Our travels usually take us overseas – but over recent weeks we have had the pleasure of enjoying some of Australia’s fabulous beaches.
First stop was Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, with a gorgeous view of Catseye Bay from our “Seaview room” at Whitsunday Apartments.
I even got to metaphorically cross off “snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef” off my unwritten bucket list when we went on a fantastic day cruise.
While the colours of the coral were not as vibrant as the professional photographs you often see, the variety of shapes and types of both coral and fish were amazing and I felt like I was alone with nature on this outer reef, and very glad that we chose this quieter option.
Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island lived up to expectations – the colours of the white silica sand and azure sea were incredible…
and even more amazing from the lookout – a definite “must do” if you ever get the chance.
We even got to see stingray and sharks – from an appropriately safe distance.
A closer encounter was with a very well-behaved koala at the Wildlife Sanctuary.
Next port of call was Coffs Harbour, where we thoroughly enjoyed our week at Korora Bay Village timeshare resort –
an easy 10 minute walk from Hills Beach.
Tony tried his luck at surf fishing – and I assured him he was successful when he came home empty-handed. After all, it is called “fishing” and not “catching”!
We absolutely loved trekking 2 hours along the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk all the way from Hills Beach into Coffs Harbour itself.
We walked the length of one beach to the next, linked by a series of paths and walkways, each with spectacular views.
We had worked up an appetite for one final serve of our favourite Ricotta Hotcakes at trendy “Old John’s” café where we resolved to spend more time at the beach during our time spent in this beautiful island continent.
I guess we still do call Australia “home”.