i wanna go backkk to the whitsundays i… 

i wanna go backkk to the whitsundays!

i realized i never posted up lots of other pictures from australia, so i guess i will now!

whitsundays is a group of 74 islands off of the eastern coast of australia. it’s located in queensland, and is a popular destination for tourists. i guess it’s still considered a hidden gem because not lots of people are able to fly out and spend the time exploring the area. even though it’s a popular travel destination, it’s hard to get to (though you do pass by driving from brisbane/sydney to the great barrier reef) without a car, especially outside of airlie beach (where all the hotels are located!). in airlie, everyone travels by foot and everyday pretty much consists of snorkeling/diving at the reefs (which are about 1.5 hrs out), and traveling to areas outside of airlie (katoomba railway with a supposedly amazing view of the rainforest).

we flew out from brisbane, almost a 2 hour flight. the view on the flight was so gorgeous.. blue-green turquoise waters. sometimes you could even see through the water and see the sand dunes! they make a really pretty swirly pattern!

view from the plane. about to land!

arrived!

after another hour from the whitsunday proserpine airport, which was the smallest airport (with one runway & outdoor seating & no luggage area), we finally arrived at our hotel. it was on a really steep hill and was a bitch to climb up! what made up for it was the view…

the next two days (before we flew back to brisbane & then to sydney), we took day trips out to the great barrier reef for some snorkeling & reef-seeing. since we were only there for 2 days, we weren’t able to go to the whitehaven beach. i was so disappointed, but since we had to choose between whitehaven or the great barrier reef, we decided to go to the reef. white haven is a huge beach that is one of the top most beautiful beaches in the world.. the sand is pure white, and silicone soft (which makes sense bc it’s 99.9% silicone) or something like that.. since the sand dunes there underwater are also made up of white sand, the water mixes to form a really pretty light blue swirly pattern. looks AMAZING… it’s okay! i’ll find a chance to go next time!

snorkeling was definitely worth it! we saw dolphins at sea, and tons of other fish & crazy colored corals! the coral was about a body length’s distance below you, and so you can dive down and see the coral up close! there were bright blue colored ones, yellow, brown, black, white, and some were shaped like plates, others like tree branches, and a few like human brains! pretty cool! & i saw giant oysters/clams that were larger than the size of my laptop when its open! i swam with fish that were half the size of my body, and was surrounded by tons of schools of fish that were all brightly colored… red, yellow, striped & tons of angel fish! it felt soo unreal..it was exactly like finding nemo, except no talking fish!! some people even invested in camera add-ons to take pictures underwater. i wish i did!

along with snorkeling we also went on an underwater submarine-like thing that took us around the reef, and also on a glassbottom boat to look at the fish. they fed the fish and they all jumped up out of the water!!! crazy CRAZY.

hmm i didnt take many pictures while i went snorkeling or when i was on the boat! bc the waves that day were pretty big & i was worried it’d fall underwater or get wet since water is everywhere.. oh wellll

at sea

visited a few islands.. daydream & hayman island:

docking at hayman island

back in downtown airlie, we spent another day exploring and shopping. since it’s a small town, there’s really not that much to see. overall airlie is just a town where everyone (who wants to go to the reef/whitehaven in the day) lives. in the day, the town is full of tourists who arrive & are shopping around for groceries & getting used to the area. when we went, it was the week finals ended, so tons of high school & uni students were out  partying every night.. yes, it did result in awkward situations/conversations with my mom. hahahaha u___u

tried adding more pictures.. unfortunately my internet connection is not cooperating and taking 100 years so i’ll do it another time!

back to studying for my midterm tomorrow. haha. “studying”.

going to eat my free sprinkles cupcake soon. EXCITED. (pathetic, i know)