There is something incredibly unique about the water in the Whitsundays. It’s the kind of vivid turquoise you see when dreaming about tropical holidays accompanied by baby powder white sand and colourful beach umbrellas.
It’s a distinctive shade of blue that I’ve never seen replicated in any other tropical location around the world. It’s the kind of blue that gleefully shouts, “Hey! I’m paradise! Want in?”, and on my most recent trip to Northern Queensland’s jewel island archipelago, I discovered that this turquoise follows you everywhere you go. It’s not just at Whitehaven Beach, and it’s not just outside your window at Hamilton Island’s dreamy Qualia Resort, in the Whitsundays it’s absolutely everywhere.
You’ll find it at Airlie Beach, the ‘Gateway to the Whitsundays’, you’ll find it in regional coastal town, Bowen, too, and it’s enough to lure in any beach-combing holiday maker like honey to the bee.
So here’s the good news.
Jetstar Australia recently launched direct flights form Sydney to Whitsundays coast (Proserpine) three times a week, and the even better part is that flights start as low as $95 one way. This is welcome news to any traveller with champagne taste on a beer budget, because we all know that less of the holiday budget spent on flights = more to spend at your holiday destination. It’s win-win!
But I should probably address the elephant in the room before I explain why I love the Whitsundays so damn much and have now visited this part of Australia three times.
Many of you would have heard about the devastating tropical cyclone Debbie that hit the region in April, but visiting in early June I was utterly surprised at how little damage is now evident in the region. The whole area has made a speedy recovery and is well and truly open for business. Clearly, it takes more than Debbie Downer to stop Whitsundays locals from celebrating their stunning region, so if you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to pack your bags for Queensland’s sunny shores (yes, it’s even sunny and warm in June – that’s winter for all you northern hemisphere folk!).
Read on fora comprehensive guide on where to go, what to do, and what not to miss in the Whitsundays. You can thank me later by booking your own trip to this spectacular part of Australia!