If I were a mobile phone, I’d swear I’ve just had an upgrade!!! Maybe I’m just done with the pithy excuses, maybe all that drama knocked it out of me earlier this year and the ‘old Anna’ has been replaced. These days I’m all about chasing those moments that make life worth living, trying new things, conquering my inner scaredy cat and pushing a few boundaries. RIGHT ONNNN!
My adventures of late have been all about exploring my own backyard (The incredible Whitsundays), one of the world’s most-buzzed-about travel destinations with its postcard-perfect beaches, turquoise waters and lush, diverse landscape and gorgeous gardens that surround the path that take you right to the beach.
‘If you are walking down the right path and you are willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress’. 🙏🏻 #amentothat As I strolled down this very path to Betty’s Beach at Hill Inlet in @whitsundaysqld I couldn’t help but smile knowing I was walking to a place just 12 months ago I thought I’d only ever dream of. . . . #dreamcatcher #theartofslowliving #lovewhitsundays #discoveraustralia #queenslandlife
It’s impossible to have the Tuesday blues (only slightly better than the Monday blues…) when you’re looking at the Whitsunday blues. 💙🙏🏻💙 Thanks @missredcatadventures for an absolutely incredible day! #takemeback . . . #whithavenbeach #hillinlet #lovewhitsundays #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #whitsundayislands #discoverqueensland
Never thought I’d find myself saying this, but I have fallen in love with nature! In particular, the ocean and this tropical paradise. This place appears to be teeming with life with amazing coral sponges, rays, dolphins, sea turtles and giant clams that mix it up with a breeding area for humpback whales visiting from the Antarctic in late winter and early spring.
Living in a city for way too long, I never really thought about birdlife, but there are tons of birds here too, over 200 types in fact, on the downside there are frogs, lizards and creepy bats and snakes that I prefer to stay in denial over. Yep, it’s a regular Garden of Eden here.
With only a couple of days a week free to explore, I’ve been focusing on seeing as much as I can as quickly as possible. This week I taste tested a day trip on Thundercat Whitsundays with Red Cat Adventures, and made my third visit to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet with snorkelling stops at Mantaray and Butterfly Bay. I doubt these stops will ever get old for me and standing on Betty’s Beach…… PHEOWW! It is absolutely breathtaking and my idea of perfection.
My day with Thundercat Whitsundays ranked ‘way above expectation’ and I’ll absolutely do it again. The sun shone as we zoomed out to remote spots and snorkelled in the clean crystal waters.
Mick and Cam, both fun and super accommodating locals were Thundercat Whitsundays crew that day, and as this wasn’t my first trip on one of these cool high-powered rafts, I chose to plug my music in and doze in the sunshine on the way out. Bliss! Sidenote…. the vessel has been designed and built for stability and speed so it’s perfect for passengers who are concerned about seasickness.
One of the highlights of this trip was our tour guide and my friend Cam, who I’d first met on another tour. He generously shared his own philosophy about the environment around us, along with interesting stories of his life growing up in the Whitsundays. For me, having an intelligent, fun and passionate tour guide with LOADS of local knowledge and experience of the area TOTALLY made the day shine all the brighter.
I opted to spend one of the snorkel stops in the boat with Cam viewing the coral through a view finder, before I knew what was happening, he had pushed his fancy sunnies (sun glasses) onto my face so I could see into the water better, plonked his hat on my head and jumped in to the ocean, swimming around till he found a giant clam to show us.
Lunch was an amazing selection of sandwich fillings, zucchini frittata, quiche lorraine and salads, the most delicious brownies I’ve ever eaten for morning tea and fruit skewers for afternoon tea. Thundercat Whitsundays have designed a menu to suit most dietary requirements, however if you want to bring extra food and drink, there is an eski on the boat.
Just being out on the water zooming across the ocean at impressive speeds on Thundercat Whitsundays in the sunshine with the beautiful islands flitting past is a treat I recommend everyone experience.
So, tell me dear reader, do tour guides influence your day when on tours?
OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! 🌏🙏🏻 Being out on the water zooming across the ocean at impressive speeds on @thundercat.whitsundays in the sunshine with the beautiful islands flitting past is a treat I recommend EVERYONE experience. ⚡️🐱⚡️🐱 . . . #thundercat #airliebeach #redcatadventures #lovewhitsundays #discoverqueensland #whitfundays @whitsundaysqld @thundercat.whitsundays
shenANNAgans was a guest of Thundercat Whitsundays but all opinions remain her own.
Price: $179.00 per person.
Included: Free use of snorkelling equipment. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Stinger suit hire and wetsuit hire (winter months only). Parks fees and fuel levy.
Pickup: From/to Airlie Beach accommodation. Special pickup locations can be arranged.
Phone: 0457 332 287