$1 flight to Whitsundays

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Jeff, Jan 19, 2005.

  1. Jeff

    Jeff Guest

    Hi
    I scored some return flights to Whitsundays yesterday for early February. $1
    fare + surcharge + credit card fee came to $132 for two return. How good is
    that?

    Now as you can see I like a bargain, and i like to take my holidays in the
    quieter times. Where can i find good accomodation at a resonable price? ( 4
    nights ) I am interested in islands or sailing, want to be on the water or
    at least very close. ( I don't want to stay at Airlie Beach)

    I have seen some island specials, but hey it is still expensive for a
    Queenslander :)
    I am open to any ideas or suggestions

    Cheers
    Jeff
     
    Jeff, Jan 19, 2005
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    Geodyne Guest

    If you're into the islands and sailing, hire a bareboat yacht charter and
    you'll be set. If there's only the two of you you may still be able to get
    one for about the same price as a room in a resort. Very few of the resorts
    give you a cheap opportunity to move around.

    There's still not that much on the water in AB or Cannonvale. Terraces has
    nice water views (but is in AB); otherwise consider Hook Island or Long
    Island - they may have a decent special going on.

    Geodyne
     
    Geodyne, Jan 19, 2005
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  3. Jeff

    Traveller Guest

    Hehe, its quite unreal how the airlines would say they only charged you $1
    for the ticket but then charged you 1320% on taxes n service fee! When
    Virgin first launched their route to the Whitsundays last year, I paid $48
    return including taxes!

    Anyway $132 is still cheap to this gateway of paradise, a trip i will never
    forget in my life.

    There are many cruises that operates daily from mainland. i did a dive
    course on a boat called seasation - the cheapest up there n excellent crew n
    services, food was great too - http://www.seasation.com.au/

    I then did daily trips to the islands with http://www.fantasea.com.au/, it
    was great, esp the one to the outer reef, food was the best i had all week
    there, big fresh prawns, mussells...... but if u get sea sick easy, dont
    stay downstairs in the boat wen it reaches open sea lol! thats personal
    advice lol.

    whitehaven & hamilton island r a must too n fuller does trips to both with
    many other islands.

    for stay, the bakcpackers in the middle of airlie beach (main area u dont
    want to b too far from) has great atmosphere. dont miss their foam party on
    mondays, its quite an experience!

    best way to hunt for a bargain is through the travel agents, simply go in
    there n tell them ur after last minute specials n tell them to call u wen
    they hav any. i got many of my tickets at more than 50% off wen they try to
    fill in the cruises/tours the night b4 to ensure they got enuv to go in the
    morning. Hav fun!

    Traveller
     
    Traveller, Jan 19, 2005
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    Cameron Guest

    I am still trying to figure out how aus.photo fits in with cheap flights to
    the Whitsundays?

    Anyway, about the accomodation - considering you have saved so much on the
    flights why not stay on Hayman Island? Very nice (and they do have
    introductory morning classes on "How not to cross-post to irrelevant
    forums")

    Seriously, if you are trying to save money then go for Long Island or South
    Molle Island. For mid priced holiday go for Daydream Island or Hamilton
    Island and for top drawer then Hayman or Bedarra Island.
     
    Cameron, Jan 19, 2005
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  5. Try
    http://www.wotif.com/Search.jsp?refine=simpleSearch&country=1&region=2256
    You might have to wait a few days depending on when you start in February.

    Regards

    David Bennetts




    Regards

    David Bennetts
     
    David Bennetts, Jan 20, 2005
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  6. You can take lots of beaut photos when you get there.....?

    DS
     
    David Springthorpe, Jan 20, 2005
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    cyclone Guest

    cyclone, Jan 20, 2005
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  8. Jeff

    Jeff Guest

    ah yes! I thought i might get a few comments :)

    In fact my fellow photographers may even recall the pleasure they had in the
    Whitsundays, taking pics of Nara Inlet, Cid Harbour or Whitehave Beach to
    name a few! I find photographers to be quite an adventurous bunch!
    Guys, thanks for your valued ideas...

    Cheers
    Jeff
     
    Jeff, Jan 20, 2005
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    Jack Guest

    for those not in the know, there are now permanent $1 flights with Virgin,
    between 1-2pm daily - BUT you have to find which route - that's the tricky
    part!
     
    Jack, Jan 24, 2005
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