I Practically Birthed A Sting Ray.

Sometimes life just hands you some cool shit and you can’t quite believe that it happened. I’ve just spent the last four days in the Whitsundays with the other Remarkables for a work conference. It means that I ate food, drank wine, got ferried around to tropical paradise after tropical paradise and somehow managed to call it work. Here’s a few happy snaps from the trip.

Whitehaven Beach or as I like to call it Land of the Ridiculous Awesomeness. The sand is made of 98% pure silica so you can polish your jewellery with it. I also gave myself one hell of a sea exfoliation session. You have no idea how smooth I am right now.

This is the pilot who flew our helicopter. His name is Maverick. Actually it’s Simon, but let’s not ruin the fantasy. I admit I was a little nervous at the site of his youthful face because I generally prefer to have grown ups fly my helicopters but I’m still alive, so well done Maverick. Well done.

There was a wedding set up at Hayman Island Resort when we went to stay there. The group saw it on our tour and we literally all stopped and gasped. 

Down Under Dad and I on a motherfucking boat.

Woog, Styling You and Hair Romance being fabulous.

Sunset on Hayman Island. 

Me and my gloppy little sea slug friend on Daydream Island. 

Veggie Mama, Lorraine, Fox in Flats and Hair Romance on Whitehaven Beach.

Not Quite Nigella slapping Dad Down Under‘s hand away from the food so she could take a photo. Eating in front of food bloggers is surprisingly difficult.

Veggie Mama and Baby Pepper.

The DVF Suite on Hayman Island designed by Diane Von Furstenberg. I was actually way more excited about the fact that Judge Judy had stayed there.

Just about to go for a ride in the helicopter.

View from the helicopter.

A Beach Cottage and Fox in Flats sharing the chopper with me.

It really wouldn’t be a travel post without me recounting all the dumb shit I did while I was away, so please do enjoy the following idiot report.

Stupidity in The Whitsundays

1. Becoming so overwhelmed by the view in the helicopter I announced loudly that it was ‘Almost like we’re in the sky!. Yes Carly. Its EXACTLY like we’re in the sky. Dickhead.

2. Christina and I walking back to our room after dinner and realising that our key didn’t work. We had to locate an emergency key card hidden in a safe in the lobby. Finally we got back to our room and I marched down the hall, in the dark, to the living room to find… stairs and a dining table that hadn’t been there before. Shit. I hustled Christina quickly back out the door and we laughed until we had no air left in our lungs. We’d gone to the wrong room… twice. The second time we’d actually let ourselves in. We’re almost certain the room was empty though… well about 80% certain.

3. Feeding the stingrays I held a piece of fish out for a baby ray in front of me, not realising a giant ray behind me had spied the tasty morsel. He nudged his way THROUGH MY LEGS, while I was standing in thigh deep water. He determinedly pushed my knees apart and flapped his fins right up to my nether regions, bursting out from underneath my dress. According to my audience of fellow bloggers and the Daydream Island staff who were all in hysterics, it looked like I gave birth to a stingray. 

It was extremely awesome. I’m exhausted yet strangely refreshed and feeling super pumped about getting back into life.

What’s the best holiday you’ve ever had? Anyone else had a stringray birth?

I was in The Whitsundays as a guest of Tourism Queensland, Whitsundays Tourism and Hayman Island. I was under no obligaton to blog about the trip. But it was freaking awesome so I did anyway. 

Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.


  1. Alisa Muir 3 years ago

    There is a range of adverts on NZ tv about getting better work stories (it is for police recruitment I believe).. But while reading this I just kept thinking.. THIS is a better work story…

  2. Nadine Armiger 3 years ago

    All the silica sand prettiness reminds me of the very-very-Far-North of New Zealand (ie my homeland). <3

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      It actually looks very similar! NZ is so beautiful.

  3. That stingray is extremely lucky to have you as a mother! x

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      We share a special bond now.

  4. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella 3 years ago

    What a fun trip that was Carly!! Love the way that you told it too, thanks for the fun giggles on the trip and here 🙂 BTW is it really hard to eat in front of a food blogger? 🙂

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      Yes. It is. 🙂 It’s hard enough in front of Nikki!

  5. yTravelBlog 3 years ago

    I did not know you guys went in the wrong room. that is hilarious!!!

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      It was HILARIOUS!!!! And Christina was all ‘Don’t be stupid Carly, this is totally our room!’.

  6. OMG I miss you so much roomie! Such an awesome trip I completely lost my voice. Can’t believe you left out that time the concierge thought we were propositioning DDU. Too funny x

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      I miss YOU roomie! I was going to include my accidental indescretion but it just wouldn’t translate in written words. 🙂

  7. Lee Josephson 3 years ago

    Looks like you had a great trip! Those condos on the water look amazing.

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      It was amazing! Never seen anything so gorgeous!

  8. Natalie Mulford 3 years ago

    And the award for best blog title goes to you with this post! Hahaha, I can only imagine how that would have gone down, I wish someone had filmed it!!

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