Whilst spending 3 weeks in Airlie Beach, (getting an excellent tan), I heard about going out to explore the Whitsunday Islands, I mean what kind of backpacker comes to Airlie Beach and doesn’t see them right? I came to Australia completely last minute with zero research about where to go and what to do. So when someone suggested going out to the islands I was unsure of what to expect. None the less I booked myself on the next available trip.
I got up bright and early and head to Abel Point Marina, where our mighty vessel was ready to take us out to the islands. The weather was slightly overcast thanks to Australian winter but still pleasant enough (standard Brit complaining about the weather). It took about 45 minutes to get to our destination, Hill Inlet, Whitsunday island. We were told by the guide that we must hike for about 15-20 minutes to get to the top of the lookout. The journey on our boat was very choppy, which left me a little worse for wear, so the thought of then hiking up this small mountain was not welcome! Finally, after the small hike, I reached the top and was immediately stunned at what I was looking at.
It was like looking at a photoshopped google search image, even on this overcast day the lookout provided the most staggering view of the islands and the accompanying turquoise waters around them. This was truly paradise.
I knew in that exact moment, looking out over this tremendous view, that I was truly inspired by the life I was living.
Travelling and discovering the world beyond your hometown / country is essential.
Whether it’s a short trip abroad or backpacking across a continent, travelling will always help you discover the world around you and more importantly, discover yourself in a completely different way. Seeing new cultures and ways of life is always an eye opening experience and an experience everyone should try!
After this there was a trip to the equally incredible Whitehaven beach and the Great Barrier Reef for some snorkelling action. It’s safe to say my Whitsunday Islands experience truly blew me away so I was definitely heading back to shore at the end of the day feeling content. But one more surprise laid store on the way back, something I never thought I’d see with my own eyes, WHALES.
If you can spare the 3 mins and 47 seconds please watch this video below, they out on quite the show!