Being a tourist in your own country is an experience that everyone should have at least once in their lives. There’s nothing like strapping on a bumbag and your oh- so- comfy vacation pants, pulling out the old selfie stick and entering the world that lies at your doorstep. I am an advocate for getting to know your own land as well as others. It’s cheaper, often a lot faster, easier, and insightful into the history and culture of the country you open your eyes to every day. Travelling around the nation you grew up in and seeing the place from a different perspective can be very eye- opening and such an invaluable experience.
In light of the horrific Cyclone Debbie that North Queensland, Australia endured over the past week, I thought I would share some photos of the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands; the home to tourism Australia.
Unwind on Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven Beach is by far the most recognized of all the Whitsundays landmarks on Whitsunday Island itself. It stretches about 3 miles and consists of brilliant white sand that’s straight off a tourism brochure. It’s one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. It lives up to every expectation and I spent a lovely day enjoying this beach.
One of the most developed and populated islands, Hamilton has its own airport, post office, and bank. Despite being fairly developed, the island remains a haven for those heading out to the reef or Whitehaven Beach (about 1/2 hour by boat, Great Barrier Reef about 2 hours). If you’re looking to spend some time at a resort, you’ll find a lot of options here and plenty of companies offer you day tours to the other islands in the Whitsundays. Personally, I found it too developed for me. Then again, I’m not a resort/hotel guy but I can see how it would be romantic if you were!
My prayers go out to all those who suffered and are suffering from Cyclone Debbie.
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