Top 5 things for Backpackers to do in the Whitsundays.


Using Airlie Beach as your home base gives you access to all the great activities in the Whitsundays. There are plenty of accommodation options for backpackers, so finding the perfect place to stay is easy. All you need to do is focus on ticking off things from your holiday wish list. Here are Gypsy Travel’s top 5 things to do in the Whitsundays.

1. Overnight sailing trips.

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There are wonderful overnight sailing trips on offer. These include the Atlantic Clipper and New Horizon among others. Gypsy Travel has a whole range of sailing trips that are perfect for backpackers, no matter what kind of experience you are looking for. They have tall ships like, Summertime and Solway Lass, all the way to Powerplay, a turbo-powered catamaran. The Atlantic Clipper is also known as the party boat so if party games and dancing are your idea of the perfect night, the Clipper is the way to go. With so many options to choose from you can tailor your sailing trip to meet your personal Whitsunday desires.

2. Scenic Flights.

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The best views of pristine Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, Heart Reef and the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays are from the air. The reef and Islands are full of picture perfect views so make sure you bring your camera. Air Whitsunday have been operating in Airlie Beach since 1973. They offer scenic flights in Sea Planes that depart daily. The staff know all the best locations to snorkel like coral suspended lagoons. Air Whitsunday also operate a private semi- submersible vessel located inside Hardy Lagoon. They use this vessel in all their reef tours so you can see the amazing marine life on offer. Gypsy Travel have all the information you need to make your Air Whitsunday bookings. Swoop in and snap up your scenic flight adventure.

3. Sky diving.

Speaking of aerial views, why not skydive while you are here in Airlie Beach? Skydive Airlie Beach offer some amazing views of the Whitsundays and coastline when you skydive with their experienced team. The clarity of the water gives great views of the Barrier Reef and those famous white sands of the Whitsunday Islands. This is the ultimate adrenalin rush for those hard core adventures. For those who want to do something outside their comfort zone, Skydive Airlie Beach specialize in tandem dives. What better way to get high in the Whitsundays and experience something amazing?

4. Jetski Tours.

Departing daily, Jetski Tours offer guided tours around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. There are three tours to choose from. Airlie Adventure, Two Island Safari and Daydream Extreme. Each tour has its own highlights and if you want advice on which one is right for you then Gypsy Travel can help out. Whether it is spending time on beautiful Daydream Island or encountering sea turtles, dugongs, birds and other marine life, you are sure to love these awesome adventures. They even provide free bus pick up and drop off in the Airlie Beach area so you have door to door service. Everything you need like life-jackets, thermal tops, wetsuit shorts, sunglasses, hats and bottled water are all provided. You don’t need to worry about extra costs. Jetski tours are a great way to pass the day and mix thrills with lazing on the beach.

5. Nightclubs

Airlie Beach has a jumping nightlife and one of Gypsy Travel’s favourite night spots is Boom Nightclub. This club has an awesome atmosphere. Dance the night away, with great cocktails, shots and bartenders that know their stuff. The DJ’s rock the house making it party central, so make sure you drop in and let loose. Whether it is leis, lasers or glow sticks, it all goes down at Boom.

So drop into Airlie beach and make sure you see Gypsy Travel, for these and other awesome adventures you can have in the Whitsundays.