In Airlie Beach a trip to the Whitsundays is the obvious choice. Its famous Whitehaven Beach is considered the most beautiful in the world and the view from the Hill Inlet lookout is simply mind blowing. Another great thing to do is to dive or snorkel the outer Great Barrier Reef, as it is said to be in better shape than in the Cairns area.
Before we sailed off to the Whitsundays, we explored the area around Airlie Beach by ourselves. By recommendation of the lovely camping receptionist we drove down the Glen Isla Road to the Proserpine River. On our way we stopped at every Agile Wallaby we saw and finally at the river we were able to spot one of those huge and notorious river crocodiles. Later we drove to the Cedar Creek Falls and this was the first time in Australia we could actually swim under one of those impressive waterfalls.
Our sailing trip to the Whitsundays was perfect. One of the reasons for this verdict was the fact that we sailed there with the most picturesque sailing boat we had ever seen. On our way to the main island we went snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef and my father snorkeled for the first time in his life – I was so proud of him.
When we arrived at the Hill Inlet Lookout the tide was ideally set. The blue water made its unique drawing on the white sand and made the whole scenery look so perfect it was difficult to believe this was real. But after making our way down to Whitehaven Beach we could feel how real it was. We spent our entire time jumping around and taking photos and felt as if we had to leave paradise when it was time to go back on our sailing boat.