White Walkers

by John on May 31, 2013

shute harbour

We decided to get out of the home office yesterday for a break and took our lunch to the lookout at Shute Harbour.

It wasn’t a particularly good day, a little overcast and quite windy, yet it’s very hard not to get a nice view overlooking the Shute Harbour jetty and the Whitsunday islands. No matter what the weather brings, it’s not just the view we enjoy, it’s the memories we have of friends and family saying how beautiful it was at this very spot.

We were at the lookout for just a few minutes before someone else came to enjoy the panoramic scene laid out below. We greeted them to our beautiful world and they agreed that this indeed is a special view of a very wonderful area. We introduced ourselves and were pleased to be in the company of Bob & Bev from Alberta, Canada.

Bob & Bev were on a road trip from Cairns to Sydney in a hired campervan. They had enjoyed the Great Barrier Reef while in Cairns and had planned only a quick look at The Whitsundays. They had heard that it was beautiful and said they were very excited what they had seen so far. They had planned just a one night stopover in Airlie Beach and as they only had limited time, asked what we would recommend as a quick sightseeing trip.

And our recommendation is the theme for todays blog post, thanks to Bob & Bev.

Seeing The Whitsundays From Above

If you are pushed for time, or if you have all the time in the world, try to see the Whitsundays from the air. It is the best way to realize the beauty and scope of this wonderful area.

From the mainland at Airlie Beach, Air Whitsundays Seaplanes have a variety of scenic flights that are affordable and absolutely fantastic aerial experiences, that showcase The Whitsundays in all it’s glory.

If your staying on one of the island resorts, see your travel desk for a seaplane or helicopter flight, they will put you on the right track.

Now that’s enough from me. Let the images below show you how beautiful our piece of paradise is from the air. Then close your eyes and put yourself into the picture.

By the way, Bob and Bev took our recommendation and thoughly enjoyed an Air Whitsunday Seaflight over The Whitsundays and Whitehaven Beach.

Photo taken over Heart Reef. Such an awesome sight from the air.
Whatever you do, take a seaplane or helicopter flight over Heart Reef. It is awesome, and the only way you can see Heart Reef is from the air.

Hill Inlet Whitsundays
The fourth most photographed location in Australia. Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

Daydream Island. Popular island resort where kids are more than welcome, they also get to stay and eat free.

Langford Island. A small sand island directly across from Hayman Island. The fringing reef between the island and those boats is a great place to snorkel and if your in luck, swim with turtles.

I called this image White Walkers. It is a particular thrill to walk the white sands of Hill Inlet, Whitsunday Island.

Hamilton Island. A different view from the air.

great barrier reef
You will never realize the enormity of the Great Barrier Reef unless you see it from the air. It is some 2000 kilometers long, running from almost the tip of Cape York to Bundaberg in the south. Reason enough to protect it from over industrialization.


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