Friday, May 9, 2008

Australia - Whitsundays - Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is an anomoly found nowhere else in the world. It is a beach made entirely of silica sand and is very fine and well sorted. It is great for grinding and polishing and it is used by NASA to make the glass for their telescopes. It is 5 km long and has the consistency of shortbread dough made with rice flour (see Nanny's Shortbread in Aces of the Best of Bridge series). It even squeaks when you walk on it. It is blindingly white and we are happy to have polarized lenses in our sunglasses.

We see some of the big boats that we saw at Airlie Beach and they are full of 29 something's being dumped off for a few hours at the beach. There are more turtles here too and at our mooring in Tongue Bay. We spend a night here and then head around to a calmer mooring at Cid Harbour.


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