100 Magic Miles is the 8th edition of a book referred to as ‘The Bible’ in the Whitsundays. First published in 1985, it has been continuously revised to keep pace with the many changes that have taken place in one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations.
100 Magic Miles provides exhaustive, reliable detail about every nook and cranny of the Whitsundays, including the many splendid anchorages in Australia’s finest cruising grounds. But it is more than a cruising guide. 100 Magic Miles covers the whole Whitsunday area, a particularly beautiful part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, located in the Queensland tropics between latitudes 20 and 21 south.
The Cumberland Islands (today more often referred to as the Whitsundays) have held a strong attraction to seafarers since James Cook charted them in 1770, although the islands were discovered long before then by Aboriginal people – in fact, before they were islands. The Whitsundays consist of over one hundred continental islands and islets with fringing coral reefs, most of which are today unspoiled national parks. Holiday resorts are found on a number of them. The Great Barrier Reef lies a few nautical miles beyond, and many travellers have their first taste of Barrier Reef magic aboard one of the many charter vessels and cruise boats that depart from the mainland and islands daily to explore these vibrant turquoise waters. This book is aboard most of these vessels.
100 Magic Miles makes entertaining reading when not being used as working reference. It provides a general introduction to the Great Barrier Reef and its fascinating marine life, and includes everything one needs to know to get the most out of a holiday in the Whitsundays. Full colour maps, charts, plans and photographs.