QUEENSLAND ISLANDS & WHITSUNDAYS - INCLUDING SOUTHERN GREAT BARRIER REEF
QUEENSLAND ISLANDS & WHITSUNDAYS - INCLUDING SOUTHERN GREAT BARRIER REEF
HOTEL REVIEWS PROVIDED BY QUEENSLAND ISLANDS & WHITSUNDAYS INCLUDING SOUTHERN GREAT BARRIER REEF 2018/19
Some of Australia’s most stunning natural wonders are on Queensland’s Islands and Whitsunday Coast. Dotted along the coastline, you’ll discover tropical islands surrounded by crystal clear waters and some of the most magnificent beaches in the world. Take a day cruise to famous Whitehaven Beach, charter a yacht and set sail around the Whitsunday islands or dive the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. Further south, discover the Capricorn Coast, Town of 1770 and Agnes Waters.
Explore Heritage Listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world! Or simply relax under the shade of a palm tree with a tropical cocktail in hand! Whether you’re planning a short break, a romantic getaway or the ultimate family adventure, Sunlover Holidays can tailor-make your dream holiday. Use this brochure for inspiration, then let our travel experts assist you to experience Australia your way – happy travelling! See the Queensland Islands & Whitsundays – the Sunlover Holidays way! Valid 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019. Image Cover: Fitzroy Island Image This Page: Hill Inlet, The Whitsundays Heron Island Tangalooma Island Resort The Whitsundays
3 Contents Navigating This Brochure 4 Travel Tips 6 Top 10 Things To Do 8 Planning Your Holiday 10 Tropical North Queensland Islands 12 Whitsunday Islands 15 Southern Queensland Islands 23 Whitsunday Coast 28 Mackay 46 Southern Great Barrier Reef Region 48 Car Hire 56 Accommodation Index 58 Booking Conditions 59
2018 – 2019 Signature Collection UNIQUE AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCES Tailor-made Holidays Our team of travel experts have unparalleled knowledge of Australia’s unique travel experiences and destinations. We can design custom made itineraries to anywhere in Australia.
From dining under a glittery canopy of stars at Uluru to a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef – the choice is yours! We look forward to planning a truly inspiring travel experience for you. With our Tailor-made Holidays anything is possible. Let Sunlover Holidays inspire you to discover more of these fantastic destinations. This hand-picked collection encompasses stylish beach getaways, signature island escapes, the best in luxury lodges and chic city hotels along with unique experiences, remote escapes and small ship cruising. HOTEL REVIEWS PROVIDED BY 2018/19 TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND INCLUDING OUTBACK QUEENSLAND HOTEL REVIEWS PROVIDED BY SUNSHINE COAST & BRISBANE FRASER COAST • SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND COUNTRY 2018/19 HOTEL REVIEWS PROVIDED BY 2018/19 TASMANIA HOTEL REVIEWS PROVIDED BY 2018/19 SYDNEY & NEW SOUTH WALES CANBERRA • NORFOLK ISLAND • LORD HOWE ISLAND HOTEL REVIEWS PROVIDED BY PERTH & THE WEST COAST MARGARET RIVER • NINGALOO REEF • GOLDEN OUTBACK 2018/19 HOTEL REVIEWS PROVIDED BY NORTHERN TERRITORY 2018/19 HOTEL REVIEWS PROVIDED BY QUEENSLAND ISLANDS & WHITSUNDAYS INCLUDING SOUTHERN GREAT BARRIER REEF 2018/19 QUEENSLAND RAIL HOLIDAYS 2018/19 HOTEL REVIEWS PROVIDED BY THE KIMBERLEY BROOME • STATIONS & WILDERNESS CAMPS • CRUISING 2018/19 GOLD COAST 2018/19 HOTEL REVIEWS PROVIDED BY HOTEL REVIEWS PROVIDED BY 2018/19 ADELAIDE & SOUTH AUSTRALIA HOTEL REVIEWS PROVIDED BY 2018/19 MELBOURNE & VICTORIA Signature Collection UNIQUE AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCES Navigating This Brochure 4 Accommodation Ratings The ratings featured in this brochure will provide a general indication of the standard of accommodation and may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstance.
These are our views and are not related to any other rating system. We recommend checking with your travel consultant to find the accommodation that best suits your needs and budget.
¿¿¿ Comfortable standard of accommodation and facilities ¿¿¿¿ Superior standard of accommodation and facilities ¿¿¿¿¿ Deluxe standard of accommodation and facilities ¯ Denotes additional half rating Pricing Guide Prices in this brochure are based on the lowest available price at the time of print and are a guide only. All prices are subject to availability and subject to change due to factors such as currency fluctuations, taxes or seasonal surcharges.
Accommodation ‘From’ prices are per person per night twin share using the lead-in room type in low season based on the length of stay indicated on the individual property listing.
A minimum stay is generally required. Where a price for more than a one night stay is featured, the nights must be taken consecutively. Ask your travel consultant for the best price available, other room types or travel dates and refer to the inside back cover for our complete booking conditions. What the Symbols mean Properties offering free Wi-Fi access in common areas and rooms. Properties offering in-room disabled facilities. Properties offering facilities catering for families, which may include kids club, 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. 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. 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 Buy Now Book Later tour options give the flexibility to pay for ‘must do’ tours before you travel and book when you arrive.
Just pick the day that suits you and call us up to 24 hours in advance to book. TripAdvisor rates real travellers’ experiences, giving you an unbiased and impartial point of view on the product we featwure in this brochure to assist you with your holiday planning. TripAdvisor ratings and reviews are available to view on our website at www.sunloverholidays.com.au.
5 ^You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and points are subject to the terms and conditions of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program available at qantas.com/terms. Multiple carriers are permitted, provided one sector is a Qantas or Jetstar service or on a service with a Qantas or Jetstar flight number. ~Complimentary membership is offered by Qantas Airways Limited ABN 16 009 661 901, and is available with Sunlover Holidays bookings but may be withdrawn at any time. Each application is subject to approval by Qantas. T&Cs apply.
Sunlover Holidays is excited to announce that Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now earn Qantas Points on combined air and land packages when flying with Qantas or Jetstar. From 1 January 2018, you can earn 1 point^ per $1 spent on new bookings, plus you can earn points on eligible Qantas and Jetstar flights when booked as part of these packages. That means members can earn twice – once on the flight and again on the package! Not a member?
Join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for free~ at qantaspoints.com/freejoin/sunloverholidays You Can Now Earn Qantas Points When You Book a Sunlover Holiday^ ! The Sunlover Holidays Difference Sunlover Holidays are the Australian travel specialists. Our comprehensive range of travel products and experiences, plus great value offers provides the inspiration for you to plan your dream holiday. Our team of travel experts can tailor-make your holiday from hundreds of fantastic hotels, apartments and resorts as well as flights, cruises, rail, car and campervan hire, extended touring, self-drive holidays and a huge range of sightseeing tours and attractions.
Personalised service and a diverse range of holiday options at the most competitive prices, combined with over 35 years’ experience – that’s the Sunlover Holidays difference!
Multi-Award Winner Sunlover Holidays is honoured to have won the prestigious AFTA National Travel Industry award for 2017 Best Wholesaler – Australian Product for the second successive year. Everyone Loves a Bonus! If you love free breakfasts, free room upgrades or free nights these are just a few of the outstanding offers available when you book with Sunlover Holidays. Look for the BONUS offers throughout this brochure and ask us about our latest offers released throughout the year. Exclusive Packages Our Product team have created some exclusive packages especially for our customers. Choose one of our Holiday Packages which include our most popular accommodation and ‘must do’ experiences.
Look out for our exclusive packages with ‘Exclusively For You’ featured on them. We Love It! To assist you with your holiday planning we’ve highlighted our most popular and bestselling products and experiences, just look for this symbol throughout the brochure. Our customers love it and so will you! 24/7 Holiday Assistance We know your holiday experience doesn’t end until you are safely home. That’s why our Sunlover Holidays Customer Care Team is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week should you require any assistance during your holiday. Contact the team at any time, the details are provided with your travel documentation.
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6 Lizard Island 6 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 Brisbane and Cairns daily, from Sydney five to seven days a week (seasonal), and from Melbourne four days a week. Jetstar operates direct flights from Sydney daily (seasonal). Virgin Australia operates direct flights to Hamilton Island from Brisbane and Sydney daily, and from Melbourne four days a week. Connecting flights are available from other cities.
Jetstar and Virgin Australia operate direct flights to Proserpine from Brisbane daily. Qantas and Virgin Australia operate direct flights to Rockhampton 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 2 hrs 55 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 56 and 57 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 instructions from Travel Tips Events & Public Holidays May Hamilton Hilly Half Marathon, Hamilton Island 6th Whitsunday SUP Challenge, Airlie Beach 20th-27th Captain Cook 1770 Festival, Town of 1770
25th-27th June Yeppoon Show 9th-10th Rockhampton Show 13th-15th Mackay Show 19th-21st Great Whitehaven Beach Run 24th Proserpine Show 22nd-23rd Bowen Show 26th July Mackay Festival of Arts 20th-29th Rockhampton River Festival 13th-15th Airlie Beach Running Festival 21st Whitsunday Reef Festival 2nd-5th August Airlie Beach Race Week 9th-16th Hamilton Island Race Week 18th-25th September Capricorn Food and Wine Festival TBC Run the Great Whitsunday Trail 18th-19th October Crush Festival, Bundaberg TBC November Airlie Beach Festival of Music 9th-11th Hamilton Island Endurance Series Triathlon
17th January Australia Day 26th School Holidays 2018-19 Queensland 30 Mar – 15 Apr, 30 Jun – 15 Jul, 22 Sep – 7 Oct, 15 Dec 18 – 28 Jan 19 New South Wales 14 – 30 Apr, 7 – 22 Jul, 29 Sep – 14 Oct, 22 Dec 18 – 28 Jan 19 Victoria 30 Mar – 15 Apr, 30 Jun – 15 Jul, 22 Sep – 7 Oct, 22 Dec 18 – 30 Jan 19 Australian Capital Territory 14 – 29 Apr, 7 – 22 Jul, 29 Sep – 14 Oct, 22 Dec 18 – 31 Jan 19 Tasmania 14 – 29 Apr, 7 – 22 Jul, 29 Sep – 14 Oct, 21 Dec 18 – 5 Feb 19 South Australia 14 – 29 Apr, 7 – 22 Jul, 29 Sep – 14 Oct, 15 Dec 18 – 28 Jan 19 Western Australia 14 – 29 Apr, 30 Jun – 15 Jul, 22 Sep – 7 Oct, 14 Dec 18 – 3 Feb 19 Northern Territory 14 – 22 Apr, 30 Jun – 23 Jul, 29 Sep – 14 Oct, 14 Dec 18 – 27 Jan 19 TBC - Dates for this event were yet to be confirmed at the time of printing.