He said, she said: The Whitsunday Islands by kids

Whitehaven Beach : Whitsunday Islands by Kids. BoyEatsWorld
The deep sapphire of the sea, the green of the islands and the reef’s fusion of fifty shades of blue make the Whitsunday Islands beautiful beyond description. Long term fans of the gorgeous area, we certainly didn’t need to be asked twice for a return visit. 

And though between visits Cyclone Debbie’s dramatic environmental makeover wreaked much destruction, our recent stay at Airlie Beach proved that not even mother nature’s tempestuous tantrum can dull The Whitsunday Islands’ blinding beauty.

We also discovered that there is still plenty of fun to be found for families in and out of the water. But just don’t take my word on the wonders of the Whitsundays with kids; here Raffles are Sugarpuff are sharing their thoughts on The Whitsunday Islands by kids and why they think it is fab for families. 

1. The Beaches

The Whitsundays punches way above its weight when it comes to stunning beaches! From the bone white silica sand (the purest in the world) and turquoise waters of Whitehaven Beach to Bowen’s beautiful beaches and the dozens of tiny wisps of sands hidden away on secluded islands, lovers and sand and sea are spoilt for choice.

He said: The sand on Whitehaven Beach was so fine that it squeaked when you walked on it, a bit like a little fart. But in a good way! I liked the sound. It was super white and I loved the view from Hill Inlet because the water and sand mixed together looked a bit like an underwater tornado. The water was crystal clear and a really nice temperature. I could have spent all day in it. Actually, I did spend all day in it”.

Whitehaven Beach : Whitsunday Islands by Kids. BoyEatsWorld

She said: At Whitehaven Beach I got to help mummy use the sand to make her wedding ring all shiny but I loved the rock beach best (Cannonvale Beach) because there was at least one thousand billion shells and pretty rocks to collect, but when we left I put them all back because they belong there and it would be naughty to take them. My favourite shell looked like a crab’s hand. The water was very clear so I could see all the fishes and the water was nice and warm.”

Cannonvale Beach: Whitsunday Islands by Kids

2. The water sports

From jet skiing and parasailing to kayaking and paddle boarding, there is no more beautiful place to get your water sport on than the Whitsunday Islands. My adventurous duo love their water sports so were super excited to spend an hour paddle boarding with Whitsunday Stand Up Paddle and Kayak on Shingley Beach.  Raffles is a bit of a pro and was off racing cross the water before I had even even fitted an ankle strap. But even with the handicap of not having a clue how to do it, and having Sugarpuff dangling decorously from the front of my board like some kind of nautical figurehead, I soon caught up with my boy racer and am now as hooked as he is.

He said: “I love stand up paddle boarding and I got to teach my mum how to do it. It was awesome being able to paddle board together because she’s like my best friend.”

Paddle Boarding: Whitsunday Islands by Kids

She said: “I really liked paddle boarding because I got to lay there while mummy paddled me about but then I tried paddling and knocked my mum in the head twice, which was funny, but not for her. “

Paddle Boarding: Whitsunday Islands by Kids

3. The Boating Adventures

The Whitsundays are a boating mecca packed with catamarans, yachts and cruisers just waiting to be skippered throughout the patchwork of blues. For those who’d rather be chauffeured, there is a choice of tall ships, speedboats, jet boats, and even army ducks. Cruise Whitsundays have plenty of great cruise options for families with day trips to the Reefworld Pontoon for snorkelling and scuba (all equipment is available for loan on site) and, for those who don’t want to get wet, an underwater viewing chamber and semi-submersible submarine. On this occasion we decide on taking to the water with the award-winning Ocean Rafting team and their new custom-built boat, Riptide, which takes us zigging and zagging around the islands at speed.

He said: There are so many ways to explore the islands but I doubt any of them are as much fun as doing it with Ocean Rafting. The captain and the host were super nice and the boat zooms around really fast and does crazy loops. You have to hold on for your life. Epic!”

Ocean Rafting: Whitsunday Islands by Kids

She said: “The boat was super fast and they did lots of spins, which made me giggle.”

