The most fun and best value Airlie Beach tour to Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet includes an amazing beach barbeque, perfect for young children, older folks and non-swimmers.
Best value for money Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet departing from Airlie Beach with iconic Aussie Beach BBQ lunch experience!
A full day tour that offers the most time at the two most iconic Whitsunday beaches – Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet.
Upon our arrival from Airlie Beach, a brief interpretative talk is given. We then take you ashore for a guided tour through diverse vegetation. Here you can learn about the Ngaro People, likewise the Whitsunday Island flora and fauna with signs at the beginning and also along the track.
Be sure to have your camera ready when you arrive at the vista. The ever changing breathtaking views are the most photographed in the Whitsundays.
You can choose not to do the walk, explore the beach, or relax on board our vessel while it remains anchored, the choice is all yours.
After the stunning Hill Inlet Lookout and visit to the swirling sands, Whitehaven Beach and the Whitehaven Beach BBQ awaits!
8.00am | Free Bus Pick Ups
Our Airlie Beach courtesy shuttles driven by our friendly drivers will start picking up you up from Airlie Beach accommodations and Caravan Parks. We can even recommend a safe place to park up your van and we can pick you up from there!
You can of course make your own way and park at Coral Sea Marina Resort (Formerly Abbott Point Marina) but please do allow enough time to make your way to our Meeting Place before 8.30am.
8.30am | Check-In
Once dropped off by your driver at Coral Sea Marina Resort (Formerly Abell Point Marina), our Captain & Crew will take it from there.
A quick check in and collection of tickets.
Lastly a completion of some necessary information on a tablet and we are then on our way to the fast Whitehaven boat for boarding.
9.00am | Departure
We depart the Coral Sea Marina slowly whilst giving a safety briefing and explanation of the Whitehaven Beach tour.
Once the information is given and everyone is relaxed and settled in we throttle up to cruising speed of 20 knots on route to our first Great Barrier Reef tour location.
We may go from Airlie Beach to Whitehaven Beach directly which is approx 80 minutes travel or maybe snorkelling first which could be less than 60 minutes travel, or possibly Hill Inlet Lookout first, 80 minutes travel time
Our Airlie Beach itinerary is based primarily on the tides and secondly on the weather as seeing the swirling sands of Hill Inlet at a very low tide is not ideal
9.15am | Cruise across the Whitsunday Passage.
Cruising between the Whitsunday Islands on our boat is a comfortable experience.
We offer indoor, outdoor, upstairs seating options for all guests. You can even walk around whilst the boat is moving which is a big difference to the open speed boats.
9.45am | Tea & Coffee
Tea & Coffee is served along with some biscuits to nibble on. (GF catered for).
The Licensed Bar is opened. Beers, Ciders, White Wine, Rum of course, Soft drinks and bottled water all available.
Please note guests are not permitted to consume alcohol if you intend on swimming.
11.00am | Cruise to Whitehaven Beach
Take a seat upstairs with the Captain or downstairs in the shade and enjoy the scenery
11.30pm | Arrive at Whitehaven Beach for BBQ lunch
Two hours scheduled to Chill, Dine, Play.
Take all your beach gear to the beach.
Towels, swimmers, sun glasses.
Famous BBQ served beside an esky full of ice cold beverages for your enjoyment.
The Menu consists of Aussie Rump Steaks, Sausages, Chilli Burgers, Saute’ Onions, Aussie Chefs Salad, Rice Salad and a Tropical Fruit Platter – and always enough for seconds!
Locally sauced melons and pineapples, tomatoes and fish for fish eaters!
Homemade Vegie Burgers or locally line caught fish can be ordered prior to the tour. You can bet one of the Captains caught the fish with Spanish Mackeral a favourite.
1.45pm | Depart Whitehaven Beach
The time has come to leave Whitehaven Beach.
2.00pm | Arrive Hill Inlet Lookout
Travel lightly to the lookout.
Thongs are ideal footwear.
Don’t forget your camera.
The highlight of the tour for many!
3.30pm | Depart Hill Inlet Lookout
Again take a comfortable seat and relax.
The last route back to Abell Point Marina is sometimes known as the booze cruise!
Try to stay awake and enjoy the scenery as we pass the Whitsunday islands for the last time today.
3.45pm | Cheese Platter served
What a lovely way to finish off the day with cheese and crackers……Wine please!
