Think the pictures you’ve seen of the Whitsundays are too good to be true? Well, adventurer and Instagrammer Jason Charles Hill (@jasoncharleshill) is here to tell you different. He shares his extraordinary images and enthusiastic amazement after a recent visit to this idyllic part of Queensland, including Hamilton Island, Whitehaven Beach and a night under the stars on a Reef Sleep adventure.
Was this your first time in the Whitsundays?
Yes this was my first time and it’s safe to say it lived up to the hype!
What was your first impression of the Whitsundays?
This is really only an hour flight from Brisbane? We touched down on Hamilton Island and immediately you could feel everything slow down and holiday mode kick in. I could get used to this pace of life.
How is it different to other parts of Australia?
I don’t think there is anywhere else like it in Australia or the world, for that matter. Seventy-two idyllic tropical islands surrounded by the bluest of water and the whitest of sandy beaches – it’s the definition of paradise really.
Favourite shot from the trip?
Ah there were so many but it was from the air that really blew me away. Flying high up over Hill Inlet and seeing the textures of the Coral Sea meeting some of the whitest sand you’ll see, it’s closer to the brush strokes of a painter than a real-life landscape.
What was the highlight of the trip?
The Reef Sleep! Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d get the chance to camp out under the stars on the Great Barrier Reef. Who knew it was even possible? Waking up to the warmth of the sun and the sounds of the ocean in the Coral Sea is an experience I’ll never forget.
Tips for first-timers?
Go above and go below! Take a heli or sea plane and see the landscape from above, then take your snorkel and flippers and immerse yourself in the rich environment below.
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Perfect beach spot?
It doesn’t take long to find your own special little beach up here, with over 70 tropical islands to choose from, but without a doubt Whitehaven takes the cake as the perfect beach. You see photos of this place and you think it can’t possibly be this good. Well it is! It doesn’t take long and you can wander off and find you a piece of beach to call your own.
What would you recommend to your friends about the Whitsundays?
Leave your watch at home and do what islanders do and live on island time! While you’re in the Whitsundays make sure you taste the local food, get up for sunrise and enjoy the sand between your toes and salt in your hair.
Next time around what would you like to do/see?
Next time I come back I’d love to get up Passage Peak on Hamilton Island for sunrise and get back out on the reef for some scuba diving. I can’t get enough of this place.
How would you describe the Whitsundays in three words?
Warm, pristine, idyllic.
Where are you off to next?
Well as we speak I’m packing for the Snowy Mountains so say goodbye to ‘T-shirt and thongs weather’, haha! After that there is the Middle East, Europe and Canada so things are looking pretty busy in the coming months but I can’t wait :)