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Why you need to visit the Whitsunday Islands

We all know that Australia is a land of such wonder and mystique. The Land Down Under is a place people have flocked for years, soaking up rays, enjoying beautiful sights, and bronzing on sandy beaches. There are so many amazing things you can see here, and there are areas that even Aussie natives have yet to explore, but would definitely love.

I soaked up so much of the wonderful energy and ambiance when I was in Oz, especially the cities like Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney. But one place that still is top ranked at my bucketlist is Queensland’s beguiling Whitsunday Islands. It is supposed to be the best-kept secret in Australia. Lying somewhere between the northeast coast of Queensland, and the sensational Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands are a treat that every explorer like me needs to experience. In this travel Tuesday I have listed some major reasons why I would love to go there.


Five reasons why I would love to visit the GBR

1. The GBR

One of the reasons I suppose most people come to Whitsunday Island is to get up close and personal with the Great Barrier Reef, and who could blame them?! I would love to do the same. Stretching for more than 2,300km, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest living organism on Earth. If I ever will get the opportunity to visit the GBR I will definitely sleep under the stars of the GBR. >USA Today named the reef one of the 10 greatest natural wonders of the world, and I that I also would love to check out myself. Maybe the GBR beat natural beauties like Grand Canyon?

2. Plenty of sailing opportunities

The island also offers plenty of sailing opportunities for those, like me, who love being on the water! If I go there I would definitely get out on the smooth waters of the Coral Sea. The amazing azure waters seems to offer smooth sailing so you can truly maximise the experience of being on the water. Without going out on the water the trip wouldn’t be complete in my opinion.


3. Whitehaven Beach

What better way to indulge in the perfect Aussie adventure that to enjoy the white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach. The Whiteheaven beach is one of the most iconic beaches in the world, this is the perfect place to relax, unwind, catch some rays, and bask in the beauty of nature and as the true beach lover that I am this is a must do thing I dreamt about for years. The 7km beach is said to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. They also have BBQ and camping facilities there and when in OZ why not maximize the cultural experience and do it the Aussie way?

4. Whale watching

Whale watching? I hear you ask! In Australia?! Well, yes! Guess you will be surprised that me, that actually are afraid of animals would like to watch wales. But that’s not a lie. Seeing the “Free Willy” whale IRL would be a lifetime memory. During their migration whales can sometimes be seen off the coast of the island, and the calm waters teem with whales and their calves! But for seeing whales the largest chance of doing so is between July and September, when the whales choose to give birth. You can even take half day whale watching cruises around the Whitsundays which would be ideal in order to get the perfect experience.

5. Underwater beauty

I love the ocean and the mysteries she holds so close. But since I am a bit afraid of animals I am scared of meeting them underwater. Snorkelling is a big thing in the GBR and maybe, maybe I would challenge myself if I go to the GBR to get the great views of the underwater world. The Secret Traveller at 1Cover recommends that everyone learn to dive when they get the chance , and if it is one place in the world I would dive at it is the GBR. Or if I am not that brave a ride in a semi-submarine along the coastline for an underwater experience would be an alternative. But seeing the underwater beauty is a must at the GBR.


Australia’s tropical paradise is too good to turn down, and why would you want to? There is so much to take in here, and you get to enjoy a serene and relaxing trip with some pretty sensational views to boot! I can’t wait to get back to Australia and explore the GBR and Whitesundays. I actually planned to go there a few years back in time but I was so unlucky that a natural disaster were hitting the place just a week before I arrived so I couldn’t go there. If you can think of any other things that I have missed at my list, please let me know in the comments so I can motivate my trip down under even better. Because one thing is clear – I have to get back and keep exploring the world down under!

/ Pernilla that is dreaming about Australia

PS: Sources to pictures are, here, here and here.


  1. Nu blir jag ju supernyfiken, vad är det du inte gillar med Spanien? Jag har nog inte varit på en endaste plats i Spanien som jag inte gillat, men så är jag inte så kräsen heller, får jag bara sol, hav, kanske en strand och god sangria så är jag nöjd haha. Favoriten är Barcelona, men gillar också Madrid för storstadspulsen, Fuengirola för dom vilda nätterna, Mallis för att Palma är en vacker stad, Fuerteventuras vågor och Ibizas vackra stränder.

    1. Ibiza skulle jag också vilja åka till. Vet inte riktigt vad jag inte gillar kanske de icke vita stränderna, maten eller atmosfären. Men ska ge det några chanser till. Valencia, San Sebastian, Alicante och lite skidåkning måste jag utforska.

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