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  • Crank it up!
    Crank it up!
    by Jyrki
  • About to eat our wake!
    About to eat our wake!
    by Jyrki
  • That kiss.
    That kiss.
    by Steve-H

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    A wedding party!

    by Steve-H Updated Dec 2, 2010

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    All smiles

    Favorite thing: After the ceremony our photographer, Sue Consodine, had us all messing about on the beach, good on ya Sue!
    From left to right; Amanda (my best man & Steff's bridesmaid) Steff, myself and Ivan Conway the Celebrant who married us.
    You can find this picture on Ivans web site too Whitsunday Weddings

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    • Sailing and Boating
    • Beaches

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    The best place in the world to get married.

    by Steve-H Updated Dec 2, 2010

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    IT`S OFFICIAL

    Favorite thing: The perfect setting for our wedding, Whitehaven Beach.
    Presenting the wedding certificate is the Whitsunday's Celebrant Ivan Conway who got so carried away posing for piccies he forgot to sign the certificate, we only noticed when we got home so it had to be sent back to Australia for the finishing touch, Thanks Ivan.
    Australian certificates are a lot more colourful than their British equivalents.

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    • National/State Park

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    Have a race

    by Jyrki Written Oct 26, 2004

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    About to eat our wake!

    Favorite thing: If you're lucky enough to have good conditions and a skipper who likes to sail you may just get to become an America's Cup sailor for one day and have your own personal regatta with another boat! We were just so lucky to have god conditions and a boat of equal size that wanted a piece of us.

    Fondest memory: We gave "Hammer" (as the vanquished boat was dubbed) a headstart and still managed to blow it out of the water during a race around part of Whitsunday Island. It's pretty fun spinning the cranks and yanking on the sails and having the boom swing over your head. Quite the rush! We even had a rematch against the same boat and kicked it's butt even worse on the way back to port! Yay British Defender!

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    Have a group pull!

    by Jyrki Written Oct 26, 2004

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    Ho!

    Favorite thing: he lead sail is the harder of the two sails to hoist and thus requires 3 people to hoist up the mast. This may sounds like it makes it easy but if you don't cordinate your efforts you end up working against yourselves and having the skipper yell obscenities at you until you do it. Again the harder you make it for yourselves the faster it gets diificult and the faster you get tired!

    Fondest memory: I had a couple goes at this one. The first was not so succesful as our techniue was terrible and we couldn't seem to coordinate our efforts into the '7' pattern. The second go it was myself and two hulking Irishmen, which made my task alot easier plus we were all veterans by this point and hoisted that bad boy up in record time!

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    Have a pull

    by Jyrki Written Oct 26, 2004

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    Heave!

    Favorite thing: Another fun way to interact on the boat is to manually hoist the sail by pulling on a rope that raises either the lead sail or the main sail before the winches take over. Thi is not easy and it is all about technique. The basic idea is to pull the rope in the shape of a seven (Out, Down, In). It gets exponentially harder as you have gravity working against you more and more the higher you hoist the sail!

    Fondest memory: Poor Mikey was stuck doing this a few times on the last day. After the rest of the crew saw how tired he was after the first go at it nobody volunteered and he was stuck doing it again. I'll say one thing it's a damn good workout!

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    Crank it up!

    by Jyrki Written Oct 26, 2004

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    Crank it up!

    Favorite thing: One of the best things about sailing is the interactive experience! On board our vessel there was a 4 man rew but they can't do all the work so volunteers are needed to help hoist the sails. The main sail is raised manually and then it is winched in and crank up the remainder of the way by 4-6 people. Also when the boat is Jibing or Tacking crankers are needed to switch the sails position.

    Fondest memory: It's pretty fun spinning your arms like a madman wih your partner and you get to feel like your in the middle of an America's Cup race! It's not easy though. I was left out of breath a few times!

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    Rainbow Lorikeets

    by CandS Updated Apr 3, 2004

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    Rainbow Lorikeets

    Favorite thing: If you love pretty birds (of the feathered kind that is) then you will love the Rainbow Lorikeets that seem to be all over South Molle Island and at Airlie Beach (and I'm sure they are all over the other areas in the Whitsundays too)...

    Most of the lorikeets are so friendly that they will land on your hands, head or shoulders - as long as you have some bread or apple for them to eat.

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    Whitehaven Characteristics

    by Jmill42 Updated Mar 19, 2004

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    Hill Inlet Information Sign

    Favorite thing: The area of Whitehaven Beach that is world-renowned for its beauty is called the Hill Inlet. Without a doubt, this place deserves the fame. The hike to the Hill Inlet Overlook is worth every sweaty step. Because the views at the end are one of a kind.

