Whitsundays’ blue is like no other colour on earth [gallery]

May 29, 2014 No Comments by

When I was little I wanted to be an artist. I wanted to have a palette of colour and a blank canvas so I could slap down emotions in rich patinas that would last forever. I wanted to shout happiness using orange and yellow, and I wanted to shush the world with angry daubs of grey.

Blue was never a colour I really liked… until my first trip to the Whitsundays when it wrapped my soul in a soaring colour wheel of cyans, Pacific teals and bruised evening hues. It’s not bad having the blues when they look like this.

How many blues are in your life?

, Airlie Beach, sailing, whitsundays


Armed with the fundamental phrase “where is the toilet?” Shelley Winkel began her travelling life as a high school exchange student to Tokushima, Japan, a country town hailed for its dance of the dead and piquant limes. Since then she has lived and worked in four continents, slowly moving up the travel chain from backpacker to flashbacker and beyond. Today, Shelley still loves to jump on the plane and explore; but it’s increasingly with an eye on finding five stars and two hats.