The Whitsunday Coast is not easily accessible from Melbourne, despite being a few hours away via plane. All flights go through Brisbane and there is only one flight each day to/from Brisbane, which means you spend quite a bit of time traveling. The Whitsunday Coast Airport has only two gates and is about the size of a large house in the United States. From the airport, it is about a 35 minute drive to Airlie Beach, which is the "jumping off point" for most of the Whitsunday Island sailing trips. We did not arrive until 4pm, which meant that we would spend a full day in Airlie before heading out on our boat. Due to the fact that it was our anniversary and we received a generous financial gift from my parents, we splurged on our lodging at Peppers Coral Coast. The room was top notch and the manager even left a bottle of complimentary champagne in our room for our anniversary!
|Huuuuuuge spa tub in the bathroom|
|View from the balcony of our apartment|
|Live music at Magnums|
|Nighttime view of the pool and restaurant at Peppers|
|Enjoying a beautiful view from the pool lounger!|
We then picked up plenty of booze for our trip and walked down to Abel Point Marina, the landmark from which our boat would be departing. Soon after, we met our crew and fellow passengers, and we were off on a 2 day/2 night adventure of sailing around the Whitsunday Islands!!