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Best time to visit Port Douglas and Withsunday Islands?

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Best time to visit Port Douglas and Withsunday Islands?

I am planning a trip to Queensland during 2012. I have some flexibility to pick when exactly

Itinerary:

- 4-5 days in Port Douglas

- drive down to Airlie Beach (with stops in Dunk Island or Magnetic Island, or both?)

- Cruise Withsunday Islands (3N?).

Questions:

1) What is the best time of the year to do this itinerary considering nice weather to sail but no stingy fish around Withsunday (whale weatching a plus), and no rain in the north: a) April, b) July/August c) Sept/Oct

2) I did some research 2 years ago about the best boats and I shortlisted 2 companies: Whitsunday Magic and Pacific Sunrise.

Are these 2 still the best companies? or are there now any others?

Thank you

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1. Re: Best time to visit Port Douglas and Withsunday Islands?

My pick of your dates is Sept oct.

April can still be wet and IMHO July is too cool

Whitsunday Magic had an unfortunate event in Aug so this leaves you with sunrise.

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2. Re: Best time to visit Port Douglas and Withsunday Islands?

Another vote for September - beautiful weather at this time of the year with no stingers.

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3. Re: Best time to visit Port Douglas and Withsunday Islands?

July, August & September is the best whale watching season in The Whitsundays, and the later you go, the warmer it'll be.

Pacific Sunrise is a great boat. It's a big old tallship, with big cabins with private ensuites. Very nice. Smaller boats to consider are modern catamarans, but take only 8 passengers in private cabins too are: Whitsunday Blue, or Whitsunday Getaway. They also do 3 night trips in comfort.

Magnetic Island is nice for some rest & relaxation. You catch a car ferry across from Townsville, and having a car on the island gives you lots of flexibility to choose accommodation off the beaten track, and there are some lovely walks and beaches to be found around the whole island.

Have fun trip-planning!

TW

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