32 PM
4There is a camping ground, and cheap dorms on Hook island http://www.hookislandresort.com/sleep.htm#
But I'd stay at Airlie as you then have to get to and from the island (which is pricey). Stay at Airlie (which is backpacker central) and take trips.
Nov 3, 2012 11:02 PM
5Hi! I'll be travelling to the Whitsundays on a budget as well, I was just wondering, should I book ahead as I will be there at 25 Dec & 26 Dec, or take the chance? Would you expect the festivities to change much? Thanks!!
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