WHITEHAVEN BEACH, QLD
Keshnee lived her best life in the Whitsundays – no international flight necessary
We’re pretty frickin’ blessed to live in Australia but we often trade local trips for jaunts overseas – which is something you won’t do again once you experience Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays, ’cos it’s really something else…
We flew in to Hamilton Island (where getting around via golf buggy is completely acceptable, FYI) and then travelled by ferry over to the gorgeous Airlie Beach on the mainland – the perfect place to stay for access to all the Islands. This place has everything you could possibly need, including a killer restaurant called Walter’s Lounge.
We checked in to the Coral Sea Resort (Coralsearesort.com), a top-notch oceanfront experience with some seriously luxe facilities (no really… private dining seaside gazebo, anyone?).
We spent our first day sailing on the unbelievable Providence sailing boat (a classic 62-ft gaff-rigged schooner) to Whitehaven Beach. Wow. Just wow. You know how people post photos of the Maldives and you think, Omg, one day for my honeymoon I’ll go there!? Well, quit being ridiculous because Whitehaven looks EXACTLY like that – only it’s a two-and-a-half-hour flight away from Sydney. Who needs the Maldives, am I right?
On day two we caught an Air Whitsundays seaplane out over the Whitsunday Islands for a snorkel in the reef before landing just off Whitehaven again. We’re baller like that. Local tip: The sand contains a superhigh quantity of silica – so exfoliate while you’re there and glow on for weeks.
Coral Sea Resort (Coralsearesort.com). To-die-for views, awesome food and I’m-on-holiday vibes that’ll stay with you.
Walter’s Lounge (Walterslounge.com.au). An awesome place named after the owner’s beloved dog. The chef’s shared tasting menu is out-of-this-world good!
Whitsunday Mustangs (Whitsundaymustangs.com.au). You can hire a cool vintage Mustang and check out Airlie Beach by road.
The cocktails at Walter’s Lounge – made even better by the view (left)!