Destination Guide: Whitsundays – RatPack Travel



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Where do we begin!

Airlie Beach is the entrance to the Whitsundays and we guarantee you’ll have an epic time here! Hit up the incredible Whitsundays on a sailing trip to experience Whitehaven Beach and the beautiful Whitsunday islands and then return to Airlie for a few crazy nights with your new found Crew. Sleep off a few days of action at the lagoon in the day – 1 of our top 5 places in Oz – and we’ve seen it ALL!

Where is it?

Queensland, off the coast of Airlie Beach

Get these ON your bucketlist...

  • Visit the Whitsundays on a 3 day 2 night sailing trip
  • Visit the Whitsundays on a 1 day trip
  • Skydive
  • Take a scenic flight over the Whitsundays & Heart Reef
  • Party with other backpackers

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Free things to do here:

  • Chill out at the Lagoon
  • Check out the sunset over the marina

Hostel recommendations:

  • Magnum Backpackers – tropical feel, stay in cabins, possums & bush turkeys everywhere!
  • Nomads Airlie Beach – the party hostel – chill in the day by the pool and enjoy the evenings at shed bar

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Foodie Spots...

  • Beaches – epic backpacker meal deals {we’re talking dinner plus a drink for $15!}
  • Boatshed – next to nomads/base this place has the real sailing vibe and does a GOOD steak!
  • There’s an awesome japanese restaurant on Shute Harbour Road

Hit the town...

  • Boom – whitsundays afterparty!
  • Magnums – part of the hostel with a club
  • Beaches for live music and cheap drinks
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Top tips for the Whitsundays..

Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsundays and a hub for backpackers! Check out our tips below to make the most of Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays:

  • Make sure you arrive into Airlie Beach the day BEFORE your tour begins
  • Enjoy the chilled vibes around the lagoon
  • If you are flying, make sure you choose PROSPERINE airport, not Hamilton Island
  • Bring a zipless bag to take your stuff on board the sailing boats

Our Top Tips


  • Magnum Backpackers
  • Nomads Hostel

Day Tours

  • Ocean Rafting Whitehaven Beach Snorkel Tour
  • Airlie Beach Skydive
  • Scenic Flight


  • Beaches Bar and Grill
  • The Boathouse
  • Boom Club


  • SushiHi
  • SideWalk Cafe
  • The Boathouse
  • Beaches

How long?

5 Days

We recommend spending 5 days in Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays. Without a doubt the best way to explore the Whitsunday Island and Whitehaven Beach is on a 3 day 2 night sailing tour, allocate a day before and a day after as you’ll want to relax after all that fun!

Where next?

  • Travelling up the coast? Magnetic Island
  • Travelling down the coast? Fraser Island
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