The Whitsunday Islands are spread wonderfully around 74 different Islands, all of the islands are surrounded by snow white sand and an infinity of wonderful clear blue sea.
Captain Cook was the founder of the islands in 1770 (over 340 years ago!!).
The most famously known beach is called, Whitehaven Beach, which stands out for its incredibly soft sand, and I was told on my Whitsundays tour that it was the finest sand in the world! It is also illegal to take any of the sand from the beach and if you are caught doing so, it is likely that you would get a hefty fine.
There are many organised sailing tours around the islands which vary from days trips to three day trips. We were advised to go on the three day trip with a company called True Blue Sailing on the New Horizon boat which holds 30 people. There are slightly bigger boats that hold around 50 people and these boats are well known for there big parties and lots of drinking, if that is what you want to do.
The mainland costal hub to the Whitsundays is called Airlie Beach, which is a vibrant and exciting place, with lots of hostels to stay at and lots of beach side restaurants which makes the town a great place for backpackers and families to stay at.
Lily and I arrived in Airlie Beach after a short 6 hour bus journey after our amazing time on Magnetic Island.
We had two nights stay at the Base Hostel in Airlie beach, which I would call a fairly average hostel and would not particularly recommend. It had very basic amenities and I didn’t find the staff very friendly. There were a few other hostels in the area so I would advise you to have a look at other options instead.
We set off to the harbour to get to our sailing boat at 1pm.
We were very lucky to have great weather whilst on the boat, it was already really hot but unfortunately a little bit cloudy at times (but it could of definitely been worse).
Here are some of my photos from my sailing trip 🙂
Bohemian Raw Cafe, Airlie Beach
We sat and ate at Bohemian Raw cafe which was so awesome. There were a load of delicious smoothies and food options. It was slightly expensive with a smoothie coming out at around $11 but they were very large and super yummy. Definitely, check it out if you can find it.
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