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5D/4N Airlie ‘Budget Sailing’ Package

Small group sizes and epic savings make this ultimate Airlie Adventure Budget Sailing Package a deal too good to pass up, so check out this unbeatable offer below!

  • Money Icon From $599
  • Clock Icon Duration: 5 days


  • Take an afternoon dip in the hostel pool!
  • Visit Whitehaven Beach & The Famous Hill Inlet
  • Budget Sailing adventure
  • 2 Nights Dorm Accommodation at Nomads Airlie Beach
  • Free WIFI at Happy Travels Airlie Beach
  • Discounted local tours & add ons


This Airlie Beach Budget Sailing package is perfect for solo travelers and small groups alike to meet and socialise with other like-minded travelers and experience all that the best-of-oz has to offer. Get ready to venture out into the stretch of islands that make up the Whitsundays on a Budget Sailing adventure, experiencing some of the underwater world that Australia beholds. Learn from your super informative crew and guides about the projects around environmental restoration and marine life, enjoy postcard style views, and get amongst the nightlife of Airlie Beach when you return! This belting package includes sailing, snorkelling, meals, and accommodation all for under $500! Looks like a stellar deal to us!


Day 1: Travel Day/Arrive


Your Budget Sailing package begins at Nomads Airlie Beach Backpackers.

Your hostel is just a short walk from the Greyhound & Premier Bus Stop or your nearest Airport to fly into is Proserpine Airport (PPP) – Please arrive at reception to check in after 1PM and before 9PM on the first day of your adventure. If you need help booking your flight, then just let us know and we’ll see if we can help you find a great deal.

Highlights include:

Checking in to your accommodation and get to know your roomies.

Visit some of the local bars and restaurants

Take an afternoon dip in the hostel pool!

Take it easy and and get an early night as your first tour will start the following day!

Enjoy the free WIFI throughout the hostel.

Day 2: Adventure Sailing Day - Half Day

Budget Sailing Adventure Highlights include:

2 Nights liveaboard sailing

All Bedding & Linen

Visit Whitehaven Beach & The Famous Hill Inlet

Guided National Park Bushwalk

Inner Coral Reef Snorkels

Snorkel guide/Instructor

BYO Drinks

All snorkelling gear

Fully Guided Experience

You will need to be up bright and early today, so don’t forget to eat brekkie first as this is not included on Day 1.

Make sure you bring your travel voucher with you when you check in for your boat trip so they can verify your booking number!

You will need to meet at your Whitsundays check in office reception first thing (the details will be on your tour vouchers with what to bring and where to meet) here you will be checked in and given a basic safety briefing. Please be advised your boat trip will depart subject to the tides so departure time may vary!

You will have enough time to pack an overnight bag with the essentials for your trip. Meals are included in your sailing tour but don’t forget to pop to one of the local bottle shops to stock up with a few drinks and at Woolworths in town for some snacks. If you need somewhere to store your backpack or suitcase whilst on your overnight sailing tour, then simply ask the friendly crew at your hostel reception, who are happy to store your bags and keep them safe for $10.

You will then need to make your way to the marina (a short walk from your hostel) where you will meet the rest of your group. Here, you will jump aboard your Whitsundays sailing vessel. You will embark on your sailing adventure out to the islands supported by your friendly on-board crew. On your way out to the islands, you will get to know your fellow passengers from all over the world, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience.

Your guides will take you on a hands-on sailing experience and will be there with you at all times to ensure you have a safe and fun experience. These on-board legends will show you the best spots and answer any questions you have about these incredible islands.

You will arrive on the islands on day two and anchor up for the night where you may want to snorkel the coral reef or visit one of the epic islands. We always recommend a few ‘get to know ya’ drinks on the first day to break the ice but don’t go too crazy! Enjoy the sunset, have a nice dinner, and take it easy with your crew.

Day 3: Adventure Sailing Day - Full Day

On day three, wake up to the sun rising over the ocean and high above the islands. Enjoy an on-deck brekkie before your guides set sail to your next destination. 

Today is all about an epic guided bushwalk experience to the famous Hill Inlet. Here, you will get to access the world famous 7km Whitehaven beach! (you definitely don’t want to forget your camera for this one). Spend a few hours at the beach enjoying the silica sand and swimming in the crystal clear water. 

Jump back on board your boat for lunch and sail to your next destination. You may wish to get involved in sailing or sunbathe on deck, all while hanging out with your new mates. 

Next stop will usually be an epic snorkel spot. Here, you can enjoy the unreal coral on the fringing reefs as well as loads of incredible marine life such as turtles, tropical fish, and giant clams! 

