HELLO QUEENSLAND ISLANDS & WHITSUNDAYS
HELLO QUEENSLAND ISLANDS & WHITSUNDAYS
Cover Image: Whitehaven Beach Image Right: Hamilton Island Perfect for romantic escapes, family holidays or fun getaways with friends, Queensland’s Whitsunday Coast and Islands offer something for everyone. Discover one of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef – viewed from below the water or from the air, it is a sight to behold. Set sail around the beautiful Whitsundays and explore some of the most stunning waterways in the world. Head further down the coast to Bargara to see turtles hatching at Mon Repos Conservation Park or hire a 4WD and discover Fraser Island.
Whether you are after an action-packed holiday or simply want to relax and enjoy the sunshine, Queensland’s Islands and Whitsundays is the perfect destination.
As passionate and experienced travellers ourselves, we understand what goes into creating holidays. For a holiday you’ll want to tell everyone about, see your local helloworld agent. HELLO QUEENSLAND ISLANDS & WHITSUNDAYS Valid 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018. Airlie Beach | 39 Lady Elliot Island | 35 Sailing the Whitsundays | 48
3 3 Contents Navigating This Brochure 4 Travel Tips 6 Top 10 Things To Do 8 Holiday Packages 10 Romantic Getaways 11 Whitsundays Sightseeing 13 Car Hire 17 Queensland Islands 19 Tropical North Queensland Islands 21 Whitsunday Islands 24 Southern Queensland Islands 33 Whitsunday Coast & Mackay 39 Whitsunday Cruising & Sailing 48 Whitsunday Cruising & Crewed Sailing 49 Whitsunday Skipper Yourself 52 Southern Great Barrier Reef Region 53 Accommodation Index 58 Booking Conditions 59
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STAR RATINGS Properties featuring the Star symbols are independently assessed by Star Ratings Australia (SRA). SRA is a stand-alone accreditation business and a subsidiary of Australian Motoring Services (AMS). The Stars and the Star Ratings are a registered trademark of AMS. We have no input into the assessment process. DIAMOND RATINGS Properties featuring Diamond symbols do not participate in a recognised rating scheme.The rating is supplied by the individual property based on their own assessment. We recommend they be used as a guide only.
HHH ¿¿¿ Comfortable standard of accommodation HHHH ¿¿¿¿ Superior standard of accommodation and facilities HHHHH ¿¿¿¿¿ Deluxe standard of accommodation and facilities I ¯ Denotes additional half rating Pricing Guide The prices featured in this brochure are intended as a guide.
The prices have been calculated using the lowest available daily price at the time this brochure was produced and may change due to exchange rate fluctuations, availability, taxes or seasonal surcharges. Prices featured in accommodation listings are per person twin share for the period specified unless otherwise stated.The “From” price has been calculated using the lowest nightly rate available, i.e. lead-in room type in off-peak season including free night offers if applicable, even if that offer is only available for part of a season. A minimum stay is generally required. Where prices for more than a one night stay are featured, the prices refer to stays of consecutive nights.
Ask your travel agent for the best price available, other room types or travel dates.
What the Symbols mean Properties offering free Wi-Fi access throughout the common areas and in rooms. Properties offering in-room disabled facilities. Properties offering facilities catering for families which may include kids’ clubs, family rooms, child menus, highchairs and cots. A special bonus offer (e.g. sparkling wine) is available if you are celebrating your honeymoon. Details must be provided at the time of booking. Suggested ‘must do’ tours of iconic destinations/ attractions. Ecotourism product – uses resources wisely, contributes to environmental conservation and helps local communities.
Advanced Ecotourism product – a leading and innovative product that uses resources wisely, contributes to environmental conservation and helps local communities. Refer to page 5 for details. B U Y N O W - B O O K L A T E R B U Y NOW - BOOK L A T E R Refer to page 5 for details.
5 Earn 1 Qantas Point* per $1 spent with Qantas Holidays Qantas Frequent Flyers earn 1 point per $1 spent* on Qantas Holidays combined air and land packages when flying with Qantas or Jetstar (excludes Jetstar Asia and Jetstar Pacific)*. Qantas Frequent Flyers also earn points for eligible Qantas and Jetstar flights booked as part of these packages – that means members earn even more points by booking Qantas and Jetstar flights as part of a Qantas Holidays package! *You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn Qantas Points.
Redeem your Qantas Points for Qantas Holidays Gift Vouchers Simply use your points to redeem a Qantas Holidays Gift Voucher# from the Qantas Store at qantas.com/store# , then call Qantas Holidays or see your travel agent to redeem the voucher for your holiday package. Not a member? To join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program visit qantas.com/frequentflyer. A joining fee may apply. WHY BOOK A QANTAS HOLIDAY? Bonus Offers Throughout this brochure you’ll find amazing Bonus Offers including free nights, room upgrades and food and beverage credits to name a few. Just look for the Bonus Offer box.
We are always sourcing specials throughout the year.
Ask us for the latest deals when making your booking. Exclusively For You We’re always on the lookout for ways to enhance your holiday experience! Check out our deals marked Exclusively for You. We’ve put together some fantastic Holiday Packages that offer exceptional value for money, starting on page 10. You’ll find Exclusive Offers throughout the brochure, plus hotels that are available exclusively through Qantas Holidays. Just look for Exclusively for You! 24 Hour Assistance We know your holiday experience doesn’t end until you are safely home. That’s why our Customer Care Team is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, should you require any assistance during your holiday.
We’re with you on your journey.
Open Dated Tours Buy Now & Book Later! Our Open Dated range of tours offers you the flexibility of pre-paying for your ‘must do’ holiday experiences without having to lock in dates in advance. This means you can pick the day that best suits your needs once your holiday has commenced. Simply include an Open Dated tour in your itinerary, pay for your entire holiday prior to departure, then call us up to 24 hours in advance to book. Open Dated gives you the flexibility to buy now and book later! B U Y N O W - B O O K L A T E R B U Y NOW - BOOK L A T E R With everything from accommodation, car hire, day tours, extended touring and much more, you’ll be spoilt with choice when planning your next holiday.
To assist you, we’ve highlighted our most popular products booked by our customers.
Just look for the We love it! symbol throughout this brochure. Our customers love it, and so will you! Look for this symbol to find our most popular experiences. Flying with Qantas With over 95 years’ experience, Qantas has built a reputation for excellence in safety, operational reliability, engineering, maintenance and customer service. Founded in the Queensland outback in 1920, Qantas has grown to be Australia’s largest domestic and international airline. Registered originally as the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited (QANTAS), Qantas is widely regarded as the world’s leading long distance airline and one of the strongest brands in Australia.
Providing connections to 60 destinations across Australia and access to 34 domestic lounges, you can enjoy award winning service in the air and on the ground. Qantas customers travelling across the Domestic network enjoy a checked baggage allowance, meals, and inflight entertainment* all included as part of the fare.
*Inflight entertainment is not available on QantasLink services. Flying with Jetstar Jetstar is Australia’s favourite low fares airline flying to 19 domestic destinations including many of the most popular tourism hotspots. Jetstar is 100% owned by the Qantas Group and started flying in 2004 with a fleet of Airbus A320/A321 aircraft on domestic routes. Jetstar is famous for always delivering a hassle free experience and great low fares. The domestic fleet features an all economy class offering leather seats and a range of drinks, menu items and inflight entertainment to purchase onboard or at the time of booking.
6 Hill Inlet instructions from lifesavers and lifeguards. Marine stingers are present in coastal waters from October to June, so please heed warning signs and look for beaches with netted enclosures for safe swimming. School Leavers Celebrations Each year from mid November to mid December, school leavers from Queensland and other states head to Airlie Beach for School Leavers Celebrations. During this period, bonds and conditions may apply to some properties. Check with your travel agent at time of booking. Weather Guide Temperature average in the Whitsundays Summer 24ºC to 31ºC Autumn 22ºC to 27ºC Winter 17ºC to 24ºC Spring 21ºC to 28ºC How to Get There BY AIR For information on how to get to the Queensland Islands please refer to the individual island pages for details.
The Whitsundays can be accessed by flights into Hamilton Island or Whitsunday Coast Airport in Proserpine. Coach and/or launch transfers will connect you from these airports to your accommodation. Qantas operates direct flights to Hamilton Island from Cairns daily, from Brisbane five days a week and from Sydney two days a week. Jetstar operates direct flights to Hamilton Island from Melbourne two days a week. Connecting flights are available from other cities. Qantas operates direct flights to Proserpine from Brisbane daily. Qantas operate direct flights to Rockhampton, Gladstone and Bundaberg from Brisbane daily.
Connecting flights are available from other cities.
FLIGHT DURATION FROM / TO HAMILTON ISLAND PROSERPINE Brisbane 1 hr 30 mins 1 hr 30 mins Sydney 2 hrs 20 mins – Melbourne 2 hrs 50 mins – Cairns 1 hr 25 mins – The above table shows flight durations for direct flights only. Connecting flights from other destinations are also available. Times are a guide only and subject to change. BY RAIL Enjoy Queensland’s coast in comfort aboard the innovative Tilt Train from Brisbane to Rockhampton or The Spirit of Queensland from Brisbane or Cairns. Refer to our Queensland Rail Holidays brochure for details.
