Welcome to yet another edition of Wanderlust Wednesdays, where we take you on a picturesque journey to the most beautiful places in Australia, one Wednesday at a time!
This week, we have been dreaming about powdery white sands and crystal blue waters and guess where did our dreams take us to?
Yes, we are talking about Whitsunday Islands, the Wanderlust Wednesday destination of this week.
A collection of continental islands off the coast of Queensland, Whitsunday Islands are easy to go to and have a lot many things to offer. You can reach the Whitsundays by road, air, water and even rail. Visit this page for more information on how to reach the islands
The Whitsunday Islands are the perfect place to go to for a relaxing weekend away from all that we want to get away from. An idyllic place with many beautiful places to see, the Whitsunday Islands are a must-visit on our list. If you haven't already been there, might we suggest that you pack your bags and head there soonest!
What to do at the Whitsunday Islands:
The Great Barrier Reef: You cannot miss seeing the world's largest living structure when you visit the Whitsunday Islands! Also one of the world's seven natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef is over 2600km long and has over 2900 reefs. The best way to view their beauty up close is scuba diving. There are plenty of professional tour companies that offer scuba diving as well. If scuba diving is not your thing, then you can go for snorkeling. You can even view the reef in all its glory from the sky or wade through the magnificent reefs on a cruise. Visit this page for more info on the reef and the cruises.
Hook Island: Captain Hook's Island has the best bays that are perfect for snorkeling and have some of the most beautiful fringing reefs, some of which offer the perfect view of the coral sea. You can camp at Maureen's Cove, take a deep sea dive at The Pinnacles or even catch a glimpse of the Manta Rays at Manta ray Bay. Whatever you do, definitely visit the historic underwater observatory which is nine meters below the ocean and offers unparalleled views of the magnificent marine life.
Proserpine River Wetlands: Formed by the estuaries of the Proserpine river, these wetlands are home to the saltwater crocodile, whose glimpse you might catch if you are out there on a tour. Tour companies like Proserpine River Eco Tours will take to see the crocodiles from a safe distance and also take you on a ride through the wetlands, the forests and the mangroves.
Whitsunday Great Walk: If you are a nature buff and like to walk around, discovering the little secrets of Mother Nature, then you will love the Whitsunday Great Walk. It starts at The Brandy Creek car park, passing through the Conway National Park, Conway State Forest and ends at the Kara Crescent on Airlie Beach. The Conway State Forest has beautiful rocky creeks, which were made by volcanic activity hundreds of years ago and some truly mesmerizing tropical rain forests. There are various walk-in camping spots along the trail, where you can rest or set up camp for a complete experience.
Whitehaven Beach: You haven't had the complete experience of the Whitsundays if you haven't visited the Whitehaven beach. Kilometers of the purest white silica sand in the world stretch out towards the pristine blue sea and offer sights like never before. Imagine a white carpet meeting the blue waters and that idyllic scene! The beach also has its uniquenesses. The sand and water form a gorgeous fusion of colors when the tide shifts and boy is it a sight to behold! You can view this spectacle from a lookout at the Tongue point, which is at the northern end of the beach.
Whether you want to explore the Whitsundays to your heart's content or you simply want to relax with your feet in the sand, we suggest that you visit these websites (this and this) before you plan your trip. You will find all the information about bookings, accommodations, tours and attractions of the Whitsunday Islands here.
Packing for the Whistunday Islands:
If your itinerary will include some rugged time in the woods and camping, then take a decent sized backpack that will hold all your essentials, has pockets for the little knick knacks that are needed often and also ideally offers back support. If this is not on your agenda and just chilling is what you want to do, then a medium sized suitcase or one of our cabin suitcaseswill be just perfect. Do not forget to pack the hottest swimsuits that you have!
As always, Happy Travelling fellows! :)
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