Road Trip Part 1: The Whitsundays


Returning to the mainland after our lovely stay on Magnetic Island, we hired a car and set off on a road trip down the east coast.  Our first port of call was Airlie Beach, the stepping stone to the Whitsunday Islands, a collection of 74 islands located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.

Travelling by boat, we navigated around a number of the islands, including Heart Reef  (named due to it’s unusual shape), all the way to Whitehaven Beach.  It’s an idyllic place with soft, powdery, white sand and the swirls of blue in the ocean make it look almost like a painting.  It was the most beautiful beach either of us had ever seen.

The wonders of the Whitsundays didn’t end there.  We snorkelled in the ocean and saw some of the coral and fish unique to the Great Barrier Reef, not to be seen anywhere else in the world.  A truly amazing experience.