12 days in Whitsunday Islands & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

12 days in Whitsunday Islands & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

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Whitsunday Island
— 4 nights
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Noosa
— 5 nights
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Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
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Whitsunday Island

— 4 nights
Whitsunday Island is known for beaches and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach, head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip builder site.

Adelaide to Whitsunday Island is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Adelaide to Whitsunday Island, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Adelaide in July, things will get a bit warmer in Whitsunday Island: highs are around 28°C and lows about 13°C. You'll set off for Noosa on the 6th (Tue).

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 6:

Noosa

— 5 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Tina Cooper Gallery (in Eumundi), Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach) and Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny). Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Essential Bodywork, get great views at Laguna Lookout, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, and add some adventure to your tour with Kayak Noosa.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Noosa online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Noosa takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:

Hamilton Island

— 2 nights
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, then go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, then relax and rejuvenate at Spa Wumurdaylin, and finally get outside with Jetryder.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton Island tour planning tool.

Getting from Noosa to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:

Whitsunday Islands travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas
Set at the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands remain one of the most popular yachting destinations in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting over half a million travelers each year. Made up of 74 mainly uninhabited islands--only five boast resorts and several more allow camping--this exotic tropical getaway mesmerizes visitors with warm turquoise waters hugged by some of the finest beaches in the world. A trip to Whitsunday Islands is a feast for the senses. Sailing, kayaking, and power boating rank among the top things to do in Whitsunday Islands, next to diving and snorkeling, providing a chance to explore the seaways, pristine beaches, and secluded coves.

Sunshine Coast travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Zoos · Gardens
Beaches, sun-drenched streets, and a relaxed ambience are the defining elements of Sunshine Coast, a region just north of Brisbane. Having grown rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, Sunshine Coast became a popular destination for surfers in particular and has now grown into a well-managed city focused on "green" economic development.