There's one thing we learnt during our stay at Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays: after tropical cyclone Debbie in March the region needs you!
Three months on they have done an amazing job at cleaning up after the deluge but there is still a long way to go. The area was completely smashed. Whilst it's confronting to see the damage there is still so many beautiful things to see. Mother Nature is busting her gut to get things back on track too and she's definitely winning. Leaves are returning to trees looking much like a bushfire has been through. The fish are returning to the reef and the coral is (slowly as it does) starting to regrow.
Many businesses are back in action and things are clicking along however most of the island resorts still remain closed. That said there are so many hidden gems on the coast and around the islands.
One of the gems we found was Cape Gloucester. We had been told that Hideaway Bay and Dingo Beach were worth a look but it was a tip off from a Hideaway Bay local to check out Montes Resort at Cape Gloucester, just a few kilometres up the gravel road from Hideaway that lead us to our favourite spot in the Whitsundays. A true tropical paradise and open to the public. Ava's class was lucky enough to share the experience with us as we did our weekly Skype sesssion beachside.
We can't stress enough how much the area needs your business. The Great Barrier Reef is a desirable travel destination for people all around the world but it's ours and we need to put our money back into it too. Backing your mate is the Aussie thing to do so get up there if you can and give em a hand. We promise you won't regret it!