Bareboating through the waters of the idyllic Queensland islands is an opportunity to switch off and appreciate sea, sand and stillness

Waking up on a Saturday morning with no phone reception would usually be cause for alarm or a strident march to the Apple store. Today, however, as I rise with the sun on a catamaran anchored in the Coral Sea in the remote Whitsunday islands, off the Queensland coast, our skipper, Cuzzy, has engineered other distractions.

The unflappable Kiwi with a castaway’s beard ushers our small group aboard a motorised dinghy and whizzes us ashore to the uninhabited Whitsunday Island. Landing on an empty beach, we hike 500 metres up through forest filled with stately hoop pines to Tongue Point, where we’re greeted with the “hero” vista of the Whitsundays – the swirling sands of Hill Inlet. The lookout receives an average of 350 visitors a day, but Cuzzy wants us to experience it without crowds – just the ospreys and Lewin’s honeyeaters for company – and to witness the spectacular natural phenomenon of white sand swirling through turquoise water as the tide goes out. It’s well worth the early start.

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Source: The Guardian

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