Skipper stalking at the marina

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Sea Breeze Campsite

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Sunday, September 12, 2010

We woke up a little cold which was just lovely. As I got out of the van I was nearly hit in the face by a low flying bright green parrot, there are just so many of them now, and so many fantastic colours. I made the Lady a brew and whipped together some scrambled eggs with spring onions and value beans. It was actually rather good and we plotted how we could get on a Whitsundays trip. There were some good value combos with Fraser Island but I'm still not convinced about either. I know Erica keeps on telling me off for comparing but a two day two night trip is costing the same amount as hiring the van for 30 days, or to look at it another way 240 bottles of our super cheap Bowlers Run wine (which amusingly we are seeing everywhere, Col and Sonja are also on it we found out as well).

We drove up to Shute Harbour where we thought most boats left from, Erica was on car park watch as we couldn’t afford to pay the car park fee while I ran up and down the harbour looking to either negotiate directly with the skippers before they left or bribe the crew a cash bung to let us on board. The plan didn’t really go very well though as there were no boats there other than ferries to resorts on other Whitsunday Islands where it is just a hotel kind of thing. At debrief we realised that the cheaper boats we were targeting all actually left from another harbour altogether. Shambles!! Never mind we can try again when they come back in tonight.

We then went to the beach and had a lovely hour or so walk around the marina and town before heading back to camp to have a genius lunch of Woolies own brand macaroni cheese which was about 70c for two people. I think if you were eating this in a kitchen it would be rank but when it’s cooked on a little gas stove outdoors anything seems to taste good. We also popped into the local Woollies and Big W to pick up some cheap basics. I think the Lady and I have developed twitching tendencies and I nearly spent $5 on parrot food but thankfully the lady beat some sense into me.

We had a lovely afternoon in the sun reading but the time came again to get down to the harbour and try to intercept the incoming boats. Well I was pretty much in my element really running between the jetties and mooring spots taking the skippers to one side for a quiet word negotiation then running to the next boat. We have ended up with two offers to go tomorrow for half the published prices through the agencies so with a saving of about $50 per person I think we justified our slightly odd methods.

We headed back to camp and had last nights leftovers of the chicken thigh satay and pasta with a glass of red and finished off my Tasmania blue cheese. While I was cooking the Lady was plotting our next few days and where we were going to go, bring on the platypus spotting! We were asleep by about 19:30. Something odd happened tonight though, we went into the van because we were cold, E had to put a jumper on and I don’t have one anymore. That hasn’t happened for about 5 and a half months!!!.
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Col & Sonja on

WOW guys you have done some km's already!!! Sorry I didn't get back to you about a "free spot" for your van in Airlie, life's back to being crazy damn that work shit. Glad to hear life is getting cooler in the van & you have mastered the cheap pasta meals. Don't forget Eungella, well worth a look......looking forward to the reading about the rest of your travels

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