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Whitsunday Getaway | Self-Drive Holiday


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Whitsunday Getaway | Self-Drive Holiday

Jump in the car and journey to the beautiful Whitsundays with our suggested self driving holiday itinerary.

The beauty of a driving holiday is that you can take as little or as long as you like to get to your destination. We want you to enjoy the journey so we have included must see places along the way for you to visit.

After a relaxing drive up to tropical North Queensland stopping in at destinations such as Bundaberg, Agnes Waters and Mackay, you'll arrive at the stunning coastal town of Airlie Beach. Spend the day soaking in the sun and exploring the town before taking the ferry over to Day Dream Island where you will spend the next two days enjoying island life and exploring the rest of the Whitsunday Islands.


  • 1 nights accommodation at Agnes Waters Beach Club
  • 3 nights accommodation at Club Wyndham Airlie Beach
  • 2 nights accommodation at Daydream Island Resort
  • 1 nights accommodation at The Coast Motel in Yeppoon
  • Return Passenger Ferry Daydream Island from Port of Airlie Beach

*Prices are subject to change and availability.

Tour Plan


Day 1 - Sunshine Coast, Bunderberg and Agnes Waters

Your bags are packed, the car is loaded, you have decided who is going to drive the first leg of the journey and who is the designated snack and music person, and now you're ready to hit the road!

The beauty of a driving holiday is that you can take as little or as long as you like to get to your destination.

We suggest leaving early in the morning to make the most of your first day. The Whitsundays are approximately a 12 hour drive from Moreton Bay and we want you to see as much as possible on the way and to enjoy the journey.

Drive through the stunning Sunshine Coast Region where you can stop in at one of the amazing local cafes for breakfast on the way. Continue on from there for another 3 hours through Gympie to Gin Gin where you will take a short 40 minute detour into Bunderberg. Stop by the famous Bunderberg Rum Distillery for a tour. Be careful not to do too many tastings though because you still have one more stop to go!

From there take a short 1.5 hour drive up to Agnes Waters. This is where you will stop for the night. Check into you accommodation and spend the rest of the day enjoying the atmosphere of the coastal town. If you feel like exploring the area more, take a short 15 minute drive up to Seventeen Seventy.


Day 2 - Rockhamtpon, Mackay and Airlie Beach

After a good nights sleep, jump back in the car and continue on for another 3.5 hours to Rockhampton. Stop in at one of the local restaurants or cafes for a bite to eat and enjoy some fresh air.

Back in the car and Mackay is your next stop. Another 4 hours but you're almost there! Stop in for lunch at one of the local restaurants then hop back in the car for the last leg of the journey.

Whitsundays here we come! A short 2 hour journey will bring you to Airlie Beach and is where you will spend the night.

Check into you local accommodation, we recommend somewhere right on the water front to make the most of the beautiful coastal town views, and go to sleep with the smell of beach in the air.


Day 3 - Explore the Islands

After a much needed long nights' sleep and a delicious breakfast, spend the day exploring Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands. This stunning coastal town won't disappoint!

Choose from a wide range of activities such as a scenic flight, a sunset cruise, a day trip to Whitehaven Beach, a sailing adventure around the islands and more! The day is yours!


Day 4 - Ferry to Day Dream Island

Check out of your accommodation and head to the ferry terminal where you will board the passenger ferry to Day Dream Island!

Note: Park your car at one of the secure parking locations near the terminal.

Once you arrive on the island, check into your room and enjoy the next 2 nights on Day Dream Island.


Day 5 - Day Dream Island

With all the Whitsunday Islands on your doorstep, the options of things to see and do are endless!

Book a day trip to one of the other islands, relax by the pool at your resort, spend the day snorkelling or relax on the beach, the choice is yours!


Day 6 - Explore the Whitsunday Islands

Another day of relaxation and activities awaits you!

This is your last full day on Day Dream Island so be sure to do all the things you want to do!


Day 7 - Yeppoon

Check out of Day Dream Island and take the ferry back to Airlie Beach where you will pick up your car and begin your journey home.

Drive 5.5 hours to Yeppoon where you will stop over for the night. This is a great opportunity to recharge your batteries after a big few days and a long drive. Enjoy a nice meal and relax into your accommodation for the night.


Day 8 - Home Time

From Yeppoon drive 4 hours to Bunderberg. Pick up some lunch and enjoy a lovely picnic at one of Bunderberg's picturesque picnic locations.

After a relaxing picnic lunch, continue on for the last 3.5 hours of the journey all the way home.

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