Road Trippin Airlie Beach & Whitsundays
I’m finally getting back into the swing of things when it comes to blogging. Life has been so fast moving on this great adventure of ours. I just haven’t had a second to sit down and write about it all. Writing is one of my favourite things to do as many of you know. I really wanted to make sure I embraced every single opportunity that came my way during my travels and because of that, writing has taken a little bit of a back seat.
But I’m back, and still reeling in the excitement that was Airlie Beach. I had a little taster of the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns, but like the reef, the Whitsunday Islands have been on my bucket list for such a long time now. Needless to say I was super excited to arrive in Airlie Beach and begin discovering the Whitsundays.
We had four days to explore so the first thing we did after settling into our hotel, Coral Sea Resort, was check out all the different tours on offer and decide what we wanted to see and do during our stay. Whitehaven Beach was top of our list, but we also wanted to do some more snorkelling and so after lots of research, we decided to go with a tour company called Whitehaven Xpress.
Whitehaven Xpress offer a one day tour to Whitehaven Beach, and passes by the other Whitsunday islands on the way, including Hamilton and Daydream islands. Followed by a BBQ on Whitehaven Beach and an afternoon of snorkelling on the one of the reefs nearby. A jam packed day full of everything we wanted to see.
On the morning of our tour we left early to began our hour and a half boat trip out to Whitehaven Beach. The beach considered to be Australia’s purest and most beautiful, and one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Although we knew this, you can’t imagine how beautiful it is in real life until you’re there, standing on that fine, dust like sand, feeling it squeak beneath your feet and looking out on that crystal clear water. It is beautiful in every way imaginable and as I lay on the sand, I closed my eyes, turned my face to the sun and felt so much gratitude for my life in that moment. It was magical.
We ate a delicious BBQ and spent a few hours chilling on the beach before making our way to the northern tip to visit the hill inlet. The inlet is that infamous view you see on postcards of Whitehaven Beach, where the fresh water meets the sea water and creates more shades of blue than you can imagine. It is truly breathtaking and something everyone should experience because it really has to be seen to be believed. Nature at its most beautiful.
We stood at the inlet looking out over the water and sand, in what felt like a very surreal moment. I’m not joking when I say I pinched myself to make sure I was really there! Because WOW! How did I get here? But it was real and I was truly awed by the whole experience.
After coming down off my cloud nine bubble, we all made our way back to the boat to go snorkelling. We were a bit concerned about snorkelling in the Whitsundays because the water is much more shallow there meaning the sand swirls in the water making it cloudy and not as easy to see coral and fish. But really there was no need to worry, because even though the water was a little cloudy, we still saw so many amazing fish, and they were huge! This guy in the below photo, a Humphead Wrasse, was almost the same length as my leg!
I just loved the whole experience all over again in Airlie Beach and am beginning to think snorkelling may just be my new thing!
Without a shadow of a doubt, that day was one of the best in my life. I loved every second of it and am so grateful that I was able to do it. Courtesy Simply Sorcha.