Living with prune skin..
Trip Start Jan 11, 2012
49Trip End Jun 17, 2012
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Townsville to Airlie Beach by Greyhound - thankfully made it through all the floods. Checked in with Explore Whitsundays for my Whitsundays Sailing Sensation - with some very miserable staff.
The 3 day/2 night sailing trip was quite an experience - not one that you would naturally imagine perhaps.. originally ~24 people, but within 2.5hrs we'd lost 5 (French) girls & by noon the next day a further 11 people left - leaving just 8 of us - to eat 24 steaks for dinner!! :))
We started our trip by using power boats to reach the Broomstick ship - we arrived soaked & us & our bags then soaked the lower-decks for next few days - lovely damp, sweaty and prune-like skin..talc became our friend
However, we were able to help hoist the sails & wear some very gorgeous yellow fisherman waterproofs - we were literally wearing all the sunshine we were going to get for the next few days..
We landed & had a brief trek through the forest to the white beaches - wearing our rather supportive glamorous 'stinger' suits - tried some unsuccessful snorkelling but did have a really good volleyball game on 'our' beach - I suppose you could say we were privileged as usually the beach is swarming with 1000's of people! Did see a sand shark, and a sea turtle surfacing! Even after all that exercise the 8 of us were completely defeated by the 24-person 'tower' of nachos & sour-cream!
We landed back at Airlie Beach and swayed for a few hours - celebrating our 'sailing sensation survival' with strange blue & purple cocktail concoctions!
Obviously the next day on land was dry.. heard about the hurricane that had hit Townsville, several smashed up boats in the Airlie Beach marina and cancelled Greyhound buses, as all roads north and south were flooded - can the day get any better?
Spent most of the day pretending I wasn't marooned in Airlie Beach with the start of a stinking cold.. ate lots, and chilled at another man-made lagoon - trying to 'cook' the germs out of my skin!
Successfully boarded the 1st overnight Greyhound bus travelling south - very full of unhappy people. Later, the police closed the road ahead, as a car had been swept over a creek due to all the rain - so we sat for 4hrs without A/C (just to boost the mood). After 18hrs we arrived at Hervey Bay - tired and dehydrated - but happy to at least be somewhere!