We left Eungella National Park for the relatively short drive to Airlie Beach, our base for the Whitsundays. We had some time to explore and had planned to do some wild swimming at the nearby Finch Hatton Gorge. The weather however was cool and cloudy and not exactly inviting us into the water. We figured the coast gave us a better chance of sunshine so we took a drive out to Cape Hillsborough.
As you can see it was an inspired idea.
The sun came out and despite the wind it was hot and humid. The beach was simply superb and we had the whole place to ourselves. We’d read that you can often find Kangeroos lazing on the beach but we were out of luck.
We took a stroll, well a steep climb actually, through the woods to the view points overlooking the beach and headlands. The views were magnificent although the billowing clouds seemed to be announcing a change in the weather and so it proved.
The woods were alive with huge blue butterflies and I managed to catch a couple of really good close ups.
We took another wander across the wide and empty expanse of sand. Like pretty much every beach we visited we shared the thought that if this was in Europe it would be absolutely mobbed with people. It was one of the over-riding impressions we took home just how uncrowded this part of the world is
We enjoyed another great picnic lunch in the really rather lovely parkland that sits behind the beach. The Australians do picnic areas really well, loads of shady tables, free BBQ to use, water and acres of spotlessly clean landscaped space.
It was a very fine half day stop off, finished off with a Mangrove Boardwalk amble that was equally fine