PLACE: Tongue Point, Whitehaven Beach
NOTORIOUS: White Sand Beach
NEAREST AIRPORT: BNE, Brisbane Airport
COORDINATES: 20° 15′ 0″ S, 148° 58′ 0″ E
CURRENCY: Australian Dollar
This seven kilometre stretch of white sand was voted “the cleanest beach” in Queensland on Whitsunday Island – located on the North Eastern coast of Australia. Something about the turquoise and white swirling gradients caught my eye. I guess the best time to see this is at low tide – you can get here via the ports at Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour, and Hamilton Island.
My favourite part about this beach is that the sand doesn’t retain heat so it is comfortable to walk during the hottest times of day. Don’t forget your sunscreen though – the hole in the ozone layer is just getting bigger above this area of the world :(.
Waded in these turquoise waters? What was your day like? Any trip or accommodation recommendations?
PLACE: Champagne Pool, Waiotapu Thermal Reserve
LOCATION: New Zealand
NOTORIOUS: Neon Geothermal Pools
NEAREST AIRPORT: AKL, Aukland Airport (3 hour drive)
COORDINATES: 38.359086°S 176.368901°E
CURRENCY: New Zealand Dollar
This place looks like the birthplace of neon. The name of the Champagne Pool comes from the efflux of carbon dioxide in the water, like a fine glass of neon champagne. This pool was formed 900 years ago by a hydrothermal eruption (relatively young in the geothermal world). The deeper water is 260 °C (500 °F) and around 75°C near the surface, so obviously we can’t swim in it. The lake also contains metalloids of orpiment and stibnite, giving the edges the neon orange colour.
Apparently the smell is extremely aversive throughout the entire park, but the colours are so unique it’s worth it. The Artist’s Palette (far bottom photo) and Devil’s Cave/Bath (neon green pool) are the other areas I would make sure to see. Seriously though, what an incredible place to be able to see all these colours naturally occurring in one place – makes me feel a bit better about all the neon we are seeing around us in fashion today!
Have you seen this incredible place? Are there any areas around here you can actually swim in? Give us the scoop: