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WINTER IS HERE!

WINTER IS HERE!

After the long North Queensland summer comes the absolute pinnacle of living in the tropics! WINTER! Beautiful sunny mild days, slightly cooler nights. As winter rolls around every year and we listen to the news reports of freezing southern temps, we smugly enjoy PERFECT winter weather!

We’ve listed the best things to do in the glorious Whitsundays winter – especially for our freezing southern friends (smug wink face emoji)

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Walking the Whitsunday Islands

Walking the Whitsunday Islands

Recently I was lucky enough to be invited on a trip with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) to check out the conditions of some of the various Whitsunday islands walks they have and also to check the construction of the new Whitehaven / Hill Inlet viewing platform.

First, we headed to Border Island, the water was a wee bit choppy, but they say the worst day on the water is better than any day in the office! As we made our way to shore, I caught a glimpse of a path etched into the side of the island, like a faded but present scar. The walk is a quick climb, with so much to take in along the way. From the top you are treated to breathtaking views of the Whitsunday Islands. I was captivated, I can see many pausing for reflection and meditation. It was here at the summit I took stock of how lucky I am to call the Whitsundays home; this is my backyard.

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#GoBareboating to the Whitsundays' best coral

#GoBareboating to the Whitsundays' best coral

A guide to the top 5 snorkelling spots by Daydream Island marine biologist Johnny Gaskell

 

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Sailing the Whitsundays - Disconnect to connect!

Sailing the Whitsundays - Disconnect to connect!

In today’s modern world, we are all getting busier. We are time poor and with the invasion of social media in recent years, family time is rare, but more importantly -priceless. The best way to really connect with each other is to disconnect yourselves from routine and what better way that escaping for a family holiday. Unfortunately, however, as the parent of teenagers, going away on holiday does not always mean disconnecting your children from their friends. Social media has them glued to their phones and devices 24/7, right?

So, when planning a quality family holiday, I had to consider something that would be amazing, an experience that would engage and enthuse everyone.   What better way to escape than a sailing adventure around the pristine waters of the Whitsundays discovering the idyllic tropical beaches, islands and reefs in the area. Don’t own your own private yacht? No problems, the team at Queensland Yacht Charters (QYC) are specialists in the Whitsundays region, plus they also have a fleet of luxury sailing boats to suit everyone’s needs.  

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A Walk to Bowen's Lighthouse

A Walk to Bowen's Lighthouse

A Walk to Bowen's Lighthouse

A few times a year, during the winter months, Bowen’s daytime tides are low enough for visitors to walk to North Head Island and Queensland’s third oldest lighthouse. This unique experience takes walkers on a beautiful journey that not only celebrates the history of Bowen, but also the wonderful array of sea life that inhabits the shores of the bay. We asked one of our visitors to describe their first Walk to the Lighthouse.

The day of the Walk to the Lighthouse dawns bright, balmy and shimmering blue as only the waters in the Whitsundays can. We are excited for this afternoon, but make the most of our short stay in Bowen to explore the beautiful beaches and enjoy lunch at the spectacular Grand View Hotel. The balmy winter weather is perfect for enjoying the outdoor dining area and gazing into the bay. The wind has dropped completely by lunchtime and the glassy water reflects the islands dotted across the water.

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