An Amazing Sunday in the Whitsundays
Pinterest costs me a lot of money. Every time I see a pretty picture from somewhere in Australia, I figure out a way to go there and see the picture in person. This time, it was this stunning picture from the Whitsundays.
Jetstar was certainly an enabler when earlier this year they introduced a Melbourne - Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast flight. The day they introduced them the prices were ridiculously cheap so I quickly jumped in and picked a weekend in October. That was in March.
Finally October came and we took the 2.5 hour flight North. We stayed near Airlie Beach and explored the town centre when we landed. We strolled around the Saturday morning market, and the mix of beach ware and coconut oil made me think for a minute I was back in Bali. Then we walked down the main drag and stopped in The Great Northern Brewery for some beers and lunch. Our plans for lunch were soon thwarted when we realised we had an hour until the kitchen opened, but Phil was happy to have a couple beers instead. Then we decided to drive out towards Shute Harbour and ate the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches I had packed just in case while enjoying some sunshine and the pretty harbour view.
|The trail to The Beak|
|A Hoop Pine with the bay in the background|
|Coral and shells on the beach|
We hiked a bit up the hill until we came to a bizarre set of stairs that took us to the lookout.
|The Beak Lookout|
The next morning we had an early start for our all day Whitsunday Island boat tour. It was a large boat that first stopped at Daydream Island and then Hamilton Island. Hamilton Island caught our attention from the dock, so I think that will have to be one of our next adventures. The boat then headed out through open water, and being a very windy day it was a rocky ride. Luckily we were both fine, but when the boat pulled up to the shore of Whitsunday Island we were happy to have arrived.
|Plane landing at Whitsunday Island|
|Sparkling clear water|
|Sexy Stinger Suits|
|Cool jumpy lizard|
The tope of the trail lead us to a giant rock face with views to either side of the island.
|View to the West side of Whitsunday Island|
|View to the East side of Whitsunday Island|
After our time on the beach, the small boat took us a few kilometres up the coast to Hill Inlet, the site of the original pinterest picture we were seeking. As we pulled up though, I realised it was high tide and we weren't quite going to get that same view. It was also threatening rain, so we hurried up the hill to we could see it before it started pouring. It was still beautiful to see all of the different shades of turquoise swirling around. I would love to see it again at low tide though - who wants to go back with me?!
|In front of Hill inlet|
|The pretty rocks with the Inlet in the background|
We took the small boat back to Whitehaven Beach, passing several sea turtles along the way. It was amazing to see them bobbing about in the water. Then we boarded the big boat back to Hamilton Island, Daydream Island, and finally back to Airlie Beach, where we were rewarded with an amazing sunset and some of the best burgers we've ever had.
|Great way to end the day|