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Monday, September 26, 2005

South Molle Island

I will be studying abroad in Australia this winter, and we are lucky enough to able to travel to the Great Barrier Reef for a week! I have been starting to research a bit about the reef and the many islands that make it up, and have stumbled upon a favorite: South Molle Island.

This island is part of the Whitsunday Islands, in between the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland, Australia. Known as Australia’s affordable paradise, there is a lot to do on South Molle Island and it is host to many tourists from around the world.

The special thing about the Whitsundays is that each island has only one resort. So in effect, the entire island is the resort. The South Molle Island Resort boasts free-standing bungalows right on the beach, as well as units on the beachfront, family rooms, reef rooms set on tropical gardens, and golf rooms overlooking the island’s 9-hole golf course and national park. South Molle’s national park has 16 acres of walking trails, and tourists can also climb to Mt. Jeffreys (the highest point in South Molle).

Besides the standard beach activities most resorts offer, on South Molle visitors can also experience the Flames of Polynesia floor show, go horseback riding on the South Molle Island Track, and compete in toad racing contests. During low tide, guests can even walk from Paddle Bay to Mid Molle, a tiny island linked to South Molle (but be careful to get back to the mainland before high tide, or you will be stranded on the island!)

South Molle Island boasts an enormous amount of activities and beautiful scenery, as well as the quaint serenity that the Whitsundays offer. This island seems like a fantastic excursion for anyone who will be spending time at the Great Barrier Reef. For more information, consult South Molle Island's official site.


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4:54 PM, September 26, 2005

Blogger popovich said...

I'm going to be in Australia over winter too! Which program are you going with?? South Molle Island definitely sounds like an amazing place to visit...bungalows on the beach and reef rooms on tropical gardens...I want to be there now! I know that we take a trip to the Great Barrier Reef to go snorkeling, but I'm not sure how much time we're spending in the area. But hey...if I don't make it to South Molle this time, then it just gives me an excuse to go back...right?

How do you find the places your including on your blog?? I do love doing touristy things, but the vacations you're describing are perfect for relaxation! I love the beach but I hate when you put your blanket down and then people end up sitting on top of definitely sounds like there's plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the sand and water on South Molle Island.

3:57 PM, September 28, 2005

Blogger Sandy Chen said...

I didn't know you were going to Australia over winter session! I am so excited for you. I have never gone there, but it is one of the places that I hope to visit sometime in the future. Are you going to visit these islands during your free travel? or is it part of the whole trip? The island also looks and sounds amazing. I would love to experience the toad racing contest! That is definitely something you will never see here in the United States. Also, what do you do if you don't make it back by high tide? Are you literally stuck on the other island? I think that would be so cool but of course scary because it is a tiny island.

I was just thinking that although all these islands sounds amazing, some people say that all these islands and tropical locations are all the same and all offer the same activities. What would say to defend these tropical vacation spots?

5:10 PM, September 29, 2005

Blogger Stefanie said...

I'm so jealous that you get to visit South Molle Island! This place looks and seems like paradise. I like how each island only has one resort because this prevents the island from becoming really commercialized. When there are a lot of hotels and resorts the island just becomes very crowded and a huge tourist trap. I have never heard of people being able to compete in toad racing contests and that sounds really interesting to me. Also, since you are staying in the Great Barrier Reef for a week, are you traveling to different places, or is it a time when it is up to you to choose where you want to go and for how long? I'm sure you will have an amazing time wherever you decide to spend your week!

4:24 PM, October 14, 2005

Blogger Jenna B. said...

I am going abroad to Australia this winter as well. I did not know you were going. I am so excited and cannot wait to go. I am just not looking forward to the plan rides back and forth. I really do not want to be stuck on a plane for so long. But the way I see it is that being there is worth the boring flight because it is a once in a lifetime experience for me and probably a lot of the other students going as well. My roommate went to Australia two winters ago and told me that the Great Barrier Reef is breathtaking. I just always think it is great to get to experience different cultures and places and cannot wait for winter to come.

7:45 PM, November 11, 2005

Blogger nguyen said...

I'm so jealous that you are going to Australia for winter sesson. I heard from my dad that it is beautiful place to visit. I guess when you go to Australia, it should be summer time. It will be great to leave the cold winter here. I wish I could visit there some day. Take some pics and post on your blog when you get back... I can't wait to see them. Have good trip

10:53 AM, November 12, 2005

Blogger wildwestlax said...

This island looks like another great place to see for myself. I have about a dozen friends and family members who have taken a year off school when they graduate from high school and go backpack the South Pacific. This look into this island only makes me jealous that I didn't have the opportunity to do so as well. Place looks like it would be perfect for relaxing, but I also like the idea of having a golf course there too. Sometimes doing something active is just as relaxing as doing nothing while on vacation. I was also wonderig how you get to this remote spot. Do you fly into Australia and then connect onto a smaller plane, or do you have to take a boat from a coast city?

6:44 PM, November 16, 2005

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