How Long Should I Play?

Deciding how long to holiday at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort in Airlie Beach is a difficult question!

While we probably all wish we could be on permanent holidays, for most of us that’s just not the case.

The minimum night stay

We offer varying minimum night stays at different times of year.

During the peak Christmas and New Year period, we have a minimum of a 7 night stay. During most other school holidays, we offer a 3-5 night minimum stay, but this can vary depending on long weekends and other factors. It’s best to call us to find out, if you are planning on coming to BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort during one of our peak times.

At other non-peak times throughout the year, we offer a 2 night minimum stay.

There are no minimums on standard powered camp sites except over Easter long weekend.

During busy periods, we may reduce the minimum night stay in order to fill gaps in bookings. There is never a guarantee, but if a cabin has a vacancy for only a few nights, in between two longer bookings, you may get lucky and be able to have it for less than the prescribed minimum. The only way to secure these is to ring us at the last minute and ask!

What to do

There’s sooooo much to do in Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays, and here at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort too. We offer a weekly activities guide to give you some ideas of what to do and where to go, and our front office team know all the best tours and day trips to get you out and about exploring the Whitsundays. Being a BIG4 Loyalty Club Member gives you 10% discount on many tours.

If you want to get a good overall picture of the Whitsundays and enjoy the resort too, you might want to consider staying 5 days or longer.

kids love our two waterslides

Day One

It might be hard to get the kids out of the resort at first, so let them play and explore while you begin to unwind and relax.

We have a giant pool with two waterslides, two giant jumping pillows – the largest in Airlie Beach, a large adventure playground, mini golf, pedal karts for hire, an Animal Park, and so much more. There are lots of new friends to be made. They’ll LOVE it!

Day Two

Begin your sightseeing of the Whitsundays with a full day Great Barrier Reef snorkelling or diving trip.

There are a few options to choose from, depending on whether you want to dive or snorkel, how old the kids are, and how far the budget will stretch. You can visit the Great Barrier Reef by boat, or by seaplane or helicopter. It’s an experience not to be missed!

Great Barrier Reef, Whitsundays
Daydream Living Reef

Day Three

Take an island day trip to Hamilton Island or Daydream Island. Both islands have day spas to treat yourself, and heaps to keep the kids busy too.

Daydream Island offers a unique experience with their outdoor aquarium, the Living Reef. The kids can see, touch and learn about marine life of the Great Barrier Reef in a hands-on guided tour. It’s a very unique experience.

Day Four

Visit the Whitsundays most famous beach, Whitehaven Beach! Spend a day exploring the squeaky white sands and crystal clear aqua waters of this iconic location.

There are many tour options to get you to Whitehaven, some paired with snorkelling along the way, so be sure to explore the options for a Whitehaven Beach experience when you stay with us at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort.

Whitehaven Beach
kids in the Airlie Beach lagoon

Day Five

After three days of day trips you’ll be ready for a recovery day and the kids will be hankering to get back into our resort pool again! If you can drag them away, take them into Airlie Beach and visit the lagoon.

There are lots of nice cafes and restaurants to enjoy a meal, before you pack up and head back home. (Unless, of course, you’ve discovered how much else there still is to do in the Whitsundays, and you want to extend your stay…)

More activities

  • Go on a croc safari along the Proserpine River, winter is the best time, as the crocs like to sun themselves on the banks of the river, and you’re guaranteed to see loads of them!
  • Go sailing. The Whitsundays is famous for it. You can join in the locals’ twilight sailing races on a Wednesday night, or take a day trip on a majestic tallship like Derwent Hunter.
  • Drive up to Bowen for the day, or Hideaway Bay and Dingo Beach. There are many beaches to explore, and Bowen even has a free waterpark on the foreshore.
  • Teach the kids how to fish. We can organise a fishing charter for you, where you’ll be fishing for delicious tropical reef fish species. It’s exciting and dinner is taken care of.
  • Skydiving, stand up paddle boarding, jetskiing, kayaking, diving courses, more island resort visits, the hinterland and rainforest, bushwalks….

The list goes on. We could fill an itinerary for weeks and weeks for you, so you’ll just have to come back and stay at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort again.

 Whitsunday Crocodile Safari

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