A World Apart

by John on February 20, 2011

What a week and what a diverse country we are lucky to live in.

Sydney and the Whitsundays are only just 2 and a bit hours apart by air, yet it’s like travelling to another country. The diversity from a tropical paradise to the urban city life is so stark of a contrast, that it always amazes me, even though I have made the trip many times.

It seems a week is a long time when one can travel so far and see so many different changes. Our life pursuits have taken us on a very tangible journey this week. A very pleasant journey with great contrasts.

Snorkelling tropical waters of the fringing reef on Daydream Island to appreciating thousands of years old Chinese relics in the Art Gallery of NSW. The relaxed lifestyle to which we love in the Whitsundays to the hustle and bustle of Australia’s largest city. This was our week.

Perhaps the pictures will better tell the story.

Cruise Whitsundays ferries at Abel Point Marina Airlie Beach

Cruise Whitsundays ferries awaiting boarding at Abel Point Marina, Whitsundays. Cruise Whitsundays have several fantastic cruises from Airlie Beach to the Great barrier Reef and also are a major transfer operator to the Whitsundays Islands and Hamilton Island Airport. The smaller vessel to the left of the gangway was our ferry to Daydream Island.

Image of Daydream Island Whitsundays

Our journey began on Daydream Island, one of the jewels of the Whitsundays. Beautiful days followed the aftermath of Cyclone Yasi, who battered the shores of the Whitsundays, yet couldn't make a difference to the beauty of tropical paradise.

Image of outdoor movie theatre on Daydream Island, Whitsundays.

Nothing like watching the sunset over the calm waters of the Whitsundays, then enjoying a movie on the outdoor screen at Daydream Island.

Sunrise image taken on Daydream Island, Whitsundays.

Our last day on Daydream island and we were greeted by such beauty. It was sad to leave yet other adventures await.

Image of snorkellers entering the water at Lovers Cove, Daydream Island.

We had enough time for one last snorkelling adventure on Daydream Island before the ferry transfer back to Airlie Beach. then it was home, unpack and re-pack for the flight to Sydney.

Image of virgin Blue aircraft awaiting passengers at Brisbane Airport.

Our flight from Whitsundays Airport (Proserpine) was on time. Our connection to Sydney was delayed, which made the Brisbane stopover a few hours seem like forever.

Image of Sydney Ferries terminal at Circular Quay.

From the peaceful ferries of Cruise Whitsundays to the hustle and bustle of Sydney Ferries at Circular Quay, the huge contrast in geographical terms hits head on. Welcome to Sydney guys.

Image of street buskers in Pitt St Mall. Sydney.

Street buskers keep shoppers entertained while making a few dollars in the busy streets of Sydney. Here some enterprising youth perform a "Double Dutch" routine in the Pitt St Mall.

Image of entombed warrior of wonderful Chinese Exhibition at NSW Art gallery.

Our cultural education got a huge contrast when visiting the Art gallery of NSW. There was a special exhibition of Chinese artifacts and the fabulous "First Emperor Entombed Warriors" display. Really amazing to think they were a secret for over 2000 years.

Image taken outside Theatre Royal Sydney.

From an outdoor theatre on Daydream Island to a live stage show at the Theatre Royal in Sydney, another contrast within the same week..

Image of chocolates for Valentines Day.

Even though you may be busy, never forget those chocolates on Valentines Day.

Image of Airlie Beach store sign, Destination Whitsundays.

Early flight home and it was good to be back in the Whitsundays again.

Image of Airlie Beach

The flight back to the Whitsundays from Sydney was on time. there is no better place in the world to have lunch that on the Airlie Beach Esplanade. How lucky we are to call The Whitsundays home.


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