The Wonderful Whitsundays

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

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Sea Breeze campsite

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Monday, September 13, 2010

We got a decent lie in until about 7am but woke up a bit excited we were about to start flashing the cash about again. We had a quick check of the e-mail and t'interweb and headed of for our trip. I prepared our lunch (we got an additional $28 dollars off the price for bringing our own) which appalled the lady no end. Using up the leftovers there was a bit of cheese, a lot of onion, a lot of spring onion and a bit of tomato. In summary they were pretty much raw onion on wholemeal bread. We got on board the boat with a very over enthusiastic crew who insisted when they hit the power he all shouted "wooooooo", and if we didn't "come on wooooooo eh!". On the crossing out to the Whitsundays we failed to see any of the whales who had just started to migrate but did see some spinner dolphins which were amazing and really small. We started by going snorkeling at the best point for snorkeling in the Whitsundays whilst the fish were pretty good the visibility was fairly poor in comparison to many of the spots we have been to in SE Asia. Perhaps it was tide or current.

We then headed off for the Inlet viewing point and after a short walk of about 10 minutes reached the top of the hill and were greeted by absolutely fantastic views of whitehaven beach and the swirling sands. Really really beautiful. We then climbed down on to the sands themselves and saw birds of prey, sting rays feeding in the shallows and the most incredible sand. The guide took us into the water to look at the sting rays, which were camoflaged in the sand and practically invisible, then we told us about how Steve Irwin died and I think we all got a bit worried and left slowly being very careful where we walked. With 98% silica it is one of the purest in the world and oddly the sand is not hot at all (in fact with such a high silica content it seems pretty obvious it will not get hot but it just feels strange). Oh and the sand squeaks when you walk on it.

After feeding one of the birds of prey by chucking a small piece of chicken in the air we headed over to just have a relax on Whitehaven beach. Voted only last week the best beach in the world by CNN. It was great no doubt about it but perhaps not our favourite beach. After a few hours I was blasting through the The Girl who kicked the hornets nest I sat up looking down wind and noticed everyones eyes weeping, mainly because of the strength of my onion breath. I was however very hooked on this book.

We finally headed back across the sea to Airlie Beach after a fantastic day. We saw Hamilton Island as well as one of the private Island resorts owned by an ex barefoot skier who retired due to a very bad injury and started a vitamin company. After selling out for 10's (maybe even a hundred) of Millions we bought the island and created a lovely resort. It would have been a lovely place to hire a yacht and we did see a Sunsail boat (which took us back to our first 1 week yacht hire). It had been a fabulous day and a great place to go. The day ended with some crazy boat manouvres spinning the boats around and kind of wakeboarding behind another speedboat, all good fun, "Woooooo". No regrets on spending that money at all, it would have been nice though if we could have done it on Asian prices. Oh and we nearly wee'd ourselves at the end when they collected for the bar and snack boxes. One coupld sat in front of us picked up a bill for $47 when we had seen them have 2 cans of coke and 2 mars bars (we hadn't seen the underwater camera they had bought!) but the bar bills were expensive, I started having a full on panic attack as when the fruit and cakes were passed around we just took some assuming they were free, I had a vision of $10 for a piece of watermelon, but thankfully they were free.

We nipped back to Woolies to stock up the esky with ice and ended up buying 8 sausages (which we can make last for breako and tea for 2 days. And we also bought our cheapest petrol to date. We really are turning into the people we hate where all our spend is going to ... well one company but our food bill is probably about $7 per day for two of us (and about 1/3 of this is on ice for the esky).

We got back and had yesterdays leftovers (yes we can make two chicken thighs last for 2 teas again now). As planned Erica got an early night, I on the other hand.... was addicting to a book and hid a bottle of wine outside before the Lady disappeared then spent until about 12 reading and drinking my wine. Oh well that is the end of the Stieg Larsson trilogy for me. Erica still has to read the last one so we will probably go about 3 days without talking again. Damn I never realised books could be so addictive.

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