I’m so sorry that its been such a long time since I’ve posted! It’s been so busy over here in Aussie land that I lose track of time! But anyways, this last week and a half has been University of Queensland’s “mid-semester break” AKA the United States’ spring break! I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to rent a beautifully beat up, chartreuse-colored station wagon with a few friends and road trip up the coast. The first day was pretty hellish because we made a straight shot for Cairns which is about 22 hours north of Brisbane!
This post is about our river rafting trip around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. During the voyage we were able to snorkel around an island reef and lay on the 98% silica, white sand shores of Whitehaven Beach. Whitehaven is constantly being touted as one of, if not the most, beautiful beach in Australia, and I feel extremely honored that I had the opportunity to see it with my own eyes! (and lay on it with my own butt).
The rafting trip itself was seriously insane. Partially because of our mad Aussie tour guides and partially because of the crazy speed of the rafting boat. Snorkeling was absolutely amazing and we had the chance to see corals, sponges, parrotfish, amongst other things.
From the lookout point on Whitsunday Island, our tour guide told us that in the inlet we were looking at there were thousands upon thousands of soldier crabs that make their homes there, and during low tide you can see crowds of sting rays in the inlet swimming around trying to eat the crabs.
The sands of the island were so white they blinded me like snow. But there was an upside: they were so incredibly white that the heat merely reflects off the sand and so the sand never gets hot. There is nothing worse than trekking across blindingly hot sand. The sand is also so uniformly fine that its perfect for exfoliating with! Personally I took the opportunity and exfoliated my entire body.
To wrap things up, the Whitsundays are absolutely worth the visit if you are ever going to be making a trip to the Great Barrier Reef, or Australia’s east coast. Also, if you happen to be a millionaire you can stay at a resort on one of the beautiful islands. Or, if you’re not a millionaire: there is also the opportunity to camp on Whitsunday Island for a mere $8. A water taxi costs about $60 to take you over to the islands, but if you are going in a group its still a great deal!