Beached

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.

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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.

Day cruise

Bucket list ticked

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.

Snorkelling

Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island lived up to expectations – the colours of the white silica sand and azure sea were incredible…

White silica sand at Whitehaven beach

The gorgeous colour of the water at Whitehaven beach

and even more amazing from the lookout – a definite “must do” if you ever get the chance.

The walk to the lookout

View from the lookout

We even got to see stingray and sharks – from an appropriately safe distance.

Stingrays

A closer encounter was with a very well-behaved koala at the Wildlife Sanctuary.

Koala cuddle

Next port of call was Coffs Harbour, where we thoroughly enjoyed our week at Korora Bay Village timeshare resort –

Korora Bay Village Resort

an easy 10 minute walk from Hills Beach.

Hills beach - Spot the kookaburra

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”!

Surf fishing

We absolutely loved trekking 2 hours along the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk all the way from Hills Beach into Coffs Harbour itself.

Soliatry Islands Coastal Walk

We walked the length of one beach to the next, linked by a series of paths and walkways, each with spectacular views.

Solitary Islands Coastal Walk

Solitary Islands Coastal Walk

Macaulys Beach

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.

Loving it

I guess we still do call Australia “home”.

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About frenchfry36

South African by birth, British by right, Australian by oath, French by choice.
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