Paradise Bay Eco Escape
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Today we visited Indian Heads. The most eastern point of Fraser and also of Australia.
We left Jess and Ben who are on route to Sydney to sell their van, they fly to New Zealand shortly. Off we went with Sasha in her Jucy and us in our spaceship got some provisions and fuel and hit the road it's only a two hour drive to our destination we plan to stop of on route and have a dip in some fresh water pools. Arrived at our first stop off point drove through some small streams parked up and walked along the Finch Hatton Gorge ...
... wants to.
Because... well, on the winding roads towards Finch Hatton and Eungella, in the middle of nowhere, our tank only shows 3 from 10 bars and my husband starts getting nervous.
We have no idea when the next gas station will come and still have 30 kilometers to drive till the national park and another 90 back to Mackay afterwards. Then suddenly, in a tiny little village, we find a great shop: postoffice, fish&chips take away, grocery shop, gas ...
... I then visited Dave the watersports guy & decided to try out paddle boarding. Basically you are supposed to stand on a big surf board looking thing & paddle yourself along with an oar. So much harder than it looks!! We needed a push to get out in the sea & for the first 5 minutes we just laughed & floated as we desperately tried to keep our balance! After much hilarity, we sat down on the boards & managed to paddle to each other, joined our oars & used ...
... not to arrive directly into Whitehaven for conservation purposes, so we walked for 20mins through the island before we arrived.
Whitehaven beach is too beautiful to describe. It runs for 7k along Whitsunday Island, the largest of the islands in the Whitsundays. The sand is said to be 98% silica, giving it a white appearance & it was so soft to walk on, it felt like powder. Unlike regular sand, it doesn't retain heat, so no burnt ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Paradise Bay Eco Escape Long Island
We recently spent 5 days at South Long Island with just 5 other guests.
We had a fabulous stay at Paradise Bay, a perfect honeymoon.
My wife and i arrived for our honeymoon and were greeted by Bec (our hostess) and Evan(our chef) Who were both amazing people who were both very passionate about what they do. We also had the pleasure of meeting David the owner. We enjoyed daily trips on the yaht with kyall our boat captain, who was very entertaining and knoledgable of the surronding areas. Then we would return to what would be a series of Stuning meals prepared by our chef Evan. Each meal was flawless! We also had the opportunity to dine with all the staff, Which started great with Bec's Lovely nature, David's amazing stories, and having the chance to be able to talk to the face behind our meals.
I was looking for a nature escape for five days as an add-on to a business trip to Australia. I was travelling alone and wanted a comfortable resort environment where I could have privacy but not feel socially isolated, especially when dining.
We were looking for somewhere away from the bright lights to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary - somewhere quiet, perhaps environmentally conscious and with plenty of relaxation pursuits. The staff made us feel good about our choice right from our first contact with them (I found the Lodge by googling 'Queensland Eco Lodges').We particularly liked the sound of being able to sail nearly every day if we chose, at no extra cost. Our first impression was fantastic - coming in by helicopter and seeing a secluded bay surrounded by 100s hectares of lush bush and with only 10 little cottages. Right from our warm and sincere welcome until we left, the staff were fabulous - always smiling, willing to do whatever they could to make the holiday perfect and always very relaxed and seeming to enjoy everything just as much as the guests. With the superb weather that we had, we did indeed sail nearly every day so spent most of our time with Kyle, the Boat master - he was an excellent entertainer, teller of tall tales,managed to inject plenty of humour into each day and also seemed to be an extremely capable boatman and sailor ! He even managed to find us plenty of whales, turtles, good snorkelling, dolphins, leaping sting-rays but unfortunately, no mermaids.
We have just returned from a very relaxing ten days at Paradise Bay (South Long Island) in the Whitsundays. It is an eco-friendly resort with many interesting birds and native animals which kept us amused. It caters for a small number of people only (no children), and if you enjoy peace and quiet, sailing the islands, snorkelling, bush walking and the company of a diversified group at meal times then it's the place to go. The catamaran, skippered by Kyall, goes out every day except Sundays to various attractions in the area, which is a lot of fun. Bec and Ian, who manage the resort, together with Jade and Jack do a terrific job looking after the guests. The table service is great and the chef does an excellent job. We feel now that seven days would probably be about right for most folk.
A terrific and relaxing experience
The setting, the amenities, the food and the people are all better than the web site described. I was prepared to really rough it but found very comfortable lodging, well prepared and tasty food and very accomodating hosts. You get personal service with all the privacy or not that you choose. Each day is a new adventure on the sail boat. The combination of private ocean front setting with rain forest on 3 sides makes for terrific animal and bird watching and listening. It was hard to leave this place.
We wanted a peaceful, relaxing few days without the need to make decissions! We got it. Met off the helicopter by the very friendly welcoming staff who, without being obtrusive, gave us all the service we could have hoped for.
My husband and I enjoyed six days at South Long Island Nature Lodge at the end of August. It was exactly what we had hoped for -- a terrific place to relax and unwind, hike and sail, snorkel and kayak. It is not about luxury or pampering -- it is about getting back to nature, relaxing in a hammock, good conversation around a campfire under the stars, tracking the tides and the wind, watching the kookaburras and wallabies, etc. The food was excellent and the staff (Rebecca, Evan, Ian, Bec, and Kyle) could not have been better. You could tell they really cared about their guests. From the moment we boarded the helicopter we knew the whole experience was going to be very special, and it was. Evan's meals were really something to look forward to. We liked many of the wines -- my favorite was the unwooded chardonnay. I don't understand some of the comments here from people who seemed surprised that bottles of wine were $40 -- this is clearly spelled out on the website, so you just need to budget for it. David has done a remarkable job of modeling an ecologically responsible boutique nature lodge. We highly recommend it.