With the long weekend in early October not far away, it’s time to start planning activities and ways to keep yourself busy and entertained with the extra precious time.
The Whitsundays make for the perfect place to spend a tropical getaway over a long weekend. So for those lucky holidaymakers, including the locals, who happen to be visiting over the upcoming long weekend, buckle up for these awesome activities that will keep you busy.
An overnight sail
If there’s a right way of familiarising yourself with the Whitsundays region, it’s none other than immersing yourself in an overnight sailing boat for two or three days. The benefit of hopping aboard a private catamaran gives you the luxury of zipping out and exploring the Great Barrier Reef at your own leisure while relaxing underneath the stars as you float above the serene waters beneath. There are many options to hire such as going with Powerplay’s private charter for an exclusive tour or hopping on a Reefsleep tour for a cheaper option.
Skydive at the Whitsundays
If you’re feeling a bit wild and you’re looking to hit that adrenaline rush, why not jump out of a plane in one of the most scenic dives in Australia? The long weekend makes for the perfect excuse to experience the best of the Whitsunday Islands from up above.
Not only do you get the chance to embrace a scenic flight up 15,000 feet, you also get the privilege of jumping out and free falling onto soft white sand.
It’s time to face your fears and skydive with Skydive Australia. The unique experience is definitely a memory you won’t forget.
Relax on Whitehaven Beach
One of the most famous beaches in the Whitsundays, Whitehaven Beach offers soft white silica sands and crystal turquoise waters.
Spend your long weekend exploring the beach and relaxing, embracing the views like a boss. Go for a hike up to Hill Inlet lookout or snorkel along the tropical coral reef of the Great Barrier Reef. There are plenty of water activities such as yachting, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, or stay dry on the beach while sipping refreshing beverages and feasting on gourmet lunches.
Grab a bite at the Grand View Hotel in Bowen
Get the best views of the Whitsundays while enjoying some history and culture at the Grand View Hotel in Bowen. This iconic establishment once hosted the movie set of ‘Australia’, starring movie stars Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. The feel of history breathes through the walls of the Grand View Hotel, with the beer garden featuring old yacht pieces of ‘GRETE’, a yacht built in 1937 Denmark which made its way to the Bowen Boat Harbour.
The food served at the Grand View Hotel is one of best in the Whitsundays, serving fresh local produce and local caught seafood. Premium steaks that are grilled to perfection alongside uniquely curated dishes prepared by professional chefs, a meal at the Grand View Hotel won’t be forgotten.
The restaurant offers waterfront views of the beautiful Whitsunday region, making it a meal you simply can’t miss when in the area. Make a booking by calling (07) 4786 4022 today.
Hop on a fishing charter
The weather and climate make the Whitsundays a fantastic region to fish, as the tropical weather attracts some spectacular fishes followed by the attraction of the Great Barrier Reef.
There’s no better way to experience the best of fishing in the region than by hopping on a fishing charter like the Whitsunday Fishing Charters, the longest established outer island fishing charter in operation here. Charters depart daily from Coral Sea Marina in Airlie Beach with four options including half or full days.