In conjunction with ocean conservation group, Parley Australia, Ocean Rafting headed to Haslewood Island and Shaw Island last week, collecting over 800kg of washed-up marine debris. The group of volunteers from Parley, Ocean Rafting and other volunteers, collected 600kg off only 1km of coastline on Shaw Island and 200kg off four beaches of Haslewood Island. The collaboration team focused on islands that are harder to access for locals and smaller boat operations and that are especially exposed to the south-easterly winds. The group also stopped by at Whitehaven Beach to confirm that it was the cleanest of them all. This can be attributed to the decade-long efforts by Eco Barge CleanSeas, who are regularly collecting marine debris from the beaches of the Whitsundays. The most surprising find was a traditional Indonesian spearfishing fin, hand-made from an old plastic drum, clearly indicating its long journey across the Indo-Pacific Ocean. The group also found countless foreign bleach bottles, which are specifically used in the waters of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia to stun and live-catch fish, harming corals and other organisms with the aggressive chemical sodium hypochlorite. Read the full story here: https://oceanrafting.com.au/about-us/latest-news/ #lovewhitsundays #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #oceanrafting #parleyaustralia #parleyfortheoceans #ecotourismaustralia #gbrmpa #qldparks Photo credit - Parley Australia.
Cruising through paradise! 😍 #lovewhitsundays #oceanrafting #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #australia #whitehavenbeach #whitsundays #hillinlet
The amazing Whitehaven Beach as seen from the far southern end. This spectacular sight stretches on for 7km along the eastern side of Whitsunday Island #lovewhitsundays #oceanrafting #whitsundays #whitehavenbeach #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #australia
Dive into your weekend with a local tour guide! #lovewhitsundays #oceanrafting
Over the weekend we attended the Whitsunday Tourism Awards ceremony on Daydream Island...and guess what!? We are super proud to have scored two gongs, taking home the GOLD award in the Adventure Tourism category, as well as the coveted People's Choice Award!!! We are incredibly excited to have won both of these awards, with the Adventure Tourism award being a true reflection of our product in offering the adventure of a lifetime around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, surfing the waves and feeling the rush! The People’s Choice Award was won based on voting from our guests and industry colleagues so THANK YOU!!!! 🙏🙏🙏 A huge thank you also to our amazing team, agents and partners and congratulations to all the other winners on the night! Go Whitsundays!! #lovewhitsundays #thewhitsundaystourismawards #wta19 #oceanrafting
Good luck to all of the local tourism industry for tonight’s Whitsunday Tourism Awards on @daydreamislandresort 🥳 🥂 Looking forward to celebrating this amazing industry!!! 🎇🍸#lovewhitsundays #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #whitsundays @whitsundaysqld #tourismawards