Living in the Whitsundays

Well it’s official! A nice elderly lady told us yesterday that if we have lived in the Whitsundays (Australia) for more than 2 weeks, we are now classified as locals. It’s now been 18 days and we are absolutely loving living in a place my Uncle referred to as Paradise.

As photographers, my partner John from Fun Tours and myself happily chose to live here after noticing while on holidays, that there was a photo opportunity at every corner. It’s easy to see why well known Australian Photographer Ken Duncan says it’s his favourite place on Earth!

Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays. Rated as 2nd best beach in the World.

So far, our mornings start with a 2 hour walk from the famous Airlie Beach lagoon, along the Bicentennial Walkway and back again. The Bicentennial boardwalk covers Abel Point, Shingley Beach (great for collecting shells) and Cannonvale, with breathtaking views the whole way.

Shingley Beach

Whisper Bay - Where the turtle lives

If you’re ever fortunate enough to be in this area, watch out for the local turtle who’s made his home in the cool waters of Whisper Bay just after Shingley Beach.

Tropical Palms

Tourists and residents never tire of the endless views seen through tropical trees and palms

Then every afternoon we take a short stroll past the main beach in Airlie, on our way for a cool dip in the lagoon.

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

Talking about the lagoon, yesterday we saw the surf lifeguards go into action and drag a tourist from the water. John talks about it more over on his Travel Blog.

Airlie Beach Lagoon

Airlie Beach Lagoon

In a few words, I’d sum up living in the Whitsundays as sun, sand, swimming, snorkeling, turtles, relaxing, sailing, drinking and dining in the great outdoors with beautiful tropical surroundings. Yes, I think we could handle this for the next 20 years or more :D


Teresa September 17, 2010 at 10:54 pm

These are such beautiful photos. I would like to lay on that beach and get a beautiful golden suntan. Thank you for sharing these photos, it makes me want to visit the Whitsundays and get away from dreary Melbourne for a little while, or perhaps forever.

Robert September 17, 2010 at 11:04 pm

You really capture the tropical atmosphere in your photography. Could you tell us what camera you used and settings please. Excellent images of a beautiful area.

Tanya Ann September 26, 2010 at 1:36 am

Hi Robert,

For the 2nd and 3rd photographs, I’ve used a Canon PowerShot D10. I’ve photographed all the others with a Canon 5D Mark 11 digital SLR camera. When I photographed with the 5D Mark 11, I had it on Aperture setting with an F/Stop of 11. When photographing with the PowerShot D10, I simply turned the landscape setting on.


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