Creating your Australian Bucket List

16 December 2020

Making your Australian Bucket List? Add Airlie Beach and Whitsunday Island to it!

It’s no secret that studying in Australia isn’t just about the degree, it’s also about adventure. Most students have a lengthy list of must-see destinations by the time they arrive.

If you’re still making yours (let’s be real — do we ever stop making that list?!), be sure to add Airlie Beach and Whitsunday Island in Queensland!

Airlie Beach

A small coastal community located just south of Townsville, Airlie Beach is home to fewer than 2000 locals. Soft white sand borders crystal clear blue waters line this relaxed resort town which is a departing point for the always spectacular Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands.

From waterfront parks and alfresco dining to sailing and scuba diving, there is plenty to explore in this tropical paradise. You’re only a half-hour’s drive away from the rainforest and waterfalls in Conway National Park or take a seaplane for a picnic on Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. The main street of Airlie Beach is a hub for craft shops, small clothing stores (with lots of beachwear), art galleries, and markets. It’s a perfect spot for relaxation after a tough exam period!

Whitsunday Island

A short boat ride from Airlie Beach is the Whitsunday group of 74 continental islands. The largest uninhabited island of the group is Whitsunday Island. This is where you’ll find the incredible Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, along with six campgrounds. You may even see a wallaby hopping around!

Seagrass beds with a diverse range of marine life lie on the northern bays of the island and the warm, nutrient rich waters with fast-moving tides surrounding the island make the perfect home for coral reefs.

Want to stay overnight on the islands but camping isn’t your “thing”?

Hamilton Island is the largest and most popular inhabited island of the collection. Hotels and pavilions offer a range of accommodation and you can explore the island’s numerous shops, visit restaurants and bars, or go sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, or jet skiing.

See for yourself

Okay, enough words — check out this video from Griffith University dentistry student an OzTREKK ambassador, Brittani, to see how spectacular it really is!


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