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Before I visited the Whitsunday Islands the images that came to my mind were those of sailing from island to island (74 in total) whilst sipping on cold beers and eating the freshest seafood imaginable.
I envisioned dropping anchor in picturesque bays, diving over board to swim in the warm tranquil waters and digging my toes into the white powdery sand on some of the most amazing beaches in Australia.
Whilst the dream of visiting world famous Whitehaven Beach came true, I never imagined I would get to experience the Whitsunday Islands from above, in a helicopter.
But to get to our accommodation on Hayman Island, the northernmost inhabited island of the Whitsundays, one can either take a boat or, arrive in STYLE by helicopter like we did.
If you get the opportunity to experience flying over Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsunday Islands take it, you get a whole new perspective and even greater appreciation for how beautiful this part of Australia really is.
Unfortunately, it was an overcast day with a few light showers, but we did get the sun peaking its head out on occasion. The other challenging aspect of taking photos was the movement of the helicopter and shooting through the glass windows.
But the beauty of this place left me in awe and I fell in love with Australia yet again. The following 20 photographs will give you a glimpse into the experience to be had.
Made it to Hayman Island.
Experience the Whitsunday Islands
Our helicopter flight was with Hamilton Island Air. They also offer a variety of scenic flights, particularly over Heart Reef and Hill Inlet / Whitehaven Beach.
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