6 Recommendations for Airlie Beach!

I recently had the absolute pleasure of visiting the Whitsunday’s! What an area. It really is more beautiful than you could imagine, I hope my iPhone 8 pics do it justice! Here are my top 6 recommendations for Airlie Beach(where we stayed)!

  1. GET ON A BOAT

Any boat! We used the company ‘ocean rafting’ and hands down that’d be the best tour I’ve been on. They were knowledgeable, professional and most importantly- fun! Our tour took us the the hill inlet hike (roughly 20 mins up + 15 mins down) that has a viewpoint of the delicious swirls of Whitehaven beach! There were barely any other people there- it was amazing! We then sank a few drinks at Whitehaven, the weather was perfect as well as the water crystal clear and sand snow white. The silica sits at 98.9%, therefor is the highest/purest sand in the world! After we had lunch on the island(which is included) we cruised over to the first reef and snorkelled for roughly 45 mins- it was incredible, the colours, the fish, the peacefulness. We then hit one more snorkel spot before we cruised home and were home by 3.30PM! This is a must and only set us back $160. A whole day of fun for that price, sign me up!

2. HAVE A DRINK(OR 10) AT NORTHERLIES BAR AND GRILL

This lil beauty even has a courtesy bus to take you on the 20 minute drive out of town. Sitting at Northerlies made myself and my friends feel like we were overseas! Think south east Asia vibes with Australian prices haha. The seafood platter there is OUT OF THIS WORLD(found a new love for sashimi) and the cocktails are most likely the best I’ve ever had. The bar still feels really ruggared but super tropical at the same time. Try the ‘Yu gizz’, amazeeeeee.

Mi Chica’s

3. GO SKYDIVING

I was delightfully shook/scared/crazy excited to find out that my partner had surprised me with skydiving for my birthday YaHoOoOooOo. Best part was that 5 of my friends I was in Airlie with signed up also and WE ALL SKYDIVED TOGETHER! ThE coOlEsT eXpEriEnCe!!!!! Would absolutely do this again. Airlie beach is stunning via land but you get a whole new perspective for the area from above!

The reality of skydiving thru covid
Insane
Airlie main beach

4. VISIT CORAL BEACH

This is a 15 minute walk through the rainforest to end up at a beautiful quiet beach made of, you guessed it… coral! Would say this is possibly more of a ‘local’ secret but so worth the venture! The clearest water and zero crows. Pack a picnic and take snorkel gear!

My Sister and her husband throwing ze coral

5. SPEND THE DAY AT THE LAGOON

The lagoon is right in town and there is room for everyone. Airlie area is a known home for stingers(jellyfish) at certain times of the year, so having the lagoon right in the village centre is ideal. You can take some food down, tan and lax. Its so lovely down there. PS: there’s also a designated pool for the kids ha yay!

6. EAT/TRY/ATTEMPT ALL OF THE SEAFOOD

You are absolutely spoilt for selection of seafood in a place like the Whitsundays. Its all so fresh and beautiful. You pay for it for sure, but worth every cent! I liked seafood at Northerlies, Fish D’vine or the supplier Fishi! One day we bought our own and sat on our killer balcony(Marina shores! The best accom in Airlie) taking in the marina whilst devouring crustaceans and it was perfecto.

Fish D’vine and rum bar
Our view for a week!

Its such a wonderful time up north! Zero international tourists so barely any busyness to put up with, it was fabulous! October is also a great month to visit! Enjoy FNQ x

6 Things I love about Australia

Gods country, right? Aren’t we lucky to have these wide open spaces, breathable air and some of the freshest produce around. A big country with a small population and ALOT to give.

  1. What is a crowded space?

Unless you live in one of our 7 main cities, Sydney being the most populated at just under 6 million(hard to believe) you probably won’t feel claustrophobic all that often. I’d like to think alot of Aussies dont even have neighbors, lol! So much space to roam, camp, frollick and have beaches to yourself. It’s such a free feeling and i hope this doesn’t change anytime soon, We’re such an island.

A map of Australia, with not much surrounding it. Europe can fit into our country comfortably. Source: annamap.com

2. Our beaches

Are like nowhere else… We don’t have many different ‘textured’ beaches like black sand or pebble beaches. But is there anything more perfect than a white sand beach with sand so high in silica that it squeaks? We are pretty lucky. A warm late 20degree day, some fresh fruit, a few beers and LOTS of sunscreen, heaven. And like I mentioned before, it wouldn’t be unheard of to have the beach to yourself. My favourite beaches are Rainbow beach/Double Island(QLD), Fraser Island(QLD) and Cable Beach(WA). All of these beaches never disappoint and are so relaxing so spend a few hours at. Apparently if you visited one Australian beach everyday it would take over 27 years! That’s a lot of exploring to be done. Also notice so much less pollution than beaches i’ve visited O/S, we aren’t perfect though and when we see anything that doesn’t belong on the coast we should always take it with us- hey πŸ˜‰

Stairway to heaven. Sunshine beach, Noosa, Queensland.
Fishing at a beach in Broome, Western Australia.

3. Our coffee

Again I think we create better coffee than anywhere else I’ve been. You’ve probably heard the term ‘coffee snobs’, yep that’s us! So much love, skill and pride is put into barista work here in Australia… aaaand we pay a lot for it! But hey its worth it. An airport almond cappuccino was my absolute priority when I flew in from North America(years ago, tear).

Have had a few coffee’s doing this beautiful national park walk. Talk about the most enjoyable morning workout- ever.

4. The people

Australians are fun. Australians are laid back. Australians don’t mind a cheeky party. Australian love to travel. Tick x4. Is there anything more you’d want out of a person? I really do mean it though, I’d like to think we’re a helpful and friendly bunch. If you were stuck on a highway/needed directions I’d like to think majority of the country would go out of their way to help in some shape or form. I also love that no distance seems too far- maybe not everyone has this outlook but being from the outback a 5 hour road trip for one night is nothing! Count me in.

A photo of my brother on a local river in the Northern Territory. He’s going to love that I put this here. You’re welcome. PSA: this bloke would absolutely pick you up if you had a flat. He’s a good one x

5. Endless summers

The weather I’d say is up there with reasons people move to/stay in Australia. We very rarely cancel plans due to snow storms/hail showers etc. The sun is basically always out(ok this may not be true in all states, but in QLD it sure is) We complain when jeans and a long sleeved shirt are required for a day out, lol! Wouldn’t go swimming at a local beach during the winter when its 25 degrees though, if you did this I’d consider you mentally unstable x

Tallebudgera creek, Gold coast, Queensland… swoooon.

6. Difference in states

Going to a different state is like headed to another country. They are all so unique and individual in a good way! Headed to Kangaroo island, South Australia? Heck no. Most Australians probably haven’t been! But Las Vegas… sure! It really is the case, haha so ridiculous. You really could spend your lifetime travelling this gorgeous, vast continent. Just ask any retired Australian 60+ or foreigner under 30 :P. We could all put more effort into seeing our backyards, now that we can’t- don’t we all want to?!

An enjoyable read, sunshine and rock pools. Sunshine coast, Queensland.

Australia is bloody beautiful though and if you haven’t been you need to! Our borders will be open all in good time, and when they are- we cant wait to have you!