We love having visitors because we get the opportunity to play tour guides and show off our beautiful Whitsundays region. Not that we need an excuse to see our local area, as we are often out and about enjoying the many fabulous natural locations the region offers ourselves, yet having others to share this magnificent beauty with is really satisfying.
We recently had family up from the southern states and showed them around a few locations they had not seen before. We kept what we considered the best local tour until last, the full day tour to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet with Cruise Whitsundays.
This awesome cruise starts early, with a 6.30 am call at the Port of Airlie. It doesn't matter how many times we have done this particular cruise, we are always excited when the boarding call sounds at 6.45 am and the fun begins as we depart for Whitehaven Beach at 7.00 am.
The cruise picks up additional passengers at Hamilton Island Marina then continues on to our destination for the day, Whitehaven Beach. Our family actually gave a few little gasps of absolute joy as we rounded the point into Whitehaven Bay and they took their first look at the seven kilometer long white sand beach. It really is a magnificent sight.
As soon as we stepped onto the pure silica sand, we boarded a smaller boat for a fast trip along the shoreline to the stunning Hill Inlet and Betty's Beach.
This driftwood was a legacy of Cyclone Debbie and is proving to be an Instagram sensation.
After a photo opportunity on Betty's Beach, our group was then escorted to the Hill Inlet lookout. Probably one of the worlds most beautiful views. I'll let the photos do the talking here.
The stunning view from Hill Inlet Lookout
Then it was back to Whitehaven Beach for lunch, a swim and the afternoons itinerary. A bush walk to the southern lookout or an even longer hike if you so desired.
Far too soon the day was over, with boarding the Cruise Whitsunday vessel beginning around 4.00 pm.
Goodbye Whitehaven Beach until next time, which for us won't be long, for as luck happens we have visitors coming again in just a few weeks time.