Whitsunday Islands – East Coast at its Best!

Whithaven beach, Hill Inlet lookout

Whitsundays Islands

One of the most wonderful stops on our trip through the East Coast of Australia was the famous Whitsunday Islands. The mainland gateaway to the archipelago is Airlie Beach.  This is backpackers and holidaymakers mekka. You can spend the entire day in a free, public lagoon which is a type of an open air pool, for every visiors’ use.

Other than that, the town has some amazing views as well as leisure shops, cafes and restaurants. You can also decide on a trip to a luxury Hamilton Island, which is a private resort island in the middle of this paradise.

Cedar Creek Falls

Short drive outside of town will take you to the Cedar Creek Falls. After a quick journey through the unsealed road you will get to the parking lot. From there it is only few steps more and you can enjoy a super refreshing swim under the waterfall in a tropical scenery. That is definitly worth doing.

Airlie Beach, the gateway to Whitsundays

While visiting  Arlie Beach, you can choose your own way of witnessing the beuty of the Whitsundays. You can either:

  1. ago on an overnight sailing cruise,
  2. take a scenic flight or
  3. book one of the single-day excursions.
We chose the last option and went out with the company called Ocean Rafting. You can decide on a trip which includes more time on the marvelous Whithaven Beach or to do more snorkeling. We wanted to spend more precious time under water, exploring the wonders of the spectacular reef. We were taken to two amazing snorkleling spots with a pontoon. The first one was more shallow and we saw some amazing corals and turtles. The second one was slightly deeper but abundant with colourful fish. This is the inner Great Barrier Reef at its best, we even saw some whales on our way too!

The most beautiful beach in the world?

After that, we finally arrived at the marvelous Whitehavn Beach. The sand over there is pure silca and it is amazingly soft, white and squeeks under your feet. Scenery is just breathtaking! This is the time for the group to enjoy the lunch served on board, yet we were too busy with taking pictures to think about the food.

Hill Inlet Lookout

After a while we gathered to do a short hike to the magnificent Hill Inlet Lookout from which you can see the famous swirling sands of Whitsundays. It all depends on the time of the day and  tides. On low tide, it is getting more and more spectacular with every minute as the water slowly disappears and the sand dunes become visable. From all the places around Australia that we have been to, this is the one we can not wait to go back to. Awe-Inspiring!!!

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