Sunday, October 14, 2012

A Beautiful Place to Be Sick

In keeping with our goal to take a vacation every few months while in Australia, we recently traveled to the Whitsundays in Queensland for a week of snorkeling and lazing around on beautiful beaches.


We did just that for about 24 hours before I was stricken with a stomach flu that Drew had just gotten over and I had been convinced I was immune to. (They call it "gastro" here which sounds so much worse to me.)

For the next three days, I stayed holed up in our rented apartment while Drew did his very best to take care of me. Luckily, I had this for a view.

I was able to rally for our last two days. The first day I felt better, we went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. I have to admit that out of all our Australia snorkeling trips, this one was our least favorite. We went on a very large ship with lots of other tourists and the whole day felt a bit too Disneyland for our tastes. When we got to the Reef, we docked at a pontoon platform called Reefworld. The double decker platform had a huge waterslide, hence the Disneyland feel. The waters around the platform were roped off, making it hard to venture very far along the Reef while snorkeling. Plus, the company had an underwater photographer who kept trying to take our picture despite the fact that we just wanted to swim and look at the beautiful fishes. The highlight of our Reef trip was when we sat next to a Minnesota couple at lunchtime. They were on a three week snorkeling trip and had been to over 14 snorkeling destinations in Australia. It was wonderful to trade stories with fellow Americans and they also gave us several good recommendations for future snorkeling trips.

For our last full day at the Whitsundays, we hopped aboard a chartered boat and headed to Whitehaven Island. Whitehaven is famous for its 98% pure silica sand beaches. What this means is that the sand is super fine and very white. Almost like baking soda, actually. And best of all, the high silica content means that the sand does not retain heat so no burnt toesies! Cool Australia fact - when scientists needed to craft the lens of the Hubble Telescope, they chose the ultra pure sand from Whitehaven Beach.

Below are some photos of Whitehaven. As you can see, it was lovely. Despite feeling terrible most of our vacation, the final verdict, as declared by Drew, was "Well, it was a beautiful place to be sick!"



Goana on Whitehaven Island



This placard tells the Aboriginal story of how the Whitsunday Islands were formed.



1 comment:

  1. A couple from MN?! That is awesome. We will have to talk about it later. Looks like a great place. I am so sorry you were sick.

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