The Whitsunday Islands and Whitsunday Coast are world-famous and the reasons are many. Reasons such as 74 islands boasting a variety of reef, nature, resorts and beaches, whilst highly accessible from Australian destinations and located on the Great Barrier Reef or the heart of the reef. There are also sailing and diving opportunities for hobbyists and experts alike.
These Queensland Islands have many major destinations from inland Proserpine, which is a relevant country town to Airlie Beach (the main tourism hub of), to South Molle Island, to Daydream Island, as well as the unbelievable Whitehaven Beach, and the reef island resort with its own domestic airport, that is, Hamilton Island, and there are so many other hidden gems.
I've got here, via airplane on a very pleasant March 2021 morning and have decided to base a trip around Whitehaven Beach and Proserpine, as I was driven around Proserpine from the far away airport. I also knew Proserpine was a very interesting town for its country town history in a region rich from sugar, grazing and tourism, and blessed with plenty of rain, especially for Australia - the driest continent on Earth. Sometimes the rain gets too heavy and the region suffers from cyclones.
The weather, as seen from the photos, presented tremendous light for photographing. The views majestic, the temperature perfect, and the only flaw in my near-perfect plan for a near-perfect getaway is that it rained for the last 48 hours of my trip, so, that is a good time to try a bus to Proserpine to explore the other side to this story, still prosperous but from agriculture as opposed to tours and resorts. If the weather holds out though, I wouldn't know what to do, as the sun is so intense. I'll admit I have an incredible backdrop outside my accommodation for writing and other forms of work, which, can sometimes be all you need, (or yet another reason to visit is to work on studies and writing in a spectacular location). It makes for a positively sleep-depriving, choc-full of activity and vibrant getaway in my situation, hence my question is ideal to get the ball rolling for some reviewing and exploring.
On the topic of Airlie Beach, which I have just walked a lot of, I think the best aspects to it are the village layout, the laidback feel to the place in the right way, and the hills allowing for elevated views of the majestic forested hills contrasting with light blue tropical waters. The weather seems perfect, not outrageously tropical, but tropical enough. Knowing just how much is possible here from a touring perspective, and how easy the Whitsunday Coast is to access for people in Australia, and allowing for smaller destinations and experiences, I must ask, and hopefully, you can see my reasons as well as to why visit the beautiful Whitsunday Coast? By all means, answers from past and present and future experiences are all great answers!
Photos courtesy of author taken on Sunday 28 March 2021