WHITE­HAVEN BEACH, QLD

Kesh­nee lived her best life in the Whit­sun­days – no in­ter­na­tional flight nec­es­sary

Cosmopolitan (Australia) - - Travel -

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.

Stay:

Coral Sea Re­sort (Co­ralsear­e­sort.com). To-die-for views, awe­some food and I’m-on-hol­i­day vibes that’ll stay with you.

Eat:

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!

Ex­pe­ri­ence:

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)!

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