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Re: Brisbane to Darwin - impressions
The Whitsundays i think get over-hyped. I do still enjoy them, but in reality when cruising Queensland there are prettier islands elsewhere, better snorkelling/diving elsewhere and nicer beaches elsewhere.
True enough, but let's just say that both the Whitsundays and realistically the entire coast of NQ simply ain't what it used to be. From personal experience the original hype was well-founded indeed - some 15-20 plus years ago.
North Queensland and the Reef in general has really, really suffered at the hands of run-amuck tourists and get-rich-quick-and-get-out tour operators over the last few decades - but if you're living there you don't tend to notice the change so much.
Nowadays the better diving and nicer beaches are well off the tourist track - like the back of Shaw Island and the Percy's...
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"
Last edited by Classic30; 07-09-2012 at 12:12 AM.