    The sand mosaic that is produced by the mix of sand and water here, changes with every single tide. As the water comes in, the sand moves around, and as the area drains, the sand is laid back down in a different pattern each and every time.

    What will yours look like?

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    Great Barrier Reef Information

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 18, 2004

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    Reef Rainbow

    Favorite thing: One of Australia's greatest atractions is the Great Barrier Reef that hugs the coastline of Queensland almost in its entirity. It is by far the biggest coral reef system in the world, is considered one of the world's natural wonders, and is the biggest structure made by living organisms on earth. The reef is one continuous piece further north and is located very near the shore. In the south, the reef is mainly in little pieces and lies much further off shore.

    The entire system contains more than 3000 inidividual reefs which range in size from about 1acre to over 10,000 acres in area. All told the total area of the reef is an amazing 300,000 square kilometres.

    Random facts from the net:

    1500 species of fish
    400 different types of coral
    4,00 molluscs
    500 species of seaweed
    215 species of birds
    16 species of sea snake
    6 species of sea turtle

    are contained in the reef's system.

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    Sailing the Whitesundays!

    by Jmill42 Updated Mar 18, 2004

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    Pride of Airlie Crew

    Favorite thing: It would be my recommendation to purchase a package sailing adventure for the Whitesundays. You can purchase them anywhere, but the company I went with was Koala's. Koala's owns resorts in Noosa, Hervey Bay, Daintree, and Airlie Beach. The two main attractions are at Hervey Bay serving Fraser Island, Airlie Beach serving the Whitsundays. Included in your package are rooms at their resort the night before your sailing departure. The boat, meals, but not drinks, accommodation on South Molle Island, stinger suits, and snorkelling gear.

    You can also purchase a single scuba dive and lesson, which I did, for 70 AUD.

    The vessel I purchased was the "Pride of Airlie".

    See my transportation tip for Koala information.

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    Temperatures

    by CandS Updated Feb 15, 2004

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    Turtle Bay

    Favorite thing: The temperatures in summer (December to February) are around 30*C down to about 24*C at night. In the winter months (June to August) the temperatures are around 23*C during the day and down to about 17*C at night.

    If you are thinking of visiting the Whitsundays I would recommend visiting somewhere between May and October when the weather is nicer and the stingers aren't a danger. The summer months can get too hot and uncomfortable.

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    Fish Feeding

    by CandS Updated Oct 8, 2003

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    A big Bat Fish at Manta Ray Bay

    Favorite thing: Almost everywhere we went in the Whitsundays we saw colourful fish swimming around our boat... Some were really big fish too!!

    Whenever we threw some bread into the water heaps of fish would swarm the area...it was amazing! In some areas the fish were huge and in other areas they were smaller fish... Just don't take some bread out with you if you're going snorkelling...they might just swarm you and bite your finger...it happened to one of us! ;)

    Most of the islands also offer somewhere to feed or watch the fish at feeding times.

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    • Sailing and Boating
    • Beaches

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    Hikes

    by CandS Updated Oct 8, 2003

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    Spion Kop

    Favorite thing: There are plenty of hikes/walks oon the different islands in the Whitsundays... We did a few and saw some amazing views on every walk...

    The South Molle Island walk to the lookout at Spion Kop was my favourite since we had a great view of different islands nearby. If you want to find the hikes at South Molle Island, the easiest way is to visit the reception desk and pick up a leaflet with all of the walks and a map...

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Photography

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    Relax...

    by CandS Updated Oct 8, 2003

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    At Cid Harbour

    Favorite thing: Relax and enjoy the scenery while at the Whitsundays... You can spend your days without a care in the world...the biggest thing to worry about is what to eat next or where to spend your time... ;) What a great way to spend your holiday!!! :)

    The front of our boat was a great place for relaxing and spending time...the trampolines were great for laying in the sun to relax too... :)

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    • Beaches
    • Adventure Travel

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    Hill Inlet

    by CandS Updated Oct 8, 2003

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    Hill Inlet and Whitehaven in the background

    Favorite thing: Hill Inlet is at Whitsunday Island between Tongue Bay and Whitehaven Beach... It is an amazing place and really beautiful. You will get the best view either by taking a plane/helicopter ride or the short (about 10 minutes) hike up the hill at Tongue Bay.

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    • Beaches
    • Sailing and Boating

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