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Shae Killey3 years ago

Experience the picturesque Whitsundays on a budget

Think you can't afford a lush holiday? Think again! The Whitsundays are a collection of continental islands located off the coast of Far North Queensland, each with their own unique tropical characteristics. While the privately-owned islands can be pretty expensive, why not make the Airlie Beach region your base and see more for less? Whether you've always wanted to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef or you want to lay on a tropical beach with a cocktail in hand, you need to tick this holiday destination off your bucket list. What are you waiting for? Book you winter escape today.

When visiting this tropical oasis, there are so many fun-filled activities to do and attractions to see. The more money you save by staying at one of these 3 affordable yet luxurious Whitsundays accommodation options, the more things you can see and do!

Island Gateway Holiday Park

Set up in tropical surroundings, Island Gateway Holiday Park - Whitsundays
Set up in tropical surroundings, Island Gateway Holiday Park – Whitsundays

With cabins, villas, motel units, campotels, as well as powered and unpowered sites available, there’s really something for everyone at the Island Gateway Holiday Park. If you’re on a strict budget, we suggest bringing your own camping supplies and making use of the many wonderful park features. From an outdoor pool and tennis court to barbecue and playground facilities, there will never be a dull moment. Just a 5-minute drive south of the CBD, you can avoid the hustle and bustle of Airlie Beach’s nightlife, without being too far away from the action. Whether you’re with the family, your partner or travelling solo, you can’t go wrong with a few nights at the Island Gateway Holiday Park.
Where: 1 Jubilee Pocket Rd Airlie Beach QLD

Reef Gateway Hotel

Pool facilities, Reef Gateway Hotel - Whitsundays
Pool facilities, Reef Gateway Hotel – Whitsundays

If you’d prefer to stay where the action is and don’t want to pay a packet while doing so, then book a room at the Reef Gateway Hotel. Located on Shute Harbour Road, you’re only a stone’s throw away from the surrounding cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs that make Airlie Beach so popular. However, with an in-house bar and bistro, you might not want to go anywhere at all! Established over 20 years ago, the Reef Gateway Hotel is home to spacious, air-conditioned standard and deluxe rooms with FOXTEL, plus tea and coffee making facilities. If you’re not exploring the Great Barrier Reef or visiting the surrounding tropical Whitsunday Islands, you can spend your days relaxing by the pool here. With a tasty bistro, buzzing bar vibes and quality accommodation all in one place, where else would you stay but the Reef Gateway Hotel?
Where: 38 Shute Harbour Rd Airlie Beach QLD

Bush Village Budget Cabins

Relaxing atmosphere, Bush Village Budget Cabins - Whitsundays
Relaxing atmosphere, Bush Village Budget Cabins – Whitsundays

Located in a convenient spot just off the main highway and close to the Whitsunday Shopping Complex, you won’t be disappointed with a few nights at Bush Village Budget Cabins. Nestled among tropical surroundings, the family friendly cabins here can accommodate solo travellers right through to groups of five – featuring all the necessities you need during your stay. If you get tired from exploring all the great nearby Whitsundays attractions, you can take timeout and read a book in one of their hammocks, while the kids go crazy in the pool. Looking for some great activities to do during your stay? Speak to one of the Bush Village Budget Cabins staff and they can help you book a day adventure or sailing trip.
Where: 2 St Martins Rd Airlie Beach QLD

Prefer the more energetic vibes that come with backpacker accommodation? Click here to read about some hostel-style stays on the Whitsundays.

Have you stayed in budget-friendly Whitsundays accommodation before? Let us know where in the comments below!

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