Andrew Bain battles choppy seas and climbs peaks on a cultural trail through the Whitsunday Passage.
South Long Island
Southern section of Long Island where Whitsunday Wilderness Lodge is located.
Geologically the Whitsunday Islands are all drowned mountains. Prior to the last Ice Age they were connected to the mainland and would have all been prominent mountains in the area. The melting of the polar caps drowned the valleys between the mountains creating a network of 74 islands of which only 7 have resort facilities. Beyond the resorts the whole area is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the uninhabited islands are all controlled by National Parks and Wildlife.
Historic sugar cane township.
There are a number of towns along the Queensland coast which came into existence specifically to serve the sugar industry in the region. They are, by any conventional definition, functional towns characterised by dozens of small railway tracks all leading towards the sugar crushing mills. It is an accident of their existence that in modern times they have missed out on the tourism boom which has converted so much of the Queensland coast into a tropical paradise. Such is the case with Proserpine.
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