When you think of the Whitsundays, what comes into your mind first? If someone asked me that question I would say, pristine waters, fun and Islands. This is a special place to see from both the air and on the ground or in the water. Whitehaven beach and Hill Inlet look spectacular from the air.
This image was taken from a helicopter, I had the opportunity to take a flight back to the mainland from the outer reef pontoon. The helicopter only accommodates 3 passengers. The flight takes 1hour back to Hamilton Island. I took some amazing images of the reef and this, plus others of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. The reef is just magic from the air. Whitehaven beach is one of the most photographed beaches in Australia. You can really only appreciate this from the air. A tip for the buddy photographers out there, you need to time your photography for approximately 1½ hours either side of the change of tides. Otherwise you will get the water stained with tannin (brownish in colour) from the trees (this is not pollution it’s just nature at work) and this will ruin your shot. Also you will get more of the ripple of the pristine white sand during the in between tides, where if it is high tide you won’t see that.
All the different shades of blue and the browns and orange of the coral, it is hard to get one’s head around the sheer beauty nature has provided. Snorkelling is a popular activity on the reef, Cruise Whitsunday is the company to contact for a unique trip out to the reef. The water is pristine, the coral fabulous and multitudes of little fish to see such as the ones in this next image.
All the amazing formations of the Coral Fish – Owen Wilson Photography, who would have though a perfectly shaped Heart made by nature.
There are beaked coral fish, striped Surgeon fish, fish with stripes some with coloured fins, Clown fish and many more to view on the reef.
Cruise Whitsunday is the boat company that will take you to the outer reef, where there is a pontoon for day visits, snorkelling and diving, underwater observatory to view the fish and coral. Also there is a boat with a glass bottom to view the corals and fish. You have the option to stay overnight on the pontoon if you wish. There is a 10-minuet joy flight by Helicopter available to view Heart reef from the air.
The Voyager is a cruise boat that can take you to Whitehaven Beach, its only a matter of stepping onto the beach. Enjoy the day and return to Airlie Beach late afternoon.
The Whitsundays is a group of 74 Islands with only 8 Inhabited the other66 are protected by National Parks. Hamilton Island is the most popular of the habited islands, it is a car free island skirted by coral reefs and an abundance of marine life.
By air you can see the inhabited area compared to the bushland area, which is only accessible by walking trails. Travel on the island is by golf cart. Travel to and from the Island is either by air as Hamilton is equipped with and airstrip, or by sea.
There is a beautiful marina located on the West side of the island. All in all, a very nice Island to visit.
The Whitsundays are truly amazing, if you get the chance don’t hesitate GO. For more of these wonderful images visit www.owenwilson.net.au