Mile­stone visit to Hardy Reef

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MEL­BOURNE cou­ple who drive 3000km to the Whit­sun­days at lest once a year, cel­e­brated their 45th visit to Hardy Reef last week.

Jackie and Peter Mi­halec also cel­e­brated their 45th wed­ding an­niver­sary ear­lier this year, mak­ing the mile­stone trip that bit more spe­cial.

Jackie Mi­halec said ev­ery time the cou­ple vis­ited Hardy Reef it was “awe­some and dif­fer­ent”.

“If there is a cur­rent, I love to drift snorkel, if it’s high tide I love snorkelling over the top of the reef, if it’s low tide I like watch­ing the fish hug the reef wall [and] if it’s rain­ing or rough you get a roller coaster ride at the same time – so much fun. I just love it in any con­di­tion,” she said.

Mrs Mi­halec de­scribed her­self as 64 and lov­ing life, “and the main rea­son I keep com­ing back to Hardy Reef is that it makes me feel very safe,” she said.

“There is a snorkel rope you can use and the staff are amaz­ing, con­stantly on snorkel watch and en­sur­ing ev­ery­one is looked af­ter.”

“I am usu­ally the first per­son in the wa­ter and stay there un­til the last call for lunch.”

The cou­ple, who first vis­ited Hardy Reef 23 years ago and found them­selves hooked, were hosted by Cruise Whit­sun­days dur­ing many of their trips.

Cruise Whit­sun­days busi­ness tourism ex­ec­u­tive Steve Neale said he had met the Mi­halecs on sev­eral oc­ca­sions over the years.

“One of the great things about work­ing in the tourism in­dus­try is happy cus­tomers and it’s been won­der­ful to see the Mi­halecs come back year af­ter year and see them en­joy the reef so much,” he said.

“And it’s nice for them to see so many old faces still around the reef op­er­a­tions and catch up with them each time they visit.”

HOOKED: Mel­bourne cou­ple Jackie and Peter Mi­halec cel­e­brated their 45th visit to Hardy Reef last week.

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