When anyone mentions Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is always the first thing that comes to my mind. Therefore, when Dustin and I arrived to the country, we immediately started looking into how we were going to experience it for ourselves.
After our long drive up the coast and personally experiencing flooding and bad weather from Cyclone Oswald, we decided that Airlie Beach would be a good spot to not only get out to the Great Barrier Reef, but also see the famed Whitsunday Islands so many people had told us about.
We did our research and booked a 3 night sailing trip that would take us not only out to the outer reef, but also to the Whitsundays. It was definitely a budget splurge for us, but how can one visit Australia and not see the Great Barrier Reef? In the end, we had an incredible few days and the experience definitely ranks up there as a highlight of our RTW trip.