We managed to book ourselves on a couple of day trips from Airlie Beach. On 26th we were up bright and early for a day trip around the Whitsunday Islands. Our first stop was Hook Island, where we did some snorkeling around some inner reefs, which was cool, tho we didnt get to see all that much, as the water wasn't too clear. We also went on a glass bottom boat and down an under water observatory. We then went to Whitehaven beach which was amazing and voted onr of the top 10 best beaches. The sea air as usual got to the boys and before to long I was covered head to toe in sand and being drowned, before they turned on Molly!! Once we had got as much of the sand off as possible, which wasn't that much, we were back on the boat and off to Daydream Island, which was nice, but a bit too resorty for our liking. All in all though, we had a pretty good day.
Our next day trip was to the Great Barrier Reef. The staff on the boat were extremely excited about the conditions of the day as the sea was perfectly still and clear which is pretty unheard of. We spent most of the day in the water snorkeling which was just out of the world! All the photos you see and assume have been photo shopped to the max were real and right in front of us!! We also went on a glass bottom boat which due to the perfect conditions meant we could go to uncharted territory, and it was also clearer to look over the side of the boat for a change. This meant we had perfect view of a turtle we managed to follow before heading back to the boat. On our return journey we were also lucky enough to sea a school of dolphins swimming in the distance. This day for all of us was pretty special and one of our best yet!
After leaving Airlie beach we headed to Finch Hatton where we stayed in my favourite campsite yet. It was called Platypus Bush camp and was right along side a river which had an area for platypus spotting and another for swimming. We spent the afternoon relaxing in rubber rings in the river before having the best shower ever in the middle of a rainforest. We then spent the early evening waiting for the elusive Platypus but were only lucky enough to spot a king fisher. The following morning I dragged the boys out of bed at 5:30am (Molly refused to move) certain wed have better luck By 7am the boys had had enough and having only seen a turtle (which was still pretty cool) we decided to make a move. We spent the following night in a place called 1770 - no idea why it was called 1770? or why we stayed there? as there was nothing to it. We then made our way back to Brisbane which is where we are now!!