In the past, I have been very guilty of wasting my weekends binge drinking and sleeping the days away. An epiphany smacked me in the face on new years day 2015. I realised that I had worked full time for almost a year and didn’t have a single cent or significant achievement to show for it. That’s when I decided that I was going to severely reduce the amount of time I spent wasting money drinking on weekends, save a designated amount of money each week and DO MORE TRAVELLING.
Over the weekend I travelled up north to one of my all time favourite destination – The Whitsundays. I’m sure a lot of you immediately thought “way too expensive”. Below, I have put together a list of approximate costs and things to do that are achievable with a few weeks saving & a few weeks of not drinking to help you create memories you’ll actually remember 😉
|How To Get There|
|Jetstar/VirginBrisbane (BNE) to Proserpine Airport (PPP)||Budget for $150-$200 return||From Brisbane the flight is about 1 hour 40 minutes|
|Whitsunday Transfers||$20 one way$35 return||About 30 minutes from PPP airport to Airlie Beach|
|Magnums Backpackers||2 Adults $112.00||2 Nights|
Total cost for travel & accommodation: Under $250.00
Remember to book in advance to get the cheapest prices
|What To Do|
|Whitehaven Tours||Cruise Whitsundays||$99pp + optional $10 return transfer from Airlie beach accommodation to the Port of Airlie||½ Day Trip|
|Sky Diving||Skydive Airlie Beach||$350.00pp||Approximately 2-3 hours|
|Cedar Creek Falls||Yourself!||Hire a car for about $25 for the day and take yourself there!||As long as you want!|
Check out Hello Sunshine for 100 things to do at the Whitsundays!
Long Island / Whitehaven Beach / Hamilton Island
Fortunately for me, my boyfriend lives in Proserpine so that makes getting around a little bit easier. Arriving into Proserpine around 10:30, we then started to organise ourselves for our weekend away at Long Island Palm Bay Resort. Long Island is about 30 minutes drive by boat from Shute Harbour. It is a beautiful, relaxing and serene self-catering resort. We went for the cheapest option ($209 per night) for decent sized villa (queen size bed, bathroom, bar fridge, air conditioning & hammock). As we pulled up to the beach, the wonderful staff were waiting for us with a buggy to take our luggage to our room. The resort has a massive entertainment/dining area for cooking and relaxing. There is a small shop available in case you forgot to bring some essentials! Soon enough it was sunset so we sat on the beach & drank some wine! We didn’t do much more other than relax but there are a few walks around the island that I would love to do next time!
Up before sunrise, we decided to brave the winds and head to Whitehaven beach. From Long Island, it is about an hour to an hour and a half drive by boat. The wild ride was worth it when we came around the corner to the beautiful, pristine white beach protected from the wind. We spent about 5 hours here but could’ve stayed for days. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen! Next stop – Hamilton Island
Back out into the open and braving what felt like a hurricane, we made our way back towards Long Island & stopped at Hamilton Island for a late lunch. Without making a reservation, we were able to park the boat for under $20.00 for an unlimited time, wonder around the island, have some lunch and a couple of drinks before we headed back to long island! Unfortunately we arrived too late but next time we would love to do the transfer from Hamilton Island to Dent Island, have lunch and a tour around the golf course for only $65pp. Hamilton is amaaazinng – a must do for those who haven’t been!