Foto Recap: The Whitsundays [19.11.13]

I’m back (to the blog AND Brisbane)! We arrived home last evening after spending four days on Hamilton Island, a small slice of paradise about 1000km north of the city. We’d been looking forward to a little get-away for some time now, and with Adam’s mother visiting us, we thought it would be a nice spot to venture together for a few days. Of course, things around here can never happen without some kind of excitement. I went to bed on Wednesday night feeling out of sorts, which quickly progressed to being violently ill all night long. I’m still not sure if it was food poisoning or a weird 24-hour flu, but either way, it wasn’t pretty. As I lay immobile on the bathroom floor on Thursday morning mumbling a list of items for Adam to throw into my suitcase, I wondered how on earth I was going to ever make it through an airport and on a plane (with a baby). But alas, thanks to some extra Grandma hands and Adam being some kind of professional packer in a past life, we made it to our destination in one piece. Although I slept through the first day/night and couldn’t stomach much food over the course of our entire stay, it was still wonderful to see the Whitsunday Islands. It is such a beautiful part of the world, and I’m so happy that we chose Hamilton Island as our mini-vacay destination. Here is a glimpse!

Can’t beat the view from our balcony overlooking Catseye Beach. They were just setting up for the Hamilton Island Triathalon here.


No cars on the Island. Only golf carts and shuttle busses!


Adam and I enjoyed a Bub-less day sailing out to Whitehaven Beach. We also stopped along the way for a little snorkelling on a nearby reef (sadly, we don’t have any photos of us looking cute in our stinger suits).






The island is full of cockatoos, which perch on every balcony just waiting for their chance to invite themselves into your home. On our last morning there before checking out, I ran down to have a coffee by the pool with everyone and completely neglected to notice the patio doors were slightly open. Let’s just say we came back to an apartment full of unwanted visitors. Luckily we weren’t gone for long enough for them to do significant damage or steal anything (like Adam’s wallet, which had been kicked across the floor). Crazy birds.


Beachin’ it with Grandma!


Bubs does Whitehaven Beach.


Fam Jam in the Whitsundays! <3



I wish I had some more photos to share, but I wasn’t overly keen with my camera this vacation, besides a few other iPhone ones. Ah well. Overall, it was a fantastic mini vacation. It was amazing to visit such a beautiful part of the world; I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to live here in Australia for part of my life. I hope all you Aussies know how lucky you are! This place just keeps getting better and better. Next stop: New South Wales road trip in January!

17 Thoughts on “Foto Recap: The Whitsundays [19.11.13]

  1. Your pictures look so amazing, I’m totally jealous right now. I need to go on a vacation ASAP!

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on November 19, 2013 at 10:25 pm said:

      Vacations really are the best, aren’t they?! After 28 Canadian winters, this Aussie weather is definitely appreciated :)

  2. Wow! Absolutely breathtaking. Looks like you had a fabulous time :)

  3. Okay, I’m ready to move to Australia. What a beautiful spot! Your pictures certainly did it justice.

    Sorry to hear you weren’t feeling well! The awful timing of our bodies, sigh…

  4. Looks amazing, I have always wanted to go to the Whitsundays, so jealous!!

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on November 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm said:

      If we are here long enough, we want to go back and do the whole “live aboard sail” for a few days! It’s so beautiful up there!

  5. Ahh the memories of 2000 when I went there as a kid…and got chased by the stupid cockatoos. How crazy is the sand there? I wanted to bottle some and bring it to our yuck Melbourne beaches.

    Hope you enjoyed yourself and your on the mend!

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on November 21, 2013 at 5:40 pm said:

      Ohmigosh, the sand was incredible. 98% silica!

      Yeah, I haven’t heard anything about Melbourne beaches…but restaurants and coffee, that’s another story!

  6. These pictures are amazing!! Especially when considering it’s freezing here!!

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on November 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm said:

      Yeah, every time I feel homesick I just remember how UN-fun it is to scrape windshields and drive in snowstorms. Trying to appreciate this weather while I have it!

  7. Oh my goodness, what a horrible way to start off you vacation. So glad you made it though because it looks absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful photos! And…now I want to go to the beach! 😉

  8. Oh this looks like the perfect getaway! Lucky lady!

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on November 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm said:

      The Whitsundays are gorgeous! It wasn’t quite the SIL Bali trip, but it was a great little escape for a few days :)

  9. Ahhhh such beautiful photos! I LOVE your straw hat, what a wonderful family picture too! So sorry you weren’t feeling well at the start. I hope the sunshine helped. Get me back to Australia’s ‘winter/summer’!

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