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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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Top 11 Wedding Proposal spots in the Whitsundays

Top 11 Wedding Proposal spots in the Whitsundays

Thinking about asking that someone special to be your lifetime Valentine? We’ve listed the best spots to guarantee you get the YES you’re looking for.

1. Heart Reef – Obviously! Whilst promising your heart to another for life, why not fly over our world-renowned Heart Reef. Take a once in a lifetime helicopter flight over Heart Reef, enjoy an afternoon of snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef before whipping out the champagne and asking the big question.

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Top Wetsunday Activities

Top Wetsunday Activities

The Whitsundays, probably best known for sunny days and blue turquoise water. Though each year we the locals of the Whitsunday region hope for the monsoon rain - it’s helps to keep our beautiful tropical rainforests lush and thriving.

But what to do on these rainy days? The Whitsundays rainy days are so much more than ‘Netflix and Chill’ time:

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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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How to spoil a Sailor Girl

How to spoil a Sailor Girl

Nic Douglass was a guest of Tourism Whitsundays for Airlie Beach Race Week

 

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Chasing the lazy Sunday vibe? Here’s 5 laid back things to do on the Whitsundays mainland

Chasing the lazy Sunday vibe? Here’s 5 laid back things to do on the Whitsundays mainland

Let me paint you a picture. You’ve had some amazing jam packed days out on the water exploring the Whitsunday islands and Great Barrier Reef, falling into bed exhausted and elated each night. But it’s catching up to you. The rental car hasn’t been touched in a week. You’re looking for a slower paced day on land. Don’t worry, I have got you covered! Here are 5 local tips on how to chase that lazy Sunday vibe, while still getting to see more of the beautiful Whitsundays (and it doesn’t even have to be Sunday!). Choose just one or combine a few if the Whitsundays adventure bug has bitten you good.

 

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Why Bowen needs to be on your Whitsundays wish-list

Why Bowen needs to be on your Whitsundays wish-list

When it comes to visiting the world-famous Whitsundays, the charming town of Bowen is a must-do. The picturesque seaside town, also known at the 'Top of the Whitsundays', brims with understated charm. From award winning palm fringed beaches to beautiful bays and the most delicious seafood you've ever tasted, Bowen has something for everything.

Here are some suggestions for what you can see and do in beautiful Bowen.

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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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A Food Junkie's 'MKR" tour of Airlie Beach

A Food Junkie's 'MKR" tour of Airlie Beach

What do you do when you have former contestants from Channel 7’s MKR in town?

If you’re the Food Junkie you take them on a tour of the Whitsundays food scene of course!

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A Staycation in the Whitsundays

A Staycation in the Whitsundays

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The good old staycation… a vacation where you stay at home (or only drive a few hours). The best thing about a staycation is it makes you look at your local area from the perspective of a traveller. While it might not be as appealing as travelling overseas, the staycation is one of the best and easiest ways to book in some adventure (or R&R) and capitalize on those holidays feels.

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Whitsundays Hidden Gems

Whitsundays Hidden Gems

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We’ve all heard of the Whitsundays. Seen countless images of the gorgeous white sandy beaches of Whitehaven beach, Hayman Island, Hamilton Island and the likes. But did you know that the Whitsundays consists of 74 islands, many of which are uninhabited? This region is so much more than the postcard images that we’ve seen and love. I’ve journeyed to the Whitsundays on so many occasions but was excited to have the opportunity to discover some of its more hidden gems.

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An Instagrammer's Guide to the Whitsundays Hidden Gems

An Instagrammer's Guide to the Whitsundays Hidden Gems

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The Whitsundays is famously known as the home of Whitehaven Beach, Heart Reef and Hamilton Island. What isn’t as well known though is that the Whitsundays is also made up of 74 islands and a number of beautiful beachfront communities that stretch up the coast to Bowen.

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Five reasons you should Run the Great Whitsunday Trail

Five reasons you should Run the Great Whitsunday Trail

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The Run the Great Whitsunday Trail is the only event in Australia where you can run through the beautiful but challenging rainforest to the beach, and cool off in the Coral Sea

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You can test yourself over a 57.4km Ultra distance, play it safe with a 28.7km race or take it easy and take in the views with the inaugural 9km Honeyeater Challenge – you choose! All 3 are challenging so pre-event training is a MUST.

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The Whitsundays…an adventure waiting to happen!

The Whitsundays…an adventure waiting to happen!

The Whitsundays is an adventure just waiting to happen – all you have to bring is a sense of wonder and a willingness to jump right in!
The Whitsundays is quite literally in the heart of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef and you can swim, snorkel, dive, sail and fly when experiencing the world’s largest living structure in the wonderful Whitsundays.

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With 74 tropical islands dotting the Coral Sea - and the protection of the Great Barrier Reef, meaning calm sheltered waters - the Whitsundays is a sailing haven. From eco tours on romantic old tall ships, to adventure sailing on ex America’s Cup racing yachts, you can choose your sailing experience in this island paradise. You’re spoilt for choice with one, two and three-night itineraries taking in everything the Whitsundays’ aquatic playground has to offer – and exciting day trips too, if you’re tight for time. Who doesn’t want to take off on an adventure and find secluded beaches and dive into the marvelous underwater world?

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The Whitsundays: 5 top activities for nature lovers

The Whitsundays: 5 top activities for nature lovers

I have travelled to over 40 countries and from all the places I have visited, the Whitsundays holds a special place in my heart. It is definitely one of Australia’s most stunning destinations. With 74 wonderful islands, warm tropical climate and white sandy beaches… it’s nothing short of paradise!

And to top it all, it’s perfectly located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and will leave you in awe! If you’re like me and love discovering natural wonders, follow my top 5 activities for nature lovers to ensure you have a great time.

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9 Ways to do Luxury in the Whitsundays

9 Ways to do Luxury in the Whitsundays

Luxury might not be a word that instantly comes to mind when you think about the laid-back Whitsundays - but think again!

In recent years, developments on both the mainland and islands have taken the Whitsundays in a new and welcome direction, while still maintaining the relaxed tropical charm that the region is so well known for.

The range of luxury accommodation is growing, with the opening of full-service hotels, as well as luxurious apartments, decadent holiday homes, and super-sophisticated yachts.

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Camping in the Whitsundays

Camping in the Whitsundays

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There are countless beautiful spots to camp in the Whitsundays, with rugged natural beauty, stunning views and an abundance of wildlife. And you don’t have to worry about camping gear as that is taken care of by local hire companies!

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A Local’s Guide to Airlie Beach

A Local’s Guide to Airlie Beach

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What do you do when you’re a professional photographer who hates winter? Move to The Whitsundays of course!

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