Blogs from Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Whitsundays June 25th 2021

Seventeen hours on a coach is no one's idea of a good time, but if anything could be worth such an extended period of purgatory it would surely be the chance to indulge in a few days of leisurely sailing through a tropical archipelago. And having spent the previous two weeks giving both my upper body (on my Noosa River kayak trip) and then my lower body (on the Cooloola Great Walk) a workout, I figured it was about time I gave my tan a good workout too. So after taking the overnight coach about a thousand kilometres north from Noosa I ended up back in the tiny coastal town of Airlie Beach, where I had spent my first year as a backpacker way back in 2006. And just like I had during those heady days ... read more
Sun on the Water, Wind in our Sails
Floating on a Sunlit Sea
Scenic Surroundings

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Whitsundays » Hayman Island February 20th 2018

Hello!! Sorry for the delay. WiFi has been pretty spotty here. So much to catch up on! Today marks our 8th day of Contiki. Morgan and I agree that we both feel like we have known the people on our tour forever! We are enjoying every second of it. After Cairns, we drove almost 10 hours to WhitSunday islands. It was here that our group split up into two groups. One group sailing the islands and the other group staying at a resort. It wasn’t until that day I found out Morgan signed us up for the 2 day sailing excursion. The sailboat was a previous competing sailboat in the region and was able to hold up to 30 people at any given time. It had a kitchen, 2 bathrooms, and bunk beds to sleep in. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Whitsundays » Daydream Island January 29th 2018

So i haven't written in a while, i must try and do it a bit more. I have been down to Brisbane for a week to see a few friends and went down to the Gold Coast an byron bay which was awesome. I also climbed Mount warning and will write up another blog post on my trip there as this place is actually spiritual its so beautiful. However i wanted to write a short note that i enjoyed the Whitsundays so much i decided to fly back up and spend a bit more time there. To be honest im thinking about moving there its just that lovely. I have booked myself on Whitsunday Adventurer which is a 2 day 2 nights on board a catamaran that travels around all the islands of the coral sea ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Whitsundays » Daydream Island January 18th 2018

So i had the privilege of being taken out fishing on my friends boat here in the whitsundays- What a day :) We left from Port of Airlie marina where they have their 36ft Mustang moored at 5:30 am. The day was perfect all be it a little cloudy. The seas where calm and not too choppy, just what i like even though i rarely get sea sick out on the water. Thanks to going out on the Atlantic ocean a lot as a child in Ireland. The mustang is awesome. Has really nice lines a beautiful cabin with air conditioning- needed here in the whitsundays as its quite hot and humid. 32 degrees and 85 % humidity. After hosing down the boat and loading up with our days provisions we were off. The skipper a ... read more
Mustang Bow
Port of Airlie marina

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Whitsundays December 8th 2017

We had a bit of a slack day before we set sail at 1630. Went paddle boarding for 45 mins. A bloke walking past said there had been a crock sighted so a girl that was paddle boarding too got the wind up. Went for a swim at the lagoon then a bite to eat at KCs. We went back to the Airbnb to shower, change and pack then walked to the RV at the coffee club at the marina. I went off to the bottle sop to buy some alcoholic beverages. 1 x 70 cl bottle of gin, 3 x bottles of white wine and 6x cans of cider. 1630 we were met by Nina our hostile and taken to the boat with the other 3 couples. Emanuel and Florence from Switzerland, Joanne and Jens ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Whitsundays July 1st 2017

So today was the day of exploring the Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach. We first went up to the lookout which was incredible, the swirling sands were breath taking. Our guide Tash told us a little anecdote that NASA had permission to take a good few tons of the purest silica sand to make the lens for the Hubble telescope. NASA then broke it by accident and had to get permission to get more sand. No one else has been able to get permission since. There was also the story that Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed on the island and because there were no palm trees, they had to bring in a load on a ship but had to count each individual coconut. Everything they brought in had to be taken out. So from the ... read more
Alex and I

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Whitsundays August 5th 2016

Australia has been one of the best places I've traveled to so far. Before arriving there, I had many expectations. From what I've seen on documentaries and TV, I had a pretty good picture of what the land would hold. Shows such as "The Crocodile Hunter," "The World's Deadliest Animals," and other shows informed my subconscious that Australia is the land that contains some of the world's most harmful creatures. I also assumed that Australia was a swampy, giant desert with Sydney on the other side. However, the 14-hour plane ride from the Los Angeles Airport told me otherwise. Although the flight to Brisbane Australia was the longest flight of my life, the early morning sunrise in Australia captured my heart. It gave me the chills. The sunrise was a light pink and orange that mixed ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Whitsundays » Hayman Island July 26th 2016

The TGO and Becs are back on Hakura Capt’n Log: From June 25th till 7 August, covered 158 nautical miles around the Whitsunday Islands. Well, I must admit, I was concerned. Would I have Hakura ready for the visit of Lorraine (The TGO) and Becs (her daughter)? Without a vacuum cleaner would I be able be ready? These were the issues keeping me awake at night. Well, that plus would the weather be fine (more rain and wind were predicted for the first few days at least), and would I be able to keep my visitors happy after their recent ocean liner curse (actually they were coming directly from a 10 day voyage on one of the “Princess” ships). Would Hakura meet their elevated standards in terms of accommodation, food and service? ... read more
Abell Pt Marina
Lunch Time
Nara Inlet

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Whitsundays » Hayman Island June 14th 2016

Capt’n Log: Distance travelled over 16 days totalled 184 nautical miles (340 km). This includes 4 days in Airlie Beach between crews (11 to 15 June). Well, after saying goodbye to Simon and Alison, I had a couple of days in Abell Point Marina, so I cleaned the boat, did the washing and restocked the larder. One of the things I enjoy in port are good fish and chips meals (though often it is fish cakes and potato cakes) and the Fish and Chip shop in the main street of Airlie Beach (surprisingly called “The Airlie Beach Fish Shop”) was a good one. So on Saturday night I was in there buying my dinner which I was going to take back to Hakura and eat with a cup of tea (again, you will be ... read more
Capt'n Doug
Boy, it  was rough.
Sunset near Hayman Island

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Whitsundays December 12th 2015

So today we were out of the hotel by 6:30 to go on our Whitehaven beach and Hamilton Island tour! We got on the boat and headed out, on the ocean - very calm was lovely! We had to drop a few people at a few other places on our way to Whitehaven but it was worth the wait! It is truly beautiful and the sand is like talc, so so soft! Apparently this is because it is silica, and Whitehaven beach and the surrounding smaller islands were the crater of a volcano ! We had a nice relaxed time splashing in the sea and lounging on the super soft sand! At 11 we got back on the boat and headed to Hamilton island - which we thought was quite posh and expensive! We had our ... read more

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