Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands - Paradise

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
Trip End Sep 05, 2007

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Great Barrier Reef was awesome!
An experience which was hard to describe and definatley one of the best days travelling, on days like that you know why youve spent so much money, time and effort getting to places - underwater was truly amazing, I popped my head out of the water and saw the sky and the sun, then dipped it back under and was transported to a world full of multicoloured fish and stunning corals - we got the pix developed from our underwater camera and they are brilliant!
The Helicopter was a great experience too! As a nervous flyer, I managed to contain myself and just take it all in.

So, after that we left Cairns, and travelled south through Townsville and on to Airlie Beach. This resort is just that, a tourist resort, theres nothing much there - cafes and a few pubs, souvenir shops and all the usual! People come here to use it as a gateway to the outstanding Whitsunday Islands which lie offshore.

We were two of the many passengers on the many boats which operate to the islands, as time in Oz for us is short and money is tight we decided to just go for the day and see the main sight.
First stop we climbed the hill inlet lookout - you walk uphill through the bushland and up until you come to an amazing lookout point which looks across what they call the hill inlet - a mixture of different beaches, stunning lagoons, different coloured seas and pure silica you can see from the pix no words can describe this place.

After the Hill Inlet we visited the stunningly beautiful Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, Whitehaven beach is where everyone visits, its pure silica sand, the waters of so clear its unreal, and we were lucky enough to spot a stingray lurking in the waters before it sped off at a fast pace! Those things are huge and they move real fast.

We ate lunch on the boat after Whitehaven Beach as we sailed around the beautiful islands which make up the Whitsundays, not all of them of course as there are 74 in the group! But some of them.
Later in the afternoon we stopped at Border Island and snorkelled on the southern fringes of the Great Barrier Reef, the fish here were still amazing, the coral was nice and there were huge groups of clownfish and parrotfish amongst others.
After all that excitement it was time for us to leave Airlie Beach (After an Aussie Pie and Chips followed by a beer in a pub!) and head further south.
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