Tawni Bryant is my sister. One week after she turned 18 she packed up and moved to Melbourne to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. She has had some major life experiences and I am excited to be able to share some of her stories with you.
I’m currently living in Melbourne and have done so for the past 6 years. I always find the winter here to be a bit too much and I need to get away for a few days to warm up.
Growing up in Perth our go to warm up place would always be Bali, but living in Melbourne I am lucky enough to have many more fabulous opportunities to explore on the east coast.
It took 5 nights and 6 hot days for me to feel like a new woman. I was 3 and a bit hours from Melbourne and on the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.
Airlie Beach is well known as a “backpacker” town with cheap accommodation and loads of activities. I have family who live in Airlie Beach so we were privileged enough to stay with them.
Our first day in Airlie Beach consisted of sun soaking, exactly what I needed! After a little defrosting we went off for a walk to pick coconuts. I’m obsessed with coconuts at the moment. Coconut everything! Oil, water, smells, and ointments, anyway… as you can imagine I was extremely excited to see one that had fallen and was ready to be devoured.
The amount of coconuts on the ground was astonishing. They were everywhere! If you have ever had to tackle a coconut before I’m sure you can appreciate what an absolute pain in the butt they are to open. Lucky for me, my Auntie’s dog Rosie had an obsession with peeling off the skin and she would open my coconut in about 5 minutes flat. No joke! I had never seen anything like it!
We spent our afternoon’s doing what you do on holidays. Relaxing, lounging around the pool, swimming and sun-baking. We loved to head into town for afternoon beers at Denman Cellers. They have a huge selection of international beers to choose from as well as a bottle shop for take-away. Gorgeous food, great vibe and the view is to die for.
One of the activities we did on The Whitsunday Islands was Ocean Rafting. The small boat of about 20 people take you for two 45 minute snorkels. The thousands of colourful fish right in front of your eyes is breathtaking. The boat takes you past some of the most stunning islands in The Whitsunday’s. Hayman Island was amongst them and finally to Whitehaven beach which blew my mind.
The sand on Whitehaven beach is like chalk. It is the whitest softest sand I had ever seen and I am told it is the second most photographed place in the world.
Finally the boat docks and they take you for a small walk to ‘the lookout’ for more breathtaking views before heading back to the boat for lunch.
I was dying to see Hamilton Island. I had heard such great things and I can’t help but love an island where the mode of transportation is buggies! We hired a buggy for a day and pretty much tackled the whole island, we even had time for a competitive go karting race.
We went for cocktails and lunch after the ‘race’, lounged by the pool and relaxed before ferrying it back to Airlie Beach. If I was holidaying for longer I would have definitely stayed for a few nights. There was so much more to do, snorkeling, crocodile safaris, fishing charters, island trips and much more. Visiting the stunningly beautiful Great Barrier Reef is only a boat ride away.
Family time was a must for my last couple of days in Airlie. We ate, drank wine, played pool and relaxed some more. A perfect holiday getaway in such a short amount of time. Although I felt like a new woman on my return back to Melbourne I did say the f-word more than once (maybe) when I got off the plane.
It was early hours of the morning, 5 degrees and I had work in just 5 hours. Reality sunk it pretty quickly.