The Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Airlie & The Whitsundays

December 2013
Friday the 13th was a long day of travel for us as we left Cairns for Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. The flight took us from Cairns south to Brisbane where we had a five hour layover before another short flight up to Airlie Beach. After a day in transit, we arrived at by far our nicest accommodations yet and maybe the nicest we’ve ever had. We were perched on a mountainside with an infinity pool overlooking the Coral Sea and the Whitsunday Islands.

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The go-go-go that we’ve been doing was starting to catch up to us so aside from our Whitsunday cruise to the famous Whitehaven Beach and Daydream Island on Sunday, we took advantage of the idyllic location and tried to recharge our batteries.

Whitehaven Beach and Daydream Island
On Sunday the 15th, we headed to Abel Point Marina to catch our 7 AM departure for Whitehaven and Daydream with Cruise Whitsundays. You would think that given the amount of research and planning we did for this trip, we would have known about the March flies or Sand flies that inhabit Queensland’s northern beaches. I mean we were prepared for mosquitos and had plenty of repellant, but this was no match for the thousands of swarming flies. I think we killed 100 between two of us during our two hours on the beach. These are just the facts, not complaints… there will be no complaints on this trip.

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Despite the flies, the beach really is amazing. The silica sand is like baby powder and the water was the clear blue-green you see in postcards.

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After our morning stroll on Whitehaven, we boarded the boat and headed to Daydream Island. This island has one resort with a crushed coral beach, a few restaurants, swimming pools and an aquarium with a living reef. Here we had lunch and got a break from the sweltering heat in the resorts pool before grabbing the ferry back to Abel point in Airlie and to our mountainside retreat.

Travel tip: When choosing your Whitsunday’s trip, be sure to choose the tour that takes you to Hill Inlet. Hill Inlet is where you get the dramatic view of the ‘swirly’ sands of Whitehaven beach. We did not choose Hill Inlet and unfortunately did not see this view; another reason to come back.

What an insane week. In the past 7 days we toured Sydney, found Nemo on the Great Barrier Reef, cruised the croc infested Daintree river in the Daintree Rainforest and walked the world famous Whitehaven Beach. As I write this we are preparing to board our flight back down to Brisbane, Queensland’s capital city, where we pick up our rental car and head north up the Sunshine Coast to Noosa. After this, we do not fly for ten days. Stay tuned as we’ll provide an update on Noosa, Byron Bay and the rest of the Sunshine Coast in the next few days!

jess + steven

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