Any trip to Whitsunday Islands – a chain of 74 islands in the midst of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia would be memorable. These islands boast the brilliant turquoise oceans, soft white sands, and eye-catching sunsets that you’ve only seen in the movies. If you want the very best, be sure to schedule a stop at these memorable destinations when you visit.
Take a look at the bevy of colorful marine life in this impressive region by snorkeling at Front Beach or Pebble Beach, each with clear views of the life that the ocean contains. See varieties of coral – this reef boasts 350 species – shellfish, mollusk, starfish, sea sponge, marine turtles, octopus, oddities like the Christmas Tree Worm – animals that live right on the coral itself – clams, crabs, lobster and sea cucumbers as you dive or snorkel. You simply can’t journey to the Great Barrier Reef and not do some snorkeling, so make sure you add this to your itinerary.
There is an abundance of marine life to enjoy in this area of Queensland. Plan your trip for to be somewhere in May – August if you’d like to take in the Minke Whale Swimming opportunities. If you’d like to see, firsthand, turtles nesting or hatching, schedule your vacation sometime between October and March, when you can see at least 4 turtle species prepare for the next generation. If spotting Humpback Whales is your passion, go between July and early November for your best chance to see these massive creatures of the ocean as they migrate to their destination of Antarctica. Go any time to be able to feed the dolphins.
Whitehaven Beach will appeal to your dream of ideal white sands and unending beauty. Enjoy nature as her colors shift and blend with the blue water and white sands at Hill Inlet, a spot at the northern edge of this perfect beach. Relax and discover what a vacation should be here.
Don’t let all your adventures be limited to the daytime. Participate in Reefsleep, where you can spend a night in this unforgettable locale on a beach under the stars. Who could forget an experience with as much beauty as this?
Round out your experience in these gorgeous islands by doing more than snorkeling, diving or frolicking on the beaches. Take the Whitsunday Great Walk. This tour begins at Brandy Creek and does not end until you reach the stunningly beautiful Airlie Beach. Marvel in the sights, sounds and feel of the tropics as you walk through Conway State Forest and Conway National Park. Revel in picture perfect streams, 20 plant species found nowhere else on the planet, and a haven of wildlife. This is a part of any trip to Queensland, Australia, not to be missed.
Then, if only to be certain you haven’t missed a thing – take a sailing tour that encompasses all 74 islands. Bask in the wonders of these beautiful islands as you see them all from the incomparable Coral Sea. See it all before you journey home!
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Margo Smith graduated with a B.S. degree from BYU. She resides along the Wasatch Front and finds the beauty and solidity of the Rocky Mountains irresistible. She looks at the world around her, at current events and prevailing opinions, when compiling articles about a variety of subjects from space exploration to online courses to the world’s best travel spots.