When we started planning our trip to Australia, the one thing I had clear was that we couldn’t go back to Spain without experiencing the exceptional beauty of one of the seven wonders of the world.
Situated off the coast of Queensland, Australia’s most remarkble natural gift is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on Earth visible from outer space. The reef streches 1600 miles (2600 km) along the east coast of Australia and covers over 133.000 square miles (344.000 sq km).
Blessed with intriguing diversity, this underwater marvel is home to 1,500 species of ocean fish, 500 species of reef fish, 400 types of coral, 4000 species of mollusks, reef sharks, turtles, dugongs and whales.
The best way to appreciate the grandeur of the Earth´s largest protected marine area is without a doubt, above its surface.
Our 60 Minute Scenic Flight
We took off from Whitsunday Airport for an absolutely unforgettable journey over the unique and exotic Withsundays and the magical Heart Reef.
For a second, we couldn’t help but wonder if that exquite site was real. From turquoise to indigo and all hues in between, it was impossible not to feel immediately impressed. We still can´t believe we have seen such an extraordinary panorama of marine life. We´ve been in disbelief since we got off the airplane.
First discovered in 1975 by Air Whitsunday’s pilots, the world famous heart-shaped island is truly romantic. The small section of coral is only 17 metres in diameter and has become one of the most iconic images of Australia.
The reef can be visited from many towns along the Queensland’s coast however, we opted for the coastal village of Airlie beach as it provided easy access to the islands and the Great Reef Barrier.
SEA STAR APARTMENTS
We absolute loved our stay at Sea Star. Conveniently located to enjoy all the interesting attractions the vibrant town has to offer, the property had so many delightful qualities that ensured our stay both comforable and memorable.
The apartment had a large lounge with expansive ocean views, a light and roomy bedroom with balcony access, walk in wardrobe with full ensuite and separate laundry. The generous fully equipped kitchen included a dining area which seated up to 6.
Sulphur-crested cockatoos visited us at breakfast time on our balcony. With its brilliant white plumage and bright yellow crest, the sulphur- crested cockatoos were very gentle, playful and exceptionally loud too!