Hamilton Island and Sydney, Part 3

The Whitsundays. They are legendary for beautiful white sand beaches, stunning blue water, and clear sunny skies.  When my parents decided to come to Australia, I knew we should go there.  Not only is it beautiful, it’s also close to the Great Barrier Reef, which is definitely something everyone should see.

After we left Melbourne, we headed up to Hamilton Island, one of the islands in the Whitsundays.

Unfortunately, the Whitsundays were hit pretty hard by the cyclone in March, and there was still a bit of damage.  Most trees had lost their foliage, but other than that, it was still gorgeous.

We lucked out- the days we were there were sunny and beautiful, the water was calm and gorgeous, and the food was amazing (that doesn’t have anything to do with weather, but it’s true).

Our first full day, we took a boat out to the reef to go diving and snorkeling.  Only my dad and I are certified, so we geared up and went for a dive in the morning.

I don’t think I will ever get tired of diving. It’s such a unique experience, being able to swim deep and breathe underwater.  Although the visibility wasn’t great (only about 5m), it was still awesome to be able to dive the Great Barrier Reef again.

We spent the afternoon back in the water, snorkeling, which gave me a chance to work on free diving. I wouldn’t say I am good at it quite yet, but I have all the basics down, and am definitely able to go deeper than I could last year.

We saw so many cool fish and interesting coral. I was really hoping to see another shark, given we were at ‘bait reef’, but unfortunately, none were hanging around that day.

The next day was more of a relaxed day. We spent the morning midday hiking, before heading back to grab drinks by the pool.  That night, we drove our golf cart up to ‘one tree hill’ a bar that sits at the top of a hill, which Is the best place to watch the sunset.

The sunset did not disappoint.  It was probably one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen, and I’ve seen my fair share.  The colors kept changing as it went on, becoming more and more gorgeous.  There was just the tiniest sliver of moon, and I’ll I wanted to do was paint it.

We managed to drag ourselves out of bed the next morning to go check out Whitehaven beach, the famed picturesque beach of the Whitsundays.

Although the beach had some damage from the storm, it was still pretty amazing.  The sand was so fine and soft, and the water was clear and blue.  It was easy to see why people loved it so much.

The next day, it was back to Sydney (for me).  We were staying in the rocks, which is this cool little area by the harbor and bridge.  It (claims) to have the 3 oldest bars in Sydney, and we managed to go to all of them in one night.

We did the Coogee to Bondi beach hike walk, which is one of the most beautiful walks, with all of the different beaches. We managed to time it so that we got to watch the sunset, and it was worth it.

The next morning, we headed out to Manly, so they could see the area, before doing the Sydney Bridge Climb.  This was something that I have wanted to do forever, and I was so excited to be able to do it.

And wow, was it worth it. We did the sunset climb, and it was absolutely stunning.  Apparently, it was one of the best sunsets that they’ve had in a while, which was really exciting.

The climb wasn’t scary at all- you are attached to a rigging the whole time, and the views are way too pretty to care about the height.  I loved it- being that high up, watching the sunset, and seeing the whole city.  I definitely recommend trying to do this if you are ever in Sydney, it is so worth it.

One of our last days in Sydney, we took a day trip to the blue mountains. I always love being in the mountains, and even though it was freezing, it was still awesome to be there.

We hiked around the area, saw the three sisters rock formations, and drank ‘real’ hot chocolate- warmed milk mixed with actual chocolate pieces.

I will always love Sydney, and I keep finding my way back there, even unintentionally. I am so grateful to my parents for coming to visit and taking me around Australia.  The things we did (the penguins, diving the Great Barrier Reef, the Bridge Climb) are such once in a lifetime experiences, and I’m thankful I got to experience it with them.

As I mentioned last week, I have some cool things planned for the blog, but I am not sure when I will get around to them, so stay tuned!

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