Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands

Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
Trip End Jun 11, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Monday, May 25, 2009

So I realize I haven't updated in a while, but I'm still alive and well.  I've managed to avoid the floods, the swine flu and any kind of Wolf Creek experience (Australia's version of Hostel).  I have realized that I did not give myself nearly enough time to do everything I wanted so I've packed a load of stuff into a short time. So, I'll try to recap as well as I can.

Airlie Beach is basically just a jump off spot to set sail on the Whitsunday Islands.  The town itself is basically one street that consists of bars, hostels and places to eat.  There isn't really much to do in the town but sunbath and drink. So, well, that pretty much what I did until I got on my boat out to the Whitsunday Islands.

I sing up for the sailing trip with my new friend Dusko in Magnetic Island so we set out on Monday for 2 nights on the boat Tongarra.  Tongarra was a good size catamaran, but when I saw it and realized that 22 people and a crew had to sleep and spend the next 48 hours on it together I got a little nervous.  It ends up that everyone actually just slept on the deck of the boat where they they threw up a big tent cover.  I was a little surprised at first, but it was amazing to be able to sleep under the stars which are really spectacular in Australia.

Anyways we set out with a unfortunate forecast of rain but I soon realized that it is what you make of it. Luckily the clouds broke up over the first night so we got some sunshine.  I loved being out on the boat again. The views were really spectacular and we ended up getting a pretty good group of people, but once again I was the only North American on the trip which I don't mind at all. Ya, I definitely met a lot of different interesting characters.

The trip was also my introduction to something they call goon here. It basically extremely cheap wine that come in 4 liter boxes.  I thought it was actually not bad and when you consider a case of beer is nearly $50 you can see why its often the backpackers drink of choice.

We also visited White-haven beach off from the boat.  It basically one of the most beautiful beaches you will see.  The sand is so white that it can be blinding when the sun is shining bright.

So after a few nights on the goon and getting up at the crack of dawn I was pretty exhausted. Although late nights and early mornings have become my daily routine. I figure I can sleep when I get back to Canada.

Back in Airlie I stayed a couple more nights and hung out with some people from the boat. Next off to Kroombit.

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