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Australia’s remote castaway tropical island: Haggerstone

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Not a skerrick of pretension can be found anywhere near the jungle green mound that is Haggerstone Island, sitting peaceably in its own reef just 80 kilometers from the tip of Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. Those in the know ditch their shoes along with their big city stresses and fly 2 ½ hours from Cairns over virgin rainforest and an aquamarine sea dotted with lily-pad-like reefs.   The airport is a clay landing strip on nearby Hicks Island.  Baggage handling is by tractor. The destination: a remote, castaway tropical island paradise.

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Photo Friday: Whitehaven is one of the world’s best beaches

Whitehaven Beach in Queensland's Whitsunday region is one of the world's most beautiful beaches

Whitehaven Beach, located in the heart of the Whitsundays region of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland, is regularly voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Comprised of 100 percent pure white silica, the seven-kilometer beach stretches along one side of Whitsunday Island, which is the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsunday region.

At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, which is a stunning cover where the tide shifts the sand and water to create an ever changing fusion of colors.

I took this picture on a scenic helicopter flight from Hamilton Island. We swept along the full stretch of Whitehaven Beach before heading out to Heart Reef, the other iconic attraction in this part of the world.

There are several ways to access Whitehaven Beach. Many companies offer day trips (from Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island) by  power boat or sailing boat. Most overnight sailing trips also stop here...

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Photo Friday: Heart Reef for Valentine’s Day

Heart Reef on the Great Barrier Reef

I took this photo from a helicopter flying over Hardy Reef in the Whitsundays section of the Great Barrier Reef.  It’s a perfect image to celebrate Valentine’s Day, don’t you think? Many a wedding proposal has been made as loving couples fly over the reef but you are not allowed to snorkel or dive here because of its protected status.

Cruise Whitsundays Reefworld pontoon is not far away and you can spend the day here snorkeling and diving, feeding the giant potato cod and exploring the surrounding reef in a semi submersible. There are helicopter flights from here to see Heart Reef and, if you are so inclined, you can even sleep over on the Reefworld pontoon after the day trippers have left. It is a serenely beautiful experience.

I’d love to hear if you know of any other natural structures in the shape of hearts around the world.

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Heart Reef

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