You can stop mapping out how you’re going to tackle that 12 hour drive to Airlie Beach now, because we’ve got a better idea. With travel restrictions within Queensland now lifted, airlines are slowly getting new flight schedules online, and the Whitsundays are the first destination to get put back on the weekend-long trip map.
Yep, as of Monday 22 June, flights are resuming between Brisbane and the Whitsundays Coast Airport, so it’s time to pack your bags, book a hotel and get the hell out of town. Oh sure, we know it’s a bit cold for the beach down here in South East Queensland, but the average June and July temperature in Airlie Beach is a blissful 23 degrees, so you’ll want to pack a swimsuit anyway.
Alliance Airlines are the first to come on board, offering four flights a week for the sweet, sweet price of $99. Think of all that money you didn’t get to spend going to the Greek Islands this year and book in two weekends—hell, book in three. Then, in July, Jetstar is coming to the party, with daily flights to the region starting at an insanely low $39 (on sale until midnight Friday 5 June, with regular prices starting from $61). $39 people. Isn’t that how much you blew on Uber Eats last night? Yeah, we thought so.
Once you get there, you might be wondering where to stay. Well, along with all the snazzy hotels and Airbnbs in Airlie Beach, the recently refurbished Daydream Island Resort has just announced it will be re-opening as of July 1, with rooms starting at a $125pp per night twin share. Time to finally tick it off the bucket list.
Throw a surprise long August weekend into the mix, and we’re pretty much sold on a winter trip to the Whitsundays this year. Book your flights with Alliance Airlines here, or check out the Jetstar schedule here.
Wondering where else to explore in your backyard? Check out Queensland’s best holiday spots here.
Image credit: Daydream Island Resort