Adam and Katie's great adventure 2017 travel blog

The hammer

Caption Dave

The view

Sunset

Another sunset

The bed

Us

Snorkeling

Coral

Gary!


We arrived in Airlie Beach after a four hour train ride from Townsville. We decided to stay at another Air BnB. Unfortunately this one was not quite as good as our first experience. From the outside the house looked like it came straight out of a horror film, however once inside it was clean and provided us with everything we needed for a good sleep.

We boarded the Hammer, an ex racing boat to sail around the Whitsunday Islands. In the past the boat was used to race between Brisbane and Gladstone on the east coast of Australia.

We left the harbour and put up the sails, at which point the boat leaned 45 degrees over and we cruised towards our first stop Tongue Bay. Tongue Bay is on the the largest island in Whitsunday. We walked up to the view point which looked out over Whitehaven Beach, this beach is famous for its white swirls and beautiful blue water. We then headed down to the beach to relax for a few hours. The sand is made up from 98.8% silica which meant is was very soft and surprisingly cold. We also saw some sting rays in the shallow waters. This is by far the best beach we have ever seen in our lives as the sand is so white and visitors so few.

We then sailed to the bay where we would stay overnight. The sail here was breathtaking as the sun set with the most beautiful red sky. We had dinner then lay on deck looking up at the night sky, there was so many stars brighter than we have ever seen, the boat gently rocking us.

Our bed was interesting a double mattress which did not give a great deal of room although it was comfy and warm.

The next day we headed to our first snorkeling site called Butterfly Bay which boasted lots of beautiful coral made up with different colours and some beautiful fish. It did take a while to get into the water as it was so cold. At the second snorkel site, Lunchern Bay the staff on the boat threw lots of fish food in around us which made the fish surround us, this was a surreal experience.

Finally we put up the sails and headed back to the harbour, the wind had picked up so this made for a very exciting journey home.



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