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Whitehaven Beach, Australia

As you already know, I am a keen picnicker.

If an afternoon involves a hamper, a blanket and a drop of sunshine, you can count me in!

But One&Only Hayman Island take picnics to another level.

I’m sure you’ve heard of Heli-Skiing, where a chopper flies you up a snowy mountain, drops you off and you bomb through the virgin powder. It’s risky and strictly for experts only.

Well, how about Heli-Picnicking? Strictly for pro-picnickers.

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Grab your hamper, grab your hat… we’re going on an adventure!

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First you fly way out to sea.

The pilot tells you to keep your eyes peeled for whales. ‘Tis the season, after all.

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You look down on tiny toy boats below.

 

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And watch as waves crash against the reef.

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Not just any reef; The Great Barrier Reef.

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1,400 miles of spectacular, awe inspiring, living reef.

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You fly over “The River” a belly churningly deep crevasse.

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And further over the shallows of Hardy Reef.

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You do a little loop around “Heart Reef”.

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And watch as rays glide around it.

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Before you nip back, over the river, towards the beach.

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To get there you fly over Hill Inlet.

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If you’re as obsessed by shades of blue as I am, this is our Utopia.

The shifting sands and changing tides mean the view never looks the same twice.

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Then, finally, you come to Whitehaven Beach.

The beach of all beaches!

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4.5 uninterrupted miles of the whitest, softest, cleanest sand you’ll ever see.

No hotels, no people.

Just you and the rays, dancing in the waves.

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The fine sand sprays into the air as you come into land.

Like being in a tropical, glittering snow globe.

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You land, and race out to explore, while the pilot grabs a bag and heads in the opposite direction and into the hills.

Leaving you all alone in paradise.

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You need to get those sandals off immediately!

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The sand squeaks as you walk on it, as it’s 98% silica.

It’s almost a cross between snow and baby powder. It doesn’t retain heat so is perfectly cool to the touch.

The perfect spot for the picnic of a lifetime!

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Straw hat // Blue + white coverup // Gladiator sandals

Sunglasses

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Pop a bottle of bubbles, and get stuck in!

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Just keep a keen eye on your sarnies!

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Give into temptation and move the party to the sea.

It never drops below 25degs, so it’s a bit like sipping Bucks Fizz in a warm bath… with gentle waves and one hell of a view!

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Floral bikini

Gold bangle // Silver bangle // Interlocked bangles

Star necklace

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All too soon it’s time to leave.

But I promise, you wont be able to wipe that silly grin from your face!

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You climb up over the bay.

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And you nip back to the hotel devastatingly quickly.

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With just one final glance at The Inlet.

A picnic you’ll remember for a lifetime.

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