4.30pm | Arrive Abell Point Marina
After your great value day trip around the Whitsundays Islands and Whitehaven Beach, it’s time to collect all your possessions and say our farewells.
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The addition of extra Whitehaven Beach time for the walk or for chilling in the crystal clear waters has proven a winner.
We have 30 years of experience, and have ever since cooked a BBQ lunch on Whitehaven Beach.
In short, we are the only day tour to offer both beaches Whitehaven Beach AND Hill Inlet Beach as well as both lookouts Whitehaven & Hill Inlet.
Therefore this Whitehaven Beach Tour now offers 2 destinations with some amazing experiences, all in 1 day. It is also likely that Capt. Dan or Capt. Shane will try and catch a fish for the BBQ if the conditions are suitable.
The captains fly-bridge or helm make for perfect wildlife spotting too.
This Whitehaven Beach Tour caters to all ages better than anyone else! From Grey Nomads, Seniors, Students, Families & infants (0-2) to a bunch of friends, small groups, and even private charters.
Our family business has been providing comfort and making great memories for over 30 years now. We ensure all ages have a great and memorable day.
Hill Inlet is just stunning! The swirling white silica sands, a product of the tides and the natural island formation need to be seen to be believed.
On our day tour we have scheduled more time for you at this glorious location than most other tours, providing more time for relaxing and exploring this natural paradise.
Airlie Beach Tours to Hill Inlet is what we do the best ! We offer you more time at Hill Inlet than any other day tour operator!
You will not feel rushed along at the lookout, with two hours to take in the view from the lookout and explore the beauty at beach level.
Hill Inlet Lookout is the second most photographed location in Australia. One of the key reasons we choose to extend your time at this iconic destination!
Located along the sheltered SE edge of Whitsunday Island, both the lookout and beach are accessed by a short bush walk from Tongue Bay.
Experience an iconic Aussie Beach BBQ for lunch, served under the shade of the Whitsunday Island National Park with Whitehaven Beach as your view!
Special dietary requirements, such as vegetarian or pescatarian diets, can be catered for with prior notice.
The famous Whitehaven Beach BBQ is an Aussie BBQ lunch served right on Whitehaven Beach.
Like all restaurants in the Whitsundays, our business takes great pride in making the most of the fresh and local produce.
We are proud of the food we offer throughout the day trip, especially the BBQ lunch!
We are a family business, therefore our meat selection and the overall food experience we provide is very important to us. In other words, you can be assured that we are personally taking care of what we provide you for lunch.
Perhaps more so because one of our family members will be cooking the Aussie BBQ for your enjoyment.
That said, our catering is all done by one of our crew in our own kitchen facilities the morning of the cruise.
The Captain then becomes Captain Cook and puts his heart and soul into cooking the Whitehaven Beach BBQ.
The Menu consists of prime Australian rumps, Sausages, Chilli Burgers, Sauteed Onions, Aussie Chefs Salad, Rice Salad and a Tropical Fruit Platter – and always enough for seconds! Locally grown rockmelon, watermelons, pineapples and tomatoes and Capt Dan catches the fish for any fish eaters!
Homemade Vege Burgers or locally line caught fish can be ordered prior to the day of the tour.
You can bet Captain Dan or Captain Shane caught the fish and had it on ice straight away, with Spanish Mackerel a target species.
Cooked to Order and served under the shade of the trees using the Whitsunday Island National Park facilities since 1989.
Coral Sea Marina is Meeting Point B
January - December
Closed 24-25-26 December
Closed New Year Day
Approx 9.00am to 5.00pm
Child rate applies to children age 2 to 14
All cancellations must be in writing.
Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee.
Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Operator's Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations are accepted up until 24 hours prior to the tour. The FARE is non-refundable for cancellations made within 24 hours of the date of travel.
Changes to the date of travel can be made more than 24 hours prior to the date of travel, subject to availability.
Whitehaven Xpress reserves the right to change or alter the tour as described on our website, without notice. Sites are weather permitting.
The tour may be cancelled by the operator, in the event that:
• Minimum numbers are not achieved.
• Strong Wind warnings or extreme rain conditions prevail.
• Equipment failure is experienced.
• Factors beyond the control of Whitehaven Xpress that prevent the normal operation of the tour.
In any such events, the tour operator’s liability will be limited to a full refund of any fare pre-paid.
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 763