Whitsundays

Traveling

We drove the Bruce Highway to reach our port in Shute Harbour See in Google Maps See in Google Earth -19.7455, 147.4957  On the way, we took a quick detour and drove the steep & narrow (but paved) road up Mt. Inkerman to see a fantastic view. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth -19.7455, 147.4957 

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Boats took us between the islands of the Whitsundays, and out to the reef.

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Long Island

We stayed at the Long Island Resort. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth -20.3328, 148.8417 

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There were a remarkable number of interesting creatures wandering around the resort, mostly in search of snacks.

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We all wore full-body "stinger suits" while swimming to avoid any potential contact with jellyfish.

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Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddling

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Hiking the island's trails, part of Molle Islands National Pak

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Pelican Island See in Google Maps See in Google Earth -20.3367, 148.8555 

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These curious airplanes landed on the water and drove right up onto the beach:

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Lyra

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Great Barrier Reef

At Hardy Reef See in Google Maps See in Google Earth -19.7457, 149.1827 

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Ready in our stinger suits! Lyra almost made it into the water for some snorkeling.

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Snorkeling. In addition to colorful fish and corals, we spotted huge beautiful clams.

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Glass-bottom boat.

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Whitehaven Beach

Playing on fine white sand; wading in clear blue waters swimming with rays (wearing our sexy stinger suits). Good thing this beach is five miles long — to disperse the boatloads of tourists! See in Google Maps See in Google Earth -20.2840, 149.0402 

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