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SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS AT THE WHITSUNDAYS
Two days onboard a catamaran sailing amongst some of the best beaches in the world! Sounds great doesn’t it, it was!
I DIDN’T EXPECT THIS FROM AUSTRALIA!
The usual gang of myself, Harm and the 3 brummies (Louise, Lauren and Jenny) signed up to the Whitsundays sailing adventure halfway down the east coast of Australia. Now if you have ever travelled the East Coast of Australia you will be aware that it’s a perfect mix of stunning scenery, laughs and goon!
WHERE ARE THE WHITSUNDAYS?
Sleeping under the stars at the Whitsundays
The trip starts from Airlie Beach which is a party in itself as their own version of spring break was underway. We stayed at Magnums Backpackers which was a pretty cool place as you had to walk through what seemed like a jungle to get to your room.
The entire trip is centred around visiting to Whitehaven Beach, commonly voted as one of the top 5 beaches in the world. In all honestly, it’s a cracking beach but after seeing what I’ve seen since it really wouldn’t be up there. We could only stay for an hour or so but it was good to see it was being protected from the hordes of tourists. We shifted from island to island and then when the evening hit, we stopped for some swimming in probably the worst place of all. The waters were infested with jellyfish but that put an end to that.
You might think when you are out in the Pacific Ocean that you won’t bump into anyone, let alone see anyone you know. Well I heard “Dave” coming from behind and turned to see another boat sailing past with a few in it we met in Cairns. Of all the places to see someone its out in the middle of the sea. Bumping into old or new friends is actually common place while travelling. Anyway, they docked as well and that’s when the party started but unfortunately we couldn’t make it to one another as the jellyfish made it impossible. The party was such a laugh but for me the best part of that trip was sleeping under the stars for the first time.
Oceania and the South Pacific are known to be the best places to stargaze. As far away from any light pollution as you could get. It wasn’t until we docked for the night, put our drinks down and lay on the boat that we noticed the stars. Our boat fell silent which is something special in itself considering we had people jumping from other boats as it seemed to be the one with the party. Someone posted an image of it on Facebook with the caption, “the boat that rocked”.
Then myself and Harm had an idea, get the duvets and sleep outside, with the girls obviously! The next few hours were spent chilling, laughing and trying to keep up with the insane amount of shooting stars that was going on in front of us. For sure a special moment in my Australia adventures.
- HIGHLIGHT – Whitehaven Beach
- LOWLIGHT – The boring “no Joy” who captained the boat
- VISIT AGAIN – Yes,!
- RATING – 8/10
Well it’s safe to say the Whitsundays didn’t disappoint and to be the highlight so far.
The adventure continues as I go for a Scooter Roo tour and then a few wet days with the gang on Fraser Island. Click to read!
SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
This episode is part of The Oz Photo Series, click to see episode 1.
- Did you do a Whitsundays tour?
- What was your experience like?
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