A Three-Day Itinerary for the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef. It conjures up a whirl of coral, fish and beaches, diving into the depths to witness a world hidden beneath the waves. And it certainly doesn’t disappoint.

The Whitsundays is the perfect base to explore this magnificent natural wonder.

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Day One – See Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island

Fly into the Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine). It’s about a 45 minute bus journey to reach the small town of Airlie Beach. There’s also an airport on Hamilton Island, about five minutes’ drive from the resorts there.

Spend some time in Airlie Beach looking at the local wares, swimming in the lagoon and taking a stroll along the Bicentennial Walkway to Abell Point Marina. Get a ferry over to Hamilton Island (times, prices and regularity vary) – the trip is around an hour each way – and do a kayak tour at sunset.

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