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A guide to solo travelling in Australia

Australia is one of the best places in the world if you enjoy solo travelling or are heading out on a solo adventure. This is true for both Australians and international travellers - it's a great place for all soloists, no matter where you're from! We here at Sailing-Whitsundays love travelling (in both groups or travelling alone!) and have spent a lot of time trekking around this amazing country. Using our expertise and experience, we have created a guide to help you with your solo travels.

Changes to 457 visa in Australia 

The 457 visa will be scrapped in Australia. On 18 April 2017 the Prime Minister of Australia announced that the 457 visa be no longer and will instead be replaced by the TSS visa, or Temporary Skill Shortage Visa, which will address genuine skill shortages.

How do I get a job in Australia?

If you're coming to Australia to visit or stay, getting a job is probably your top priority. Australia is big and full of jobs, especially those targeted at travellers and temporary residents. Jobs in tourism, hospitality, farming, agriculture and sales are usually readily available and are ideal for part-time or temporary work. 

Can my flight get bumped?

Flight bumping is a reality of flying with commercial airlines. We hear stories of guests getting bumped from flights due to overbooking or overcrowded flights all the time, and you might be wondering if it can happen to you.

Flying into the Whitsundays

The most common airport to fly into to visit the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach is Proserpine Airport (PPP) located 40km outside of Airlie Beach. Below are a list of flights that are available throughout the week .

Price Matching

Sailing Whitsundays is here to get you on the holiday of your dreams, where you can explore and relax and enjoy the beauty that Australia has to offer. We try our best to give you the best price possible in order to help you enjoy your holiday a little more and ensure you’re getting the best for your money. That’s where price matching comes in.

Law Changes To Payment Surcharges

Laws are recently been put into place by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to ensure merchants have the right to surcharge for payment (credit card fees) while also ensuring that customers are not surcharged excessively. Sailing Whitsundays, which by definition of the RBA, is considered to be a small business, has to abide by the new laws, which come into effect in September 2017.

Boat options for solo travellers in the Whitsundays

The Whitsundays are one of the most beautiful and diverse regions in all of Australia. At the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and home to Whitehaven Beach, it attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, most just passing through as they travel around the rest of the country. Ideal for backpackers, whether travelling in groups or solo, the Whitsundays are a top destination for any traveller!

Camping on Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is one of the most iconic beaches in Australia, if not the world. Famous for its white silica sands and untouched beaches, Whitehaven is one of the most visited and photographed places in all of Australia.It’s great for swimming, sunbathing, exploring and even camping!

Aerial tours of the Whitsundays

Aerial tours are a great way to see the Whitsundays, especially if you're short on time, or want a unique vantage point of one of the most beautiful places in Australia. There are several different types of aerial tours you can go on, depending on length, budget and where you want to go. 

Getting to Fraser Island, Whitsundays and Cairns

Queensland, Australia, is a vast state made up of small townships as you head up the coral-clad coast, adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef.

Finch Hatton Gorge

The Whitsunday Islands, with their picturesque landscape, crystal blue water and stunning diversity of wildlife, has long been regarded as an international tourist destination. However, many visitors to the Whitsunday remain oblivious to the surrounding regional area, and some of the fantastic destinations and activities on offer.

Heading North? East Coast Tours

Heading North? Plan the rest of your holiday with massive savings when you book with Sailing Whitsundays

The fun may start in the Whitsundays, but it certainly doesn't have to end here! With such a variety of activities and tours available in Northern Queensland, you would be crazy to miss out on the action. Our travel experts here at Sailing Whitsundays can help you organize everything from transportation to accommodation and tours for your journey up the coast. Book ahead to save yourself all the hassle and, better yet, more money!

Great Barrier Reef Tours

Here at Sailing Whitsundays and Mr Travel we are at the very heart of the Great Barrier Reef! Located right in the heart of Airlie Beach, the Gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and The Great Barrier Reef.

For thirty five years the owner of Mr Travel has been sailing the waters of the reef in both racing and cruising vessels. This wealth of experience shows in the knowledge and information we bring to our website. 

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