TOM & NATALIE’S ULTIMATE AUSSIE ADVENTURE

WEEK 2: WHITSUNDAYS

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Overview map of where and what Tom & Natalie got up to this week!

TRANSPORT
Seaplane, Jucy Van, sailing ship, speedboat

STAYS
Jucy Van, YHA Airlie Beach, Alexander Stewart, Paradise Cove Resort

ACTIVITIES
Barrier Reef trips, snorkeling, sailing, scenic flight, kayak

LOCATIONS
Whitsunday islands, Whitehaven Beach, Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Airlie Beach

Week 2 – Whitsundays

The adventures continue down the coast of Queensland, as Natalie and Tom make their way in the Jucy camper-van. After leaving the wallabies and koalas behind at Magnetic Island, they drove down to Airlie Beach. Airlie Beach is a resort town on the Whitsundays coastline, and a popular place to stay for those who wish to explore the Whitsunday islands. From there, they got to explore the famous islands by seaplane and sailing ship, as well as staying at a private luxury villa… 

 

Paradise Cove Resort

Natalie and Tom were taken out on a boat, by Red Cats Adventures, that took them around to explore the Whitsunday islands. The Whitsundays consists of 74 islands and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Queensland, with its pristine beaches and location on the Great Barrier Reef. After enjoying some snorkeling in the crystal clear water, the boat took them to Paradise Cove Resort, which is a privately-owned luxury estate on Woodward Bay. They stayed at the Rainforest Villa with their own private beach and outdoor bathtubs. Celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Chris Hemsworth have stayed at Paradise Cove Resort, and it’s easy to understand why as guests get to enjoy their own private beach and are surrounded by tropical rainforest. 

 

Whitsunday Island & Whitehaven Beach

Red Cat Adventures took Natalie and Tom out for another day in the Whitsundays. They went snorkeling at two different reefs, and managed to get up and close with big Maori wrasse fish, which are huge and can live up to 50 years! After exploring the reefs, they were taken to the Whitsunday Island (the biggest of the 74 islands) and spent some time at the famous Whitehaven Beach. The beach features on several “Best Beaches in the World” lists every year, and it’s easy to understand why with its incredible 7 km. stretch of white sand, which is 99% pure Quartz. Back at Paradise Cove Resort, Natalie and Tom spent the rest of the afternoon paddle boarding and kayaking along their private beach. 
 
 
Scenic flight with a seaplane
 
Back on the mainland Natalie & Tom met with the lovely ladies from Tourism Whitsundays,  who gave some tips of what to do in the area. They checked into the YHA on Airlie Beach, where they relaxed by the pool. The next morning they woke up early to enjoy a scenic flight with Air Whitsunday. They were taken up with a seaplane over the Whitsunday islands and Great Barrier Reef. Flying with a seaplane is an incredible way to see the Great Barrier Reef and they got a great view of the famous “Heart Reef”, which is shaped like a heart. But they didn’t just fly – after some time up in the air, the pilot landed the plane on the water so that Natalie and Tom got to go snorkeling in the reef for 2 hours, right off the plane! Now, that’s a trip they will surely remember. 

 

Sail & stay on a sailing ship

Another day, another adventure! Natalie and Tom boarded the sailing ship Alexander Stewart, which was built by an Australian family. The sailing trip was organized through Whitsundays Sailing Adventures, which offers eco-friendly sailing safaris on the Great Barrier Reef. Along with the other passengers, they learned about both sailing, navigation and the Great Barrier Reef itself from their captain. They were also put to work by helping to hoist the sails. The ship took them to Whitehaven Beach, Blue Pearl Bay and Hill Inlet, where they were able to snorkel, sunbathe, swim and explore. When it got dark all the passengers enjoyed their meal together on deck, whilst learning about the star constellations, before they headed below deck to sleep. The ship accommodates up to 24 passengers, so there’s plenty of space.

Back on land, Natalie and Tom started to make their way down to central Queensland, which you can read about in our summary of their 3rd week. Stay tuned! 

Stay tuned on our blog to follow Natalie and Tom on Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure… 

Thanks to this week’s featured prize partners:

Tom Cunningham

Tom is from country Victoria and currently living in Sydney. He recently returned from a trip to Utah in the US. Tom is a great photographer, videographer and drone operator, so he's looking forward to capturing some amazing footage for your all t o share across your socials as well. Make sure you check out some of his footage he shot from Kokoda and PNG for taste of whats to come!

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Natalie Otto

Natalie is from the USA but has recently moved to Melbourne! She is a former TV news reporter in the US so she is certainly comfortable in front of the camera telling her stories about the adventures with you all. She is also an avid video producer and videographer as well, so you can expect some interesting edited videos from Natalie at some point a long the journey when they get a break!

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