We didn't realise until we got to Mackay that schoolies week was on in Airlie Beach right when we were going, so we drove up there with some trepidation, and then kept driving, and kept driving, and finally, right at the end of the road, we got to our quiet, peaceful, prefect accommodation in Shute Harbour. We arrived at about 830, so it was dark, and when we got up in the morning we were greeted by the most incredible view over the water and the Whitsunday islands.
Rooms are clean and quiet, and perfect for a couple. You do need a car though - it will be much more convenient and means you can explore the area at your own pace. We booked a tour through the hotel on the "Camira" - which was fabulous - I'd highly recommend it. The next day we did a half day kayak in Shute Harbour (right in front of the hotel) which was also great fun. Both tours offered pick ups but since the kayaking was only down the hill we just drove down there ourselves.
The restaurant was under renovation, and so we didn't try the food, but seeing as it was the end of a 5 week holiday we were happy to just buy our own food as it was cheaper. We didn't have a kitchenette but it was easy enought to prepare food without one.
We booked for 3 nights and stayed an extra night because it was so nice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coral Point Lodge offers million dollar views over the Whitsunday Passage from every room. Discover the magic of the Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef and tropical Rainforest from Coral Point Lodge. Surrounded by the pristine Conway National Park and the waterways of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park you can choose from one of the many bushwalks located nearby, you can birdwatch, wander down a forest path to secluded beaches and explore, snorkel, fish or feast on oysters. Coral Point Lodge offers a quiet experience, somewhere where you can totally unwind, avoid the hustle and bustle of the tourist centres and get as close to nature as you desire. ... more less
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