Ocean Rafting: Whitsunday Islands by Kids

4. The Great Barrier Reef

We cant possibly visit the wonderful Whitsundays without donning wetsuits, snorkels and masks to explore the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.The 2,300km-long underwater world is the largest living organism on Earth, bigger even than Raffles’ appetite (allegedly). Dotted with pretty living corals, thousands of varieties of spotted, striped and lavishly-hued fish happily going about their business, the ravishing reef is home to 10% percent of the world’s entire fish species including more than 100 species of jellyfish, 130 plus breeds of shark and rays, six of the world’s seven species of threatened marine turtles and more than 30 species of whales and dolphins. 

He said: “Snorkelling across the reef was so amazing. It’s like an underwater world, and kind of how I imagine Atlantis would look, except without the buildings. There were loads of pink and red corals, plus tonnes of grandly coloured fish and a cool purple-lipped clam that kept opening and closing.”

The Great Barrier Reef : Whitsunday Islands by Kids

She said: I tried snorkelling but was a bit scared. Mama looked after me though and the coral was pretty.From our boat we saw a giant turtle pop his head up to say hello. And there were loads and loads of fish in the water.”

5. The Food

Of course we find time to fill our bellies. From burgers by the beach, big and bold breakfast at The Fat frog Café, incredible seafood platter at Treehouse Airlie Beach, which also boasts a kids’ menu delightfully designed by actual kids, and fabulous fine dining at the new Hemmingway’s with its white cane furniture, cool cocktails and impeccable Modern Australian fusion food, we shovelled food in faces at every opportunity.  

He said: “The food up in the Whitsundays was even better than I expected. Especially the seafood. Hemmingway’s at Airlie Beach was spectacular. I had the most incredible cured King Salmon and reef fish with clams. Unbelievable! And the white chocolate and raspberry cocktail the bar dude made me was the best I’ve ever had. I also loved the ridiculously huge Seafood platter at The Treehouse, it had everything you could imagine and more. And though it was all delicious, my favourite bit was the prosciutto wrapped king prawns.”

Hemmingways Airlie Beach: Whitsunday Islands by Kids

She said: “I liked the fat frog because I got to have a freddo frog and loads of ice cream on my pancakes and also liked it because it had loads of toys and a dress up corner.”

Fat Frog Cafe : Whitsunday Islands by Kids

6. The Resorts

Renowned for its resorts, not all had reopened for business on our post Cyclone Debbie visit but those that were wowed. The recently refurbished Mantra Club Croc is conveniently located on Shute Harbour Road just a few minutes’ walk from the Whitsunday Shopping mall, dozens of fantastic restaurants and Abell Point Marina. Stylish and spacious accommodation, a fantastic resort pool and spa, and an excellent poolside restaurant and bar are just a few of the great amenities for families. Airlie Beach’s BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort is seriously one of the best holiday parks in Australia, with accommodation ranging from camp sites to luxury two- and three-bedroom condos. It’s also home to Airlie Beach’s largest resort-style swimming pool with two fun waterslides and a toddler splash area. Plus there are jumping pillows, pedal karts, a mini-golf course, playground and, opening any day now, a waterpark with a whopping 13 waterslides.

He said: “I really liked Club Croc because I got my own room, and the TV had awesome movies playing. Plus they had a really cool pool that looked like a lagoon and it had all these different little sections and an island in the middle, which made it great for playing tip and other games with my sister. The restaurant there was great too, we had awesome tacos for lunch (I recommend the fish ones). And they bought an epic tropical fruit platter to our room as well as cool flavoured popcorn that we gobbled it while we watched Fantastic Mr Fox in bed with mama. It’s an awesome hotel for families.”

Mantra CLub Croc: Whitsunday Islands by Kids

She said: “I liked Club Croc because it had a big pool and a really yummy buffet but I also liked BIG 4 because they had jumping pillows and mini golf.”

Big 4 Adventure Whitsundays : Whitsunday Islands by Kids

  

Disclosure: The Eats Worlds were hosted by the lovely people at Tourism and Events Queensland  but as always, all opinions, gorging and fishy frolicking are our own.

 

 

 

20 Comments on He said, she said: The Whitsunday Islands by kids

  1. Anna
    July 12, 2017 at 4:48 am (2 months ago)

    These pictures of Sugarpuff are divine

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  2. BOYEATSWORLD
    July 12, 2017 at 6:47 am (2 months ago)

    Thank you, that’s so kind

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  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    July 12, 2017 at 4:03 pm (2 months ago)

    LOL I love the differences between both their answers in the first point-from farty sand to sparky rings! So cute 🙂

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      July 14, 2017 at 4:58 am (2 months ago)

      THe farty sand had me in stitches. They really do have their own way of seeing things.

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  4. galia vu
    July 18, 2017 at 3:07 pm (2 months ago)

    Wow! your pics really fantastic. The beaches and resorts so great! Keep going on!

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  5. Kathy Marris
    July 19, 2017 at 6:56 pm (2 months ago)

    The Whitsundays are an extraordinary group of islands. Your photos of your gorgeous children enjoying the treasures of the islands are wonderful. It makes me want to return very soon!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      July 21, 2017 at 9:23 pm (2 months ago)

      IT is as beautiful as it ever was. I”m heading back next week.

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  6. Pete
    July 20, 2017 at 12:56 pm (2 months ago)

    Love those happy photographs. Sounds like you all had a great time. And yeah, the “farty” sand was funny. Reminds me of my first encounter with the golden sand of the Gold Coast when I was seven, and I was charmed by the squeaky noise I could make just running about!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      July 21, 2017 at 9:24 pm (2 months ago)

      Hehe. Who knew farty sand was a thing?

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  7. Teresa
    July 20, 2017 at 10:16 pm (2 months ago)

    What a great post! I loved that it’s from the kids’ point of view. A very novel approach and it really works. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      July 21, 2017 at 9:24 pm (2 months ago)

      The kids love having a say, and I think its just as important to hear what they like as what they I do.

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  8. Courtney Coughlan
    July 22, 2017 at 11:21 am (2 months ago)

    Such a lovely idea to have opinions from the kids!

    I loved “her” comments as it shows the innocence of a small child while you could tell “his” was a little older and wiser!

    The Whitsundays have never been on my bucket list but after reading this I might have to add them to it!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      July 22, 2017 at 11:47 am (2 months ago)

      THanks Courtney, I love hearing their thoughts. They’re usually so different to my own.

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  9. Bruce Schinkel
    July 23, 2017 at 12:10 pm (2 months ago)

    Loved visiting Australia, but sadly missed out on seeing Whitsunday Islands .. something we’ll definitely be correcting on our next trip! Such great activities, and I especially enjoyed your kid’s perspectives

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  10. neha
    July 23, 2017 at 12:50 pm (2 months ago)

    What a wonderful day you had with your kids. And did you see, in all their comments they had your mention somewhere. Somehow the day turns beautiful for them and the experiences even better when we spend time and build the experiences with them. Thats one of the reasons I always travel with my kid

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  11. Rhiannon
    July 23, 2017 at 6:13 pm (2 months ago)

    “It squeaked when you walked on it, a bit like a fart” – I cannot stop laughing, so hilarious! Sounds a lot like something my bodily function-obsessed nephew would say! I’m totally with your daughter, Freddos are great and would absolutely be the deciding characteristic of what makes a place worth eating at!

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  12. One Tech Traveller
    July 24, 2017 at 8:07 am (2 months ago)

    lovely family holiday at Whitsunday Islands. Your kids looked like they really enjoyed it there. Thanks for the journey 🙂

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  13. Kate Carter Hickey
    July 24, 2017 at 9:37 am (2 months ago)

    Your kids quotations had me giggling! Fantastic beaches always thrill me. These look breathtaking! I have yet to try paddleboarding. Must get on that!

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  14. voyagestic
    August 26, 2017 at 12:36 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Very nice place and beautiful kids 🙂

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