BY CAR Take the time to explore as you make your way to Queensland’s Whitsunday and Central Queensland Coast.
Whether it’s getting there or getting around we recommend Avis and Budget car hire. See pages 17 to 18 for details. Beach Safety Queensland has some of the world’s best beaches, however care and caution should be exercised at all times. Please remember to swim between the red and yellow flags and listen to School Holidays 2017-18 Queensland 1 – 17 Apr, 24 Jun – 9 Jul, 16 Sep – 2 Oct, 9 Dec 17 – 21 Jan 18 New South Wales 8 – 25 Apr, 1 – 17 Jul, 23 Sep – 8 Oct, 16 Dec 17 – 29 Jan 18 Victoria 1 – 17 Apr, 1 – 16 Jul, 23 Sep – 8 Oct, 23 Dec 17 – 29 Jan 18 Australian Capital Territory 8 – 25 Apr, 1 – 16 Jul, 23 Sep – 8 Oct, 16 Dec 17 – 4 Feb 18 Tasmania 14 – 30 Apr, 8 – 23 Jul, 30 Sep – 15 Oct, 22 Dec 17 – 6 Feb 18 South Australia 14 – 30 Apr, 8 – 23 Jul, 30 Sep – 15 Oct, 16 Dec 17 – 28 Jan 18 Western Australia 8 – 23 Apr, 1 – 16 Jul, 23 Sep – 8 Oct, 15 Dec 17 – 30 Jan 18 Northern Territory 8 – 17 Apr, 24 Jun – 24 Jul, 30 Sep – 8 Oct, 15 Dec 17 – 28 Jan 18 Travel Tips Events & Public Holidays April Hamilton Hilly Half Marathon, Hamilton Island
30th May Whitsunday Sup Challenge, Airlie Beach 7th-13th Captain Cook 1770 Festival, Town of 1770 19th-21st June Yeppoon Show 10th-11th Rockhampton Show 14th-16th Great Whitehaven Beach Run 18th Mackay Show 20th-22nd Proserpine Show 23rd-24th Bowen Show 27th July Mackay Festival of Arts 7th Rockhampton River Festival 14th Airlie Beach Running Festival 16th Whitsunday Reef Festival 29th August Airlie Beach Race Week 10th-17th Hamilton Island Race Week 19th-26th September Capricorn Food and Wine Festival 15th-17th Run the Great Whitsunday Trail 24th October Crush Festival, Bundaberg
6th November Hamilton Island Endurance Series Triathlon 11th
Gulf of Carpentaria COOKTOWN PORT DOUGLAS MARYBOROUGH BRISBANE CAIRNS Cape York Peninsula BUNDABERG LONGREACH FRASER ISLAND GOLD COAST SUNSHINE COAST LADY ELLIOT ISLAND FITZROY ISLAND HERON ISLAND YEPPOON GREAT KEPPEL ISLAND CHARLEVILLE LIZARD ISLAND MORETON ISLAND HAMILTON ISLAND ROMA EMERALD AIRLIE BEACH ORPHEUS ISLAND MOUNT ISA TOWNSVILLE PROSERPINE CHARTERS TOWERS MACKAY GLADSTONE AGNES WATER TOOWOOMBA HERVEY BAY MISSION BEACH WEIPA ROCKHAMPTON G R E A T B ARRIER REEF GREAT DIV I D I N G R A N G E G R E A T B ARRIER REEF QUEENSLAND BRISBANE CAIRNS THE WHITSUNDAYS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS REGIONAL AIRPORTS NATIONAL PARKS RAIL MAIN ROADS ATTRACTIONS BRISBANE 364 BUNDABERG 534 185 GLADSTONE 635 287 111 ROCKHAMPTON 674 329 149 42 YEPPOON 976 623 446 336 355 MACKAY 1091 746 566 453 478 126 PROSERPINE 1118 770 593 477 502 150 25 AIRLIE BEACH 1705 1356 1177 1063 1089 738 611 624 CAIRNS Distances should be used as a guide only.
Distances by road (km) WHITSUNDAY ISLAND HAMILTON ISLAND DAYDREAM ISLAND HAYMAN ISLAND Shute Harbour AIRLIE BEACH Abell Point Marina Whitehaven Beach Port of Airlie W hitsunday Passage Timor Sea WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS 7