Seeing the Whitsunday Islands when you are short on time

With 74 Islands in the Whitsundays, it can be hard to decide which islands to see – especially if your time in the idyllic paradise of Airlie Beach is short.  In this story from our archives, Sammie takes you on a tour which takes in the best beach in Australia and gets you up-close-and-personal with around 80 varieties of marine life.  She meets Jason, a skipper from Cruise Whitsundays , who has sailed the world three times but says “nothing beats the Whitsundays”

The Whitsundays is just one part of a terrific holiday package offered by Queensland Rail Travel.   The Northern Coastal Rail Explorer runs between Cairns and Brisbane with highlights including the Whitsundays, Townsville and the Hidden Valley, Cairns, Atherton, Paronella Park, Kuranda Scenic Railway and SkyRail.

For more info on the 13 day tour visit or call 1300 660 390.