By the end of the day, you will get together for dinner and drinks. Whilst this isn’t a party boat, it is recommended for a fun and social traveller, so enjoy some drinks as the sun goes down. Don’t forget to take a look up at night, because stargazing around the island is a once in a lifetime sight. With very little light pollution, you can see every star in the galaxy!

Day 4: Adventure Sailing Tour – Half Day + Return To Shore

We’d recommend waking up early today to make the most of your morning. First things first, so jump in the ocean to wake up and have a final snorkel! Enjoy a goodbye-brekkie with your pals on board before setting sail back to shore to Airlie beach. 

Spend the day in Airlie kickin’ it by the lagoon with your friends from your boat trip. Check back into your hostel accommodation and spend the afternoon cruising around town and enjoying your free time. 

This night would be perfect to explore Airlie’s epic nightlife. We’d recommend you to start your evening off at The Shed Bar (connected to your hostel), followed by a few at Magnums Bar (great live music and cheap drink deals during Happy Hour). If you fancy going all out, then make sure to stop off at Mama Africa’s & Boom nightclubs (all walking distance from your hostel).

Day 5: Travel Day/End Of Trip

The final day of your Budget Sailing package is here. Time to check out and say goodbye before making your way home or to your next destination. Check out will be at 10AM, and if you need somewhere to store your luggage, just speak to the friendly reception team at Nomads Airlie Beach, and they will help you.

Today, you will have total control on how you spend it. We’d recommend making the most of this day to explore what Airlie Beach has to offer.

If you want to make the most of your free day there are heaps of optional add-ons we can include. Just let us know which one you want to do:

Whitsundays Jetski Tour: from $110pp

15,000ft Skydive Over The Whitsundays: from $309pp

Pioneer Jet Boat: from $69pp

Package Inclusions

  • 2 Nights Dorm Accommodation at Nomads Airlie Beach
  • 2 Day 2 Night Adventure ‘Maxi’ Sailing
  • Free time to explore Airlie Beach
  • Transfers to/from your accommodation
  • 2x Breakfast, 2x Lunches, 2x Dinner
  • Free WIFI at Happy Travels Airlie Beach

What to bring

  • Passport/ID
  • Extra Clothes
  • Swimwear


Add a Bus Pass: SAVE 10% on any of the following passes when booking together with the package

Greyhound – WHIMIT Bus Passes starting from just $265

Alternatively, why not add a Campervan: Let us find a great deal on a campervan for you: Custom Campervan Quote

Own Transport:

We can build an itinerary taking into account the fact that you have your own transport already. If you need information on planning your journey please contact one of our friendly travel specialists.

Supplier Terms & Conditions

All of our discount package deals are comprised of a combination of various tour providers, accommodation providers, and transport providers. Each of these suppliers and/or providers have their own individual terms and conditions in addition to Happy Travels standard terms and conditions. To view Happy Travels’ terms and conditions, please click here. For more information for individual supplier terms & conditions, please contact us by making an inquiry. Alternatively, they will be listed on your travel vouchers at the time of purchase.

Frequently asked questions

What do I do if I need help with my existing package booking?

If you need help with an existing booking please email us at [email protected], if your enquiry is urgent please follow up your email with a quick call on +61 2 5633 1149 so we can assist you right away.

Do I need travel insurance?

We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travellers take out travel insurance. If you already have travel insurance, please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.

Do you offer payment plans?

Absolutely, we understand that paying off a big trip in one go isn’t always that easy. We offer flexible payment plans to suit all types of travellers with zero interest or fee’s (minimum $100AUD deposit required).

How do I know if my trip is BYO?

Most tour vouchers will specify if your trip is BYO however we recommend asking your tour provider if your trip is BYO when you reconfirm your booking 48 hours prior to departure.

Can I book a package but travel in the reverse direction?

Absolutely, just let us know your preferred start and finish location and we’ll make it work.

What is the best way to travel Australia?

There is definitely no wrong way. We recommend either taking a WHIMIT or Hop on Hop off bus pass such as Greyhound or renting a campervan with some mates and hitting the open road. If you feel like getting pretty adventurous and want to get amongst the true Australian terrain, a 4WD may be better suited for you. Enquire now and we can help you find the most suitable transport option.

What if something comes up and I can't make my tour?

We get it. Life is all about the unexpected, especially when you are travelling. If you are unable to make your pre-arranged tour you will need to reach out to our support email so we can give you a helping hand. In all cases we strongly recommend having a valid travel insurance policy which covers you for unexpected cancellations.

Can I add additional tours or make changes to this package?

Yes. All of our packages are customisable so if you would like to make any changes please contact our team.

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