The Whitsundays/ Cannonvale
The Whitsunday Islands lie just off the coast of Queensland. The major commercial island is Hamilton Island, 500km south of Cairns. It is comprised of 74 islands and offers aquamarine water and a cloudless horizon to hypnotise your imagination.
In a word, perfect. The islands savour a year round warm tropical climate. January temperatures average 28 degrees and fall no lower than 18 in July. The islands lie on the same latitude as Honolulu and Mauritius so it is no exaggeration to say the islands look and feel like a tropical paradise.
The entry in and out of The Whitsundays will be by ferry or airplane. Hamilton Island is the only commercial airport and this is the hub of activity. A bus and rail network links all the airlines and provides information about getting to and from the airport. The island is a tourist mecca and is easy for visitors to navigate.
Jobs in resorts are common however it is important to consider travelling time into your search for a job because many of the islands geared towards resorts such as Daydream Island are not the same as the learning centres. The Whitsundays can be expensive but the beautiful surroundings make it free to be in paradise. For this reason, we would not recommend this option if you are relying on supplementing your income through part-time work. Indeed.com is the best site to find hospitality jobs. Pay rates and conditions can vary considerably so be sure to enquire before accepting your position.
Hostels are easy to come by in this holiday destination. Prices start at about $90 per night. Private homestays with a family or student housing may be arranged and will cost a minimum of $170 per week.
The Whitsundays offers world class snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, a sea kayak sunset paddle around Hamilton Island and classes to learn to sail. Local and international music acts offer night time entertainment at Reef Lounge, Main Pool or Tavern. Of course, the most enticing allure of The Whitsunday’s is the joy of doing nothing at all. It is a world class relaxation destination. The student wow card is the largest student discount programme in Queensland. Basic membership is only $12 and gives access to over 260 discounts and deals. Its deals are not so applicable to this area, but students are likely to want to explore Greater Queensland. Experience Oz is a useful website for adventure tourism deals.