The Whitsundays

After Brisbane, we flew up to Proserpine and then took a shuttle bus to Airlie Beach, one of the main points of access to the Whitsunday islands. It was backpacker central! There wasn’t really much to do there but it was a good base to visit the Whitsundays. Our room was a bit grim, we were sharing with 8 other people, and it wasn’t in the best condition!

Airlie beach is a fairly quiet town with a few shops and bars dotted around. We spent a few days chilling at the lagoon, which was a large outdoor swimming area. It had loads of places to sunbathe and overlooked the sea, which was beautiful.

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We decided to do a day trip to the Whitsundays and went on a trip called ‘Ocean Rafting’, which was on a boat that had inflatable sides like a raft. Before we left we had to get get kitted out in stinger suits, which are like wetsuits but are to protect you from jellyfish and stingrays, as it is the season for them. We looked tremendous!

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We left and had a really bumpy ride across the sea, our faces being covered in water. Our first stop was to Whitehaven beach, and we hiked through the bush to a lookout point. I even saw a Komodo Dragon/lizard looking thing which was massive.

It was an absolutely incredible view once we reached the top, one of the best things we have seen on our trip so far.

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We headed down to the beach and had some free time to eat lunch and do some swimming. As Laura stepped off the boat she narrowly missed two stingrays that were swimming past! The water was so shallow and it was lovely just sitting in it. Afterwards we headed to two different places to snorkel. We saw lots of incredible fish and on the second spot saw a huge stingray about the size of a small car swim underneath us. It was amazing but terrifying at the same time!

After snorkelling for a while it was time to head back to the shore. I was sitting on the wrong side of the boat and got absolutely drenched! We had such a great day despite the soaking.

After our day trip we spent a few more days chilling at the lagoon and then headed off on our next adventure- Daydream Island! This is an island in the Whitsundays which is entirely a resort, and has nothing else on the island except the hotel. It was a half hour journey by ferry and when we arrived it was like going back in time to the 80’s! We were greeted with a shell necklace and were told that our luggage would be taken to our room for us. We were not used to this kind of luxury! We had to wait to check in so had a wander around the island. It was magical!

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We went to the open reef that they have on the island which is a living coral reef. It was full of fish and we were a bit horrified to see that there was also a shark in there, called Bruce! There were also lots of stingrays and there was a number of anemones so we could look out for Nemo. We found him, and Dory too!

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We watched the stingrays being fed and then went to check in. We were helped by Ray, a man behind reception who also looked like he was stuck in the 80’s. Our room was luxurious compared to what we had been staying in. We had a double bed each, a bath and loads of free toiletries. It was just what we needed.

We spent the day sunbathing around various points on the island and the views we had were just incredible. It was paradise. We even saw wild wallaby’s roaming around the island! There were lots of activities you could do on the island including kayaking, mini golf and an open air cinema, which unfortunately wasn’t on when we were there. Here are some of the best bits:

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We decided to have the Australian BBQ buffet for dinner while we there and both tried to eat as much as possible, and the same with breakfast! We were very sad to leave Daydream Island and headed back to Airlie Beach.

We had a few more days of sunbathing at the lagoon and then it was time for us to head back to Brisbane. Dave and Sallyanne had agreed to take us in again, and we could not have been happier! We even got the chance to go in their pool this time round.

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We spent two glorious nights in their wonderful family home before getting our bus to Byron Bay.

K

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