Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Whitsunday Islands National Park, Queensland, Australia

Jul 12, 2018 - The Whitsundays and a big mango

Mackay is nicknamed the sugar capital of Australia because this region produces more than a third of Australia's cane sugar. There is an extensive network of narrow gauge railways all around the area built purely for moving harvested cane. The main street of the town had some lovely Art Deco buildings. Arriving at our accommodation at Airlie Beach and looking out at the wonderful view from our balcony we can't help feeling that the Whitsunday Coast is truly paradise. Palm lined beaches and an endless horizon of turquoise water dotted with...

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Apr 24, 2018 - The Whitsundays & Great Barrier Reef

Weighing up all our options, we decided the best way to see the Southern end of the Great Barrier Reef was to go on a ‘panoramic tour’ with Air Whitsundays. We took off in a sea plane from Shute Harbour Airport, landing at Whitehaven Beach and on the reef at Hardy Lagoon. It was an amazing experience. Neither words nor photos will do it justice!

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Feb 15, 2018 - Whitsunday Island Australia

History: Just finished cruising the coral sea and the world renowned Great Barrier Reef. Whitsunday Island was stumbled upon by Captain Cook in 1770 49 days after Easter (Whitsunday), pure white sand beaches meet cerulean waters, finest beaches in Australia Water is pristine beautiful island and wildlife so much fun with great new friends.

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Feb 15, 2018 - Hamilton Island Paradise – Whitsunday Islands

Woke up today and it looked like we might be back in Bora Bora. The water was back to wonderful shades of Blue. We are in the Whitsunday Islands area, part of the Great Barrier reef. It’s a group to 70 Islands, several of which are inhabited. The ocean is various shades of blue, but not as sparkly, crystal clear as Bora Bora. Today’s excursion was to Hamilton, a privately owned island which has been developed as a resort destination. First thing the original owner did was blast one of the mountains into the ocean to build an airport...

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Oct 5, 2017 - Call me El Capitan!

About 5am, while still sleeping under the stars... it started to sprinkle. I woke up hearing everyone grabbing their stuff and heading below deck. I decided to risk it and fell back to sleep. About 30 minutes later, I woke up, looked at the mountain covered in heavy rain and decided not to risk getting drenched, so I headed below as well. Woke up just before 7, got up, had a small little breakfast, then helped again to put the sails up. We sailed for just under an hour to small little harbor. Anchored up and took the dingy to shore. Walked...

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Oct 4, 2017 - I'm on a boat!

Off to Whitsundays! First we had to drive a few hours from magnetic island. We only stopped for lunch at a small shopping center. Sophie and I had sushi again from Woolworths! Loaded up on some extra sunscreen and headed off to the sailboat! We arrived at the sailboat just after 4pm. The vessel was about 81ft long! The keel was about 20ft so we had to take a little dingy from the harbor to the anchored boat. This boat was enormous! The whole boat was just for us. We got on board, went in the hull to find an empty bunk. Dropped my bags, and...

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Jun 28, 2017 - Sky dive!!

So today I decide to do my first ever sky dive over Whitsunday Islands, Adam decided to support me from the ground. We got to the airport field and I got into a very sexy pair of blue trousers and a harness. The guy I jumped with look so chilled he was the only one not in a uniform, instead he had shorts and a t-shirt on. He told me he had done lots of sky dives and that I was in safe hands. Surprisingly I wasn't too nervous, I was excited, maybe it helps when you don't know what to expect. The plane pulled up and my guy talked me through...

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Jun 27, 2017 - Sailing around Whitsunday's

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...

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Aug 9, 2016 - Festival Time at Airlie Beach

As there were forecasted winds of up to 30 kts, we decided to spend a week in Airlie Beach which also gave us a chance to met up with our good friends Liz & Paul also from Oatley. They are travelling around Australia in their motor home having left Sydney in March. It was lovely to catch up with them again, last time being on the Gold Coast. Liz and Paul will be moving on to Darwin shortly, and it will be some time before we meet again. It was fortunate for us that Airlie Beach’s Reef Festival was on and there was much to amuse us including...

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Nov 27, 2012 - Great Barrier Reef

Well we made it to the Great Barrier Reef off Hamilton Island. Knuckle Reef to be exact. It was a 2.5 hour catamaran ride in rough seas to get to the outer reef. Lots of people with seasickness but not my water babies! They did great. Bella loved snorkeling until she saw 2 really big black fish & then that was it for her. Back on the boat. She did however go back on the water slide they had on the platform many times. It shoots you out into the "deep blue sea" as Bella says. Phillip had a great time also. We snorkeled out so far they sent...

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May 14, 2012 - Whitsundays!

Efter en fornøjelig tid på ”Maggie”, gik turen mod den første af østkystens to helt store (og dyre) turistattraktioner. Whitsunday Islands og Fraser Island. Vores fornøjelse med disse smukke øer, var dog begrænset til en dagstur, pga. priserne på overnatningsturene. Men vi var nu svært tilfredse, med det vi fik. Dagen startede med en times snorkling i en lækker lille bugt, med lunt og stille vand. Her var fyldt med fisk, og knap så mange farverige koraller – hvorfor det adskilte sig en del fra oplevelsen ved Cairns. Inden vi hoppede i...

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Feb 2, 2012 - Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands

We arrived into Airlie Beach early afternoon. While Gemma freshened up and had a shower, I freshened up in the pool and rain! We then set about getting supplies and booking our trips for the next two days. Our first day we were up early to catch the bus to the local airport to get a sea plane. We decided that the best way to see the Whitsundays was from the air so we booked a 30 minute scenic flight with a touch and go landing on the sea. All I can say is that it was an amazing experience. The views were a rainbow of blue,greens and